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Jalen Cantrell Richard[1] (born October 15, 1993) is an American football running back for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL).

Jalen Richard
No. 30 – Oakland Raiders
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1993-10-15) October 15, 1993 (age 26)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Peabody Magnet
(Alexandria, Louisiana)
College:Southern Miss
Undrafted:2016
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2019
Rushing yards:1,082
Rushing average:5.2
Receptions:134
Receiving yards:1,121
Return yards:955
Total touchdowns:6
Player stats at NFL.com

Early lifeEdit

Richard was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 15, 1993 to Krissy and James Richard. He has two younger brothers, Jeremy and Justin. He attended Peabody Magnet High School and participated in track and field and football.[2]

College careerEdit

Richard played college football at Southern Mississippi from 2012–2015.[3] As a freshman, he had 87 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a loss at Central Florida.[4] Overall, on the season, he finished with 426 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, eight receptions, 39 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown.[5] In the 2013 season, he finished with 326 rushing yards, 168 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown.[6] In the 2014 season, he finished with 236 rushing yards, 184 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown.[7] On September 19, 2015, he had 230 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in a win at Texas State.[8] On October 24, he had 114 rushing yard and a rushing touchdown to go along with a 95-yard kick return touchdown against Charlotte.[9] On November 21, he had 161 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in a home victory over Old Dominion.[10] In his final collegiate season, his role expanded and he finished with 1,098 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns, 30 receptions, 284 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns to go along with a kick return touchdown.[11]

Richard graduated from Southern Mississippi with a major in exercise science.[12]

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Jalen Richard Rushing Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2012 Southern Miss CUSA FR RB 10 87 426 4.9 4 8 39 4.9 1
2013 Southern Miss CUSA SO RB 11 85 326 3.8 0 21 168 8.0 1
2014 Southern Miss CUSA JR RB 7 40 236 5.9 1 24 184 7.7 1
2015 Southern Miss CUSA SR RB 13 185 1098 5.9 14 30 284 9.5 2
Career Southern Miss 41 397 2086 5.3 19 83 675 8.1 5

Professional careerEdit

Richard signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2016.[13] He decided to wear the #30 jersey in honor of a god-brother who was unable to continue playing football due to illness.[14]

2016 season: Rookie yearEdit

On September 11, 2016, Richard made his NFL debut against the New Orleans Saints rushing for 84 yards on three carries and catching two passes for 11 yards.[15] Richard ran for a 75-yard score on his first career carry.[16] Richard became just the fourth player to have a touchdown run of 75 yards or more in his NFL debut (Oran Pape in 1930, Alan Ameche in 1955, and Ottis Anderson in 1979).[17] On October 9, 2016, he caught 6 passes for a season-high 66 receiving yards against the San Diego Chargers.[18] He picked up 22 yards on a short pass.[19] On October 30, Richard ran for 34 yards on five carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[20] He recorded a 20-yard run.[21] On November 6, 2016, Richard ran for 62 yards on eight carries against the Denver Broncos.[22] Richard finished his rookie season with 491 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, 194 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.[23]

2017 seasonEdit

In Week 2, against the New York Jets, Richard had a 52-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter of the 45–20 victory.[24] Richard finished the 2017 season with 275 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, 256 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.[25]

2018 seasonEdit

Under new head coach Jon Gruden, Richard saw an expanded role in the receiving game in the 2018 season. He started the season with nine receptions for 55 receiving yards in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams.[26] On December 2, against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had 126 scrimmage yards (31 receiving, 95 rushing) in the loss.[27] He finished with 68 receptions for 607 receiving yards to go along with 259 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[28]

2019 seasonEdit

On March 7, 2019, the Raiders placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Richard.[29]

NFL statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Returning Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2016 OAK 16 0 83 491 5.9 75T 1 29 194 6.7 29 2 51 708 13.9 50 0 0 0
2017 OAK 16 1 56 275 4.9 52T 1 27 257 9.5 39 1 34 245 7.2 19 0 2 2
2018 OAK 16 0 55 259 4.7 30 1 68 607 8.9 32 0 2 3 1.5 3 0 2 2
Career 48 1 194 1,025 5.3 75T 3 124 1,057 8.5 39 3 87 956 10.9 50 0 4 4

PostseasonEdit

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Returning Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2016 OAK 1 0 3 3 1.0 4 0 2 8 4.0 5 0 7 106 15.1 37 0 0 0
Career 1 0 3 3 1.0 4 0 2 8 4.0 5 0 7 106 15.1 37 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jalen Richard Pro-Football-Reference Profile". rbref.com.
  2. ^ "Recruit Spotlight: Running Back Jalen Richard, Peabody High School, Class of 2012". LA Football Magazine. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Jalen Richard College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Southern Mississippi at UCF Box Score, October 13, 2012". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Jalen Richard 2012 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Jalen Richard 2013 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Jalen Richard 2014 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Southern Mississippi at Texas State Box Score, September 19, 2015". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Southern Mississippi at Charlotte Box Score, October 24, 2015". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Old Dominion at Southern Mississippi Box Score, November 21, 2015". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "Jalen Richard 2015 Game Log\". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  12. ^ http://www.southernmiss.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/richard_jalen00.html
  13. ^ "Jalen Richard signs with Raiders".
  14. ^ "Behind The Numbers: Jalen Richard Honors A Family Member". Raiders.com. September 7, 2016.
  15. ^ Damien, Levi (September 11, 2016). "Jalen Richard lives dream in big Louisiana homecoming". Silver And Black Pride. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  16. ^ NFL (September 11, 2016), Jalen Richard Breaks 75-Yard TD Run, Carr Finds Cooper for the 2-Pt! | Raiders vs. Saints | NFL, retrieved November 20, 2016
  17. ^ Killion, Ann (September 11, 2016). "Storybook debut for Raiders rookie Jalen Richards". SFGate. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  18. ^ "Jalen Richard rushed eight times for 31 yards and caught 6-of-7 targets for 66 yards in the Raiders' Week 5 win over the Chargers. • Sleeperbot". sleeperbot.com. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  19. ^ "Jalen Richard picks up 22 yards on short pass". NFL.com. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  20. ^ Pugliese, Anthony (October 30, 2016). "Bucs Lose Heart-Breaker To Raiders In Overtime". www.thescrumsports.com. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  21. ^ "Richard bursts through a hole for 20 yards". Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  22. ^ Gutierrez, Paul (November 7, 2016). "Raiders prove they are the real deal with thumping of Broncos". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  23. ^ "Jalen Richard 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  24. ^ "New York Jets at Oakland Raiders - September 17th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  25. ^ "Jalen Richard 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  26. ^ "Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders - September 10th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  27. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders - December 2nd, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  28. ^ "Jalen Richard 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  29. ^ Alper, Josh (March 7, 2019). "Raiders tender Jalen Richard, Daryl Worley at second-round level". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.

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