C. J. Gable

C. J. Gable (born Carl Gable Jr. October 19, 1987) is a Canadian football running back who is currently a free agent. He was most recently a member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for the University of Southern California Trojans. He has also been a member of the Denver Broncos (NFL), Nebraska Danger (IFL) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL).

C.J. Gable
No. --     Free Agent
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Gable warming up before a game against California
Born: (1987-10-19) October 19, 1987 (age 32)
Sylmar, California
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)RB
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
CollegeSouthern California
Career history
As player
2011New Orleans Saints*
2011Denver Broncos*
2013Nebraska Danger*
20132017Hamilton Tiger-Cats
20172019Edmonton Eskimos
*Preseason or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL East All-Star2013, 2016
Career stats

Early yearsEdit

Gable attended Sylmar High School in Sylmar, California. By his sophomore season, he had garnered attention for his play at free safety.[1] He was a 2005 Parade High School All-American before joining the Trojans for the 2006 season. At Sylmar, as a sophomore he had a total of 80 carries, 509 yards, 7 touchdowns as a part-time running back. As a junior, now the full-time running back he had a total of 180 carries, 2,023 yards, 23 touchdowns. As a senior, he had a breakout season having a total of 202 carries, 2,086 yards, 27 touchdowns and came up just short of the school rushing record of 2,095 set by Ryen Carew in 2002. He is the only running back to rush for over 2,000 yards back to back in Sylmar High School history.[2]

College careerEdit

Gable became the first freshman to ever start an opener at running back for USC when he started at Arkansas in 2006. Gable suffered a season-ending injury in the third game of the 2007 season. He ran a 4.68-second 40-yard dash in the summer of 2008. Gable competed for playing time at running back and kick returner as a sophomore in 2008.[3] Gable originally wore #25 when he began his USC career, but had it changed to #2, his number in high school; when he arrived at USC, #2 was already worn by wide receiver Steve Smith. However, Smith left for the NFL after the 2006 season and Gable was able to reclaim his old number.[4]

He decided not to declare for the 2009 NFL Draft and returned to USC as a fourth-year junior.[5]

Gable ran for 617 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2008, while also returning 7 kicks for 196 yards and a 93-yard touchdown return against Stanford. In 2009, he ran for 102 yards on 24 carries. Gable also returned 19 kicks for 348 yards in '09.

Professional careerEdit

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Gable went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. On July 26, 2011, Gable signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints. He was waived on August 5, 2011.

Denver BroncosEdit

 
Gable during his brief tenure with the Denver Broncos

On August 6, 2011, Gable signed with the Denver Broncos, but was waived on August 29.

Nebraska DangerEdit

Gable was signed by the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League on October 24, 2012, but was released on February 28, 2013.

CFL careerEdit

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

Gable was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League on April 2, 2013. CJ Gable had a strong first season in the CFL. He was a threat both rushing the ball and receiving the ball out of the backfield. Gable totaled 782 rushing yards on 130 carries, with 7 touchdowns as well as 598 receiving yards on 54 catches with 5 touchdowns. He was the 2013 winner of the Frank M. Gibson Trophy as runner up for the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award.

Gable's second season in the CFL was marred by injury. He only played in the first 6 games of the season before injuring his foot and shoulder. He wound up with just 138 rushing yards on 30 carries (4.6 average) for 2 touchdowns, with 18 catches for 224 yards and 2 more touchdowns. In late February 2015, Gable and the Tiger-Cats agreed to a contract extension which will keep Gable in Hamilton through the 2017 CFL season.[6] His third season with the Ti-Cats was similar to his second season in that he missed significant playing time due to injury. The 2016 season was a return to form for Gable, as he played in 15 games for the Ti-Cats, rushing the ball 126 times for 693 yards (5.5 average) and 3 touchdowns. He also caught 39 passes for 404 yards and one receiving touchdown. Gable earned divisional All-Star honours for the second time in his career as a result of his strong play in 2016. Gable returned in 2017 as the team's primary running back, playing in nine of the clubs first 13 games. Gable carried the ball 74 times for 466 yards with 5 touchdowns for the Ti-Cats in 2017.

Edmonton EskimosEdit

On October 2, 2017 the Edmonton Eskimos acquired C.J. Gable via trade, in exchange for two unnamed players from their negotiation list.[7] In four regular season games with the Eskimos Gable carried the ball 72 times for 367 yards (5.1 avg) with two touchdowns (he also caught nine passes for 99 yards and one touchdown). In two playoff games Gable had 28 rushing attempts for 161 yards with three touchdowns. Following the season he was re-signed by the Eskimos to a two-year deal.[8] Although Edmonton missed the playoffs with a 9-9 record, Gable's 2018 proved to be a career year, rushing for his first 1,000 season. In 16 games, Gable had 196 rushes for 1,063 yards with 7 touchdowns, in addition to 34 catches for 212 yards and another score. Gable had another strong season in 2019, carrying the ball a career high 205 times eclipsing 1000 rushing yards for the second consecutive season. Following the season Gable was not re-signed by the Eskimos and became a free agent on February 11, 2020.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

  Rushing   Receiving
Year Team GP Car Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2013 HAM 15 130 782 6.0 34 7 55 600 10.9 42 5
2014 HAM 7 30 138 4.6 47 2 18 224 12.4 82 2
2015 HAM 5 47 293 6.2 47 0 10 82 8.2 17 0
2016 HAM 15 126 693 5.5 53 3 39 405 10.4 35 1
2017 HAM 9 74 466 6.3 46 5 25 186 7.4 28 0
2017 EDM 4 72 367 5.1 19 2 9 99 11.0 35 1
2018 EDM 16 196 1,063 5.4 61 7 34 212 6.2 22 1
2019 EDM 14 205 1,001 4.9 34 2 53 417 7.9 29 1
CFL totals 85 880 4,803 5.5 61 28 243 2,225 9.2 82 11

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eric Sondheimer, Younger Players Win Over Veterans, Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2003, Accessed August 18, 2008.
  2. ^ C.J. Gable - Yahoo! Sports
  3. ^ http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gable_cj00.html Player Bio: C.J. Gable
  4. ^ Scott Wolf, Number Change Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine, Inside USC, December 24, 2006.
  5. ^ USC Safety Taylor Mays Will Return to USC SI.com, January 13, 2009
  6. ^ "Ticats lock RB Gable through 2017". TSN. TSN.ca Staff.
  7. ^ "Esks acquire RB C.J. Gable in trade with Ticats - CFL.ca". CFL.ca. 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  8. ^ "Eskimos re-sign RB Gable to two-year deal - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-12-12. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  9. ^ "The Great Debate: Where will Gable play in '20?". CFL.ca. 2020-02-03. Retrieved 2020-02-12.

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