Selected by the Cardinals in the second round (38th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. In 2011, was placed on injured reserve (knee) on 8/29/11, forcing him to sit out his rookie season. Suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5 of the 2012 season and was placed on injured reserve on 10/9/12.
2012: Played in the first five games with three starts before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury … ran for 164 yards on 58 carries and caught seven passes for 44 yards … started at RB in his first career game vs. Sea (9/9); carried eight times for nine yards and had two receptions for 17 yards … ran for 13 yards on 10 carries and had two receptions for 10 yards @ NE (9/16) … ran for a team-high 83 yards on 13 carries vs. Phi (9/23); had seven carries for 62 yards in the fourth quarter alone, including a career-long 25-yard run on 3rd-n-17 and an 11-yard run on 3rd-n-3 on a drive that resulted in a FG … started and ran for 26 yards on 13 carries and had one reception vs. Mia (9/30) ... started and rushed for 33 yards on 14 carries and had one catch for five yards @ StL (10/4); left the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury … placed on injured reserve (shoulder) on 10/9.
2011: Suffered a right knee injury during the preseason matchup at Green Bay (8/19) and sat out the remainder of his rookie season after being placed on IR.
Started 18 of 23 games in two seasons at Virginia Tech, totaling 2,132 yards and 30 TDs on 403 carries (5.2 yard avg.) … added 26 receptions for 289 yards (11.1 yard avg.) and two TDs … scored 192 points in his career, ranking 10th in Virginia Tech history … his 32 total TDs rank as the fourth-best career total in school history, behind Lee Suggs (56; 1999-2002), Kevin Jones (35; 2001-03) and Branden Ore (33; 2005-07) … preseason All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a sophomore in ‘10, appeared in ten games with five starts … missed three games due to ankle injuries … totaled 477 yards and nine TDs on 110 carries (4.3 yard avg.) and caught 10 passes for 109 yards (10.9 yard avg.) and one TD … finished with 60 points and 586 all-purpose yards … All-ACC first-team selection by the league’s media as a freshman in ’09 and was named the conference’s Offensive Rookie of the Year … semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award (nation’s top RB) after starting all 13 games and leading the Hokies with 293 carries for 1,655 yards (5.6 yard avg.) and 21 TDs … average of 127.3 yards per game on the ground led the ACC and ranked fifth nationally … added 16 receptions for 180 yards (11.2 yard avg.) and one TD … accumulated 1,835 all-purpose yards and led the ACC and ranked fourth nationally in scoring, averaging 10.1 points per game … established an ACC single-season record with 132 points scored … his 1,655 rushing yards rank third all-time in ACC season history, surpassed only by Thomas Jones of Virginia (1,798; 1999) and Don McCauley of North Carolina (1,720; 1970) … rushed for 100+ yards 10 times on the season, tying Don McCauley’s 39-year old ACC season-record (1970) … tied Marshall Faulk’s (1991) NCAA freshman record with 21 rushing TDs, while also breaking the ACC’s single-season record, surpassing the previous high of 19 reached by Don McCauley of North Carolina (1970) and Robert Lavette of Georgia Tech (1982) … established an ACC record with 22 total TDs, breaking the previous mark of 21 held by Don McCauley of North Carolina (1970) and C.J. Spiller of Clemson (2009) … broke T.A. McLendon’s (North Carolina State) ACC freshman record of 18 total TDs with 22 total TDs … established an ACC freshman record with 1,835 all-purpose yards … redshirted in ’08 after becoming one of two winners of the Torgersen Award for the top newcomers of the spring.
Attended Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) High School where he became one of the nation’s most sought-after RB recruits … a four-year starter, totaled more than 3,000 yards rushing in his career … as a junior in 2006, earned All-American, All-State and All-Cedar Run Class AAA honors, as he exploded for 1,572 yards and 21 TDs on 167 carries, averaging 9.4 yards per attempt … also scored twice on receptions while returning one kickoff and one punt for TDs … as a senior, rushed for 640 yards and seven TDs while earning Super Prep All-American honors, despite missing three games due to ankle injuries … earned an invitation to the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he beat out some of the nation’s elite prep runners for a starting job on the East squad … Business major.