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Rashaad Armein Penny (born February 2, 1996) is an American football running back for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at San Diego State, where, in 2017, he led the nation with 2,248 rushing yards and scored 23 touchdowns on 289 carries, finishing fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting and garnering first-team All-American and All-Mountain West honors. Penny also caught 19 passes for 135 yards and two scores and scored twice on kickoff returns, averaging 30.6 yards on 17 attempts (ranked fifth in the FBS). He also scored a 70-yard touchdown on one of his two punt returns for the year.

Rashaad Penny
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Penny at 2018 pre-season press conference
No. 20 – Seattle Seahawks
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1996-02-02) February 2, 1996 (age 23)
Norwalk, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Norwalk (Norwalk, California)
College:San Diego State
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards:419
Rushing average:4.9
Rushing touchdowns:2
Receptions:9
Receiving yards:75
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Penny attended and played high school football at Norwalk High School.[1][2] He had a very productive senior season as he rushed for 2,504 yards and 41 rushing touchdowns on 216 carries and caught 21 passes for 665 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. He committed to play college football at SDSU over offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, San Jose State, and Utah State.[3]

College careerEdit

Penny played college football for the San Diego State Aztecs from 2014 to 2017.[4] During the 2016 season, Penny rushed for 1,018 yards on 136 carries for an average of 7.5 yards per carry.[5]

As a senior in 2017, Penny rushed for 216 yards and 12.0 yards per carry against Arizona State and 175 yards and 5.5 yards per carry against Stanford.[6][7] On September 25, 2017, he received the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week award for the fourth consecutive week.[8][9] During the 2017 regular season, he ranked first among all Division I FBS players with 2,027 rushing yards.[10]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2014 San Diego State 10 2 22 11.0 21 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2015 San Diego State 14 61 368 6.0 55 4 8 120 15.0 33 1
2016 San Diego State 14 135 1,005 7.4 73 11 15 224 14.9 41 3
2017 San Diego State 13 289 2,248 7.8 95 23 19 135 7.1 33 2
Career 51 487 3,643 7.5 95 38 42 479 11.4 41 6

Professional careerEdit

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 11 in
(1.80 m)
220 lb
(100 kg)
31 14 in
(0.79 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.46 s 1.58 s 2.63 s 32 12 in
(0.83 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
13 reps
All values from NFL Draft[11][12]

2018Edit

Penny was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 27th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.[13] On May 16, 2018, Penny signed a four-year deal worth $10.7 million featuring a $5.9 million signing bonus.[14] He made his NFL debut in the Seahawks' 27–24 loss to the Denver Broncos in the season opener. He had seven carries for eight yards to go along with four receptions for 35 yards.[15] In a Week 10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Penny had a breakout game with 12 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown.[16] Overall, he finished his rookie season with 419 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[17] The Seahawks made the playoffs as the #5-seed and faced off against the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card Round. In the 24–22 loss, Penny had four carries for 29 rushing yards.[18]

2019Edit

In week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penny rushed 10 times for 62 yards and his first rushing touchdown of the season as the Seahawks won 28-26. [19]

Personal lifeEdit

Penny has four siblings: Robert Jr., Elijhaa, Breonna, and Brionne.[20] His parents are Desiree and Robert Penny.[21] Penny's older brother Elijhaa is a fullback for the New York Giants.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sondheimer, Eric. "Penny family's loyalty to Norwalk inspires as the youngest son leads the Lancers to victory". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Norwalk's Rashaad Penny living the dream, drafted by Seattle Seahawks". Cerritos Community News. May 2, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Rashaad Penny College Bio". SDSU Athletics. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Rashaad Penny College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Rashaad Penny". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Rashaad Penny". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Easterling, Luke (September 17, 2017). "The Rashaad Penny show trucks through Stanford in upset win". Draft Wire/USA Today.
  8. ^ "Rashaad Penny Earns Fourth Straight MWC Offensive Award". Fox Sports. September 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Aztecs' Rashaad Penny is Mountain West Player of Week for record fourth straight week". The San Diego Union-Tribune. September 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "FBS (I-A) Player Rushing Statistics - 2017". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Rashaad Penny". nfl.com. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Wesseling, Chris (April 26, 2018). "Seahawks bolster RB ranks by drafting Rashaad Penny". NFL.com.
  14. ^ "Seahawks sign 2018 first-rounder Rashaad Penny". NFL. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "Stock watch: How did the Seahawks grade out in their 27-24 opening-week defeat to the Broncos?". The Seattle Times. September 9, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  16. ^ "Rashaad Penny On 108 Yards Against The Rams". Seahawks.com. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  17. ^ "Rashaad Penny 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  18. ^ "Wild Card - Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys - January 5th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  19. ^ "Wilson, Seahawks edge Steelers 28-26 as Roethlisberger exits". www.espn.com. September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  20. ^ "Penny brothers carry rich genes". Arizona Cardinals. March 1, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  21. ^ "Patience, perseverance pay off for Aztecs running back Rashaad Penny". The San Diego Union Tribune. August 27, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  22. ^ "Cards RB Penny inspires younger brother through draft process". USA Today. March 12, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.

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