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Phillip Lindsay (born July 24, 1994) is an American football running back for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Lindsay was born in Denver, Colorado, grew up in Aurora, Colorado, and attended South High School in Denver where he became the school's all-time leading rusher with 4,587 yards.[1] He played college football at the University of Colorado Boulder and set the school record in all-purpose yards (5,760) and yards from scrimmage (4,683).[2] He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2018. Lindsay became the first undrafted offensive rookie to ever make the Pro Bowl.[3]

Phillip Lindsay
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Lindsay in 2018
No. 30 – Denver Broncos
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1994-07-24) July 24, 1994 (age 25)
Denver, Colorado
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:South (Denver, Colorado)
College:Colorado
Undrafted:2018
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2019
Rushing yards:1,470
Rushing average:5.1
Receptions:55
Receiving yards:384
Total touchdowns:14
Player stats at NFL.com

High school careerEdit

Lindsay, like his father Troy, played running back in high school. At South High School, Lindsay elected to wear the same jersey number as his father, 22.[4] Playing for the Rebels, he chased the Denver Public School District record for rushing yards (4,400), which was set by his father in 1979.[5] After a successful first three years of high school, Lindsay committed to playing for the University of Colorado Boulder.[6] Shortly after surpassing his father's rushing record during his senior season, Lindsay suffered a severe ACL tear that brought an end to his high school career.[7] Despite this injury, Mike MacIntyre, Colorado's coach, upheld the school's scholarship offer for the 2013 season.[8]

College careerEdit

Lindsay joined the Colorado team during the fall of 2013. He opted to redshirt during the 2013 season.[9]

2014 seasonEdit

Before the 2014 season began, Coach MacIntyre began calling Lindsay the "Tasmanian Devil" due to his quickness and determination on the field.[10] As a backup running back and kick returner back during the season, Lindsay played in all 12 of the school's games. He led the team in kick returns and return yards and finished fourth on the team overall in rushing yards. Lindsay averaged 4.9 yards per carry in his 79 carries of the season.[11]

2015 seasonEdit

Like the 2014 season, Lindsay saw action in all of the Buffaloes' games. He led the team in rushing attempts (140) and rushing yards (643), averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Lindsay scored seven touchdowns during the season, 6 rushing and 1 receiving.[12] Despite only being a sophomore, Lindsay was elected by his teammates and coaches to be a team captain.[13]

2016 seasonEdit

During the 2016 season, he rushed for 1,252 yards on 244 carries for an average of 5.1 yards per carry.[14]

2017 seasonEdit

During his senior season in 2017, he rushed for a career-high 281 yards against Arizona.[15] During the 2017 regular season, he ranked ninth among all Division I FBS players with 1,474 rushing yards.[16] Lindsay finished the 2017 season with the most rushing attempts (301) in Division I play. He was selected as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award for the nation's top running back.[17]

Lindsay set the Colorado career record for all-purpose yards and yards from scrimmage and ranked second in school history in rushing yardage and fifth in points scored.[18]

College statisticsEdit

Rushing Receiving Kick Return
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD NO. YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG TD
2013 Redshirt
2014 79 391 4.9 36 0 14 118 8.4 27 0 36 849 23.6 0
2015 140 653 4.7 37 6 26 211 8.1 34 1 7 154 22.0 0
2016 244 1,252 5.1 75 16 53 493 9.3 67 1 2 74 37.0 0
2017 301 1,474 4.9 74 14 23 257 11.2 60 1 0 0 0 0
Total 764 3,770 4.9 75 36 116 1,079 9.25 67 3 45 1,077 23.9 0

[19]

Professional careerEdit

 
Lindsay in 2018 preseason
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 8 in
(1.73 m)
190 lb
(86 kg)
30 78 in
(0.78 m)
8 58 in
(0.22 m)
4.39 s 1.57 s 2.60 s 4.31 s 7.12 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
14 reps
All values from Pro Day[20][21]

2018Edit

Lindsay signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2018.[22] He made the Broncos' final roster after an impressive preseason, and was named the third running back on the depth chart behind Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker. In Week 1, against the Seattle Seahawks, he rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries and recorded two receptions for 31 yards and a receiving touchdown.[23] The following week, in a 20–19 victory over the Oakland Raiders, Lindsay ran for 107 yards and had one reception for four yards. He became the first undrafted player in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of their first two games.[24] During Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, Lindsay was ejected for throwing punches after a fumble. He was held to 20 rushing yards as the Broncos lost 14–27.[25] In Week 4, on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs, Lindsay had 69 rushing yards and added another rushing touchdown.[26] In Week 11, in a 23–22 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, Lindsay recorded his first multi-rushing touchdown game.[27] In a Week 12 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had a season-high 110 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[28] In a Week 13 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, he rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns, earning him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award.[29] On December 18, 2018 Lindsay was voted to his first Pro Bowl making him the first undrafted offensive rookie in NFL history to be voted to a Pro Bowl.[30] On December 24, 2018, Lindsay, who injured his wrist on Monday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders, was placed on injured reserve ahead of the Broncos’ final season game.[31] He finished his first season with 1,278 total yards (1,037 rushing yards, 241 receiving yards) from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns.

2019Edit

Lindsay made his return from injury in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. In the game, Lindsay rushed 11 times for 43 yards and caught four passes for 23 yards in the 24-16 loss.[32] In Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers, Lindsay rushed 21 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 49 yards as the Broncos lost 27-16. [33] In week 5 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Lindsay rushed 15 times for 114 yards and 1 touchdown and caught 4 passes for 33 yards as the Broncos won their first game of the season by a score of 20-13. [34]

NFL statisticsEdit

Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yards Avg Lng TD Rec Yards Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2018 DEN 15 8 192 1,037 5.4 65T 9 35 241 6.9 29T 1 0 0
Total 15 8 192 1,037 5.4 65T 9 35 241 6.9 29T 1 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kosmider, Nick (November 25, 2016). "Phillip Lindsay, Colorado Buffaloes heart and soul, part of unique Denver football story". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Howell, Brian (July 31, 2018). "Colorado Buffaloes football position preview: No Lindsay, but Buffs have options at running back". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Phillip Lindsay becomes first undrafted offensive rookie selected to NFL Pro Bowl, Von Miller to play in his seventh". The Denver Post. December 19, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Fredrickson, Kyle (August 31, 2017). "Colorado Buffaloes running back Phillip Lindsay's dad was a Colorado State Ram". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "CU Recruit Took Long Road From Setback To Signing Day". CBS4 Denver. February 10, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Casey, Ryan (December 13, 2012). "Phillip Lindsay, Denver South running back, says he's sticking with CU". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Tailback Dubbed Tasmanian Devil Leads Colorado's Revival". October 12, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "CU Recruit Took Long Road From Setback To Signing Day". CBS4 Denver. February 10, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Kensler, Tom (August 9, 2014). "Colorado redshirt-freshman running back Phillip Lindsay turning heads". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Howell, Brian (August 20, 2018). "CU football: Pride drives Buffs' RB Phillip Lindsay". Daily Camera. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Colorado Buffaloes 2014 Statistics – Team and Player Stats – College Football – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Colorado Buffaloes 2015 Statistics – Team and Player Stats – College Football – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Fredrickson, Kyle (May 11, 2018). "Broncos report to rookie mini-camp with large corps of former college team captains". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "Phillip Lindsay". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  15. ^ Fredrickson, Kyle (October 8, 2017). "Phillip Lindsay's record day marred by Colorado Buffaloes defeat against Arizona". The Denver Post.
  16. ^ "FBS (I-A) Player Rushing Statistics – 2017". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  17. ^ Howell, Brian (November 17, 2017). "CU Buffs' RB Phillip Lindsay a semifinalist for Doak Walker Award". The Denver Post.
  18. ^ "CU Buffaloes tailback Phillip Lindsay's greatness defined by durability". The Denver Post. November 24, 2017.
  19. ^ "Phillip Lindsay". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  20. ^ "Phillip Lindsay". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  21. ^ "Phillip Lindsay – Colorado, RB : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". www.draftscout.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  22. ^ "Broncos sign eight college free agents". DenverBroncos.com. May 1, 2018.
  23. ^ Swanson, Ben. "Phillip Lindsay nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week after debut vs. Seattle". Denver Broncos. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  24. ^ Patra, Kevin (September 17, 2018). "Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay sets NFL rookie record". NFL.com.
  25. ^ Legwold, Jeff. "Phillip Lindsay tossed from Broncos game after throwing punch". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  26. ^ Rodriguez, Jacob. "Hometown hero Phillip Lindsay a bright spot in heartbreaking Broncos loss". KUSA. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  27. ^ "Recap: Broncos top Chargers 23–22". Chargers.com. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  28. ^ "Broncos' Phillip Lindsay: Breaks century mark in Week 12 win". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  29. ^ Gordon, Grant (December 5, 2018). "Phillip Lindsay, Todd Gurley among NFL Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  30. ^ "Broncos rookie Phillip Lindsay makes pretty cool NFL history by being named to Pro Bowl". USA TODAY. December 19, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  31. ^ Stapleton, Arnie (December 28, 2018). "Broncos place rookie running back Phillip Lindsay on IR". AP NEWS. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  32. ^ "Raiders beat Broncos 24-16 in 1st game after Brown's release". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  33. ^ "Packers remain unbeaten with 27-16 win over Broncos". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  34. ^ "Lindsay helps give Broncos' Fangio first win as coach". www.espn.com. October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.

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