Thomas Rawls

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Thomas Rawls
Thomas Rawls 2015.jpg
Rawls with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015
No. 34 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1993-08-03) August 3, 1993 (age 26)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Flint Northern (Flint, Michigan)
College: Central Michigan
Undrafted: 2015
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards:1,336
Rushing average:4.3
Rushing touchdowns:7
Receptions:31
Receiving yards:266
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Thomas Tyrell Rawls (born August 3, 1993) is an American football running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He played college football at Michigan and Central Michigan. Rawls currently holds the Seahawks' record for the most single game rushing yards by a rookie running back (209) and the most rushing yards by an undrafted rookie in his first 6 games (711). He also holds the Seahawks' record for most yards in a postseason game (161), accomplished in the 2016 Wildcard Round game against the Detroit Lions.

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High school career

Rawls graduated from Flint Northern High School in Flint, Michigan, where his coaches nicknamed him "The Train". [1] As a running back, he averaged more than 10 yards per carry, totaling 1,585 yards on 150 carries with 19 touchdowns in his senior season. [2] He rushed for a record 458 yards and eight touchdowns against Bay City Western, breaking a Flint record set by Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram. [3] He was a unanimous All-State selection, was named Most Valuable Player in the Saginaw Valley League, Player of the Year on The Flint Journal's All-Area Team, and was one of the most highly recruited players in Michigan, with offers from University of Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo and Cincinnati [4] [5] Rawls also lettered in track & field at Flint Northern; at the 2010 Regional Meet, he placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.8 seconds. He posted a personal-best time of 10.7 seconds in the 100-meter dash and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds as a senior.

Flint Northern High School

Flint Northern High School, was a public secondary school located in Flint, Michigan. The original building "#1" was built in 1928 and demolished in the 1980s, after being the home of the Flint Academy. It was one of the high schools in the Flint Community Schools district along with Flint Northwestern High School and Flint Southwestern Academy. It was closed in 2013 and reopened as Northern Academy. The Flint school board finally closed the school completely in 2014.

Flint, Michigan City in Michigan, United States

Flint is the largest city and seat of Genesee County, Michigan, United States. Located along the Flint River, 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Detroit, it is a principal city within the region known as Mid Michigan. According to the 2010 census, Flint has a population of 102,434, making it the seventh largest city in Michigan. The Flint metropolitan area is located entirely within Genesee County. It is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Michigan with a population of 425,790 in 2010. The city was incorporated in 1855.

Heisman Trophy annual award for outstanding college football player

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College career

Michigan

Rawls committed to the University of Michigan on February 1, 2011. [6] In announcing his commitment, Rawls said he hoped to break Mike Hart's rushing records at Michigan: "Mike Hart, he was my favorite player. Honestly, I want to play early like he did. I want to play as a true freshman running back. I know I am going to make an impact. Also, Mike Hart holds a lot of records at Michigan, and with all due respect to Mike, I want to shatter those records." [7]

University of Michigan Public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

The University of Michigan, often simply referred to as Michigan, is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The university is Michigan's oldest; it was founded in 1817 in Detroit, as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, 20 years before the territory became a state. The school was moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto 40 acres (16 ha) of what is now known as Central Campus. Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the university campus has expanded to include more than 584 major buildings with a combined area of more than 34 million gross square feet spread out over a Central Campus and North Campus, two regional campuses in Flint and Dearborn, and a Center in Detroit. The university is a founding member of the Association of American Universities.

Mike Hart (American football) American football coach and former running back

Leon Michael Hart is an American football coach and former player. He currently serves as the running backs coach at Indiana University. Hart played college football as a running back at the University of Michigan from 2004 to 2007 and holds the Michigan Wolverines career rushing record with 5,040 yards. He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Hart played three seasons for the Colts, mostly in a back-up role, before the team released him in the spring of 2011. He has previously worked as an assistant football coach at Syracuse University, Western Michigan University, and Eastern Michigan University.

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Rawls with Michigan in October 2012

As a freshman, he appeared in 10 games for the Michigan football team and had a season-high 73 rushing yards against Minnesota on October 1, 2011. [8] [9] After a good showing in his freshman season, Rawls was picked by Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com as one of five Michigan players likely to surprise in 2012. [10] However, Rawls's playing time was minimal in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons, having only three carries in the entire 2013 season. [11] [12] [13]

2011 Michigan Wolverines football team football team of the University of Michigan during the 2011 season

The 2011 Michigan Wolverines football team, sometimes known as Team 132 in reference to the 132-year tradition of the Michigan football program, was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan during the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season.

2011 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

The 2011 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota for the 2011 college football season. The Golden Gophers are members of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at TCF Bank Stadium. They were led by head coach Jerry Kill for his first season as head coach at Minnesota. They finished with 3–9 overall record, 2–6 in Big 10 Legends play.

2012 Michigan Wolverines football team football team of the University of Michigan during the 2012 season

The 2012 Michigan Wolverines football team, sometimes known as Team 133 in reference to the 133-year tradition of the Michigan football program, was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan during the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season.

Central Michigan

In January 2014, it was announced that Rawls was transferring to Central Michigan University to play his senior season for the Chippewas. [14] On September 6, 2014, Rawls rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns in Central Michigan's 38–17 victory over Purdue. After the game, Rawls told reporters, "I felt like the game was on me. I want that pressure. It excites me and boosts me to run even harder. The coaching staff put their trust in me." [15] [16]

Central Michigan University public research university in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a public research university in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Established in 1892, Central Michigan University is one of the largest universities in the state of Michigan and one of the nation's 100 largest public universities. It has more than 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and 7,000 students enrolled online at more than 60 locations worldwide.

Central Michigan Chippewas football football team of Central Michigan University

The Central Michigan Chippewas are a college football program in Division I FBS, representing Central Michigan University (CMU). CMU currently has the 30th highest overall winning percentage of programs currently playing in NCAA Division I.

2014 Purdue Boilermakers football team football team of Purdue University during the 2014 season

The 2014 Purdue Boilermakers football team was an American football team that represented Purdue University during the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Boilermakers played in the new West Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. The team was led by head coach Darrell Hazell, who was in his second season at Purdue. Purdue finished the season with a record of 3–9, 1–7 in Big Ten play to finish in last place in the West Division. This marked the first time since 1993 that Purdue finished with the worst record in the Big Ten in back-to-back seasons.

On September 13, 2014, Rawls was held out of a game against the Syracuse Orange for unknown reasons [17] but Rawls had a career game upon his return. He ran the ball 40 times for 229 yards against Ohio, then another 40 times against Northern Illinois for a career-high 270 yards. [18] [19] The Chippewas' offense was centered around Rawls to set up the passing attack. Rawls finished the season with 1,103 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, despite playing in 7 of the team's 13 games due to suspension and injury. [20] Rawls was viewed as a late-round draft pick going into the 2015 NFL draft. [21]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt 40-yard dash 10-yd split20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 9 in
(1.75 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
4.46 s1.63 s2.62 s4.37 s7.10 s35 12 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day [22]

Seattle Seahawks

2015 season

After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, Rawls signed with the Seattle Seahawks on May 2, 2015. [23] He was behind Robert Turbin and Christine Michael on the depth chart, but after the Seahawks traded Michael to the Dallas Cowboys and Turbin suffered an injury and was subsequently waived from the team, [24] Rawls made his way onto the roster. He began as a backup along with Fred Jackson to starter Marshawn Lynch and saw his first game action in the season opener for Seattle against the St. Louis Rams. [25] Lynch underwent surgery later in the season, moving Rawls to a starting role.

On September 27, 2015, Rawls saw his first meaningful playing time in a game, rushing for 104 yards in relief of an injured Lynch. [26] It was the first time any Seattle running back beside Lynch had gained 100 yards since 2012. [27]

Continuing to fill-in for the injured Lynch, Rawls rushed for 169 yards on October 11, 2015, including a 69-yard touchdown run in a game against the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. However, the Seahawks would give up a 17-point fourth quarter lead to lose the game, curiously not using Rawls once during overtime. [28]

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Rawls (#34) in 2015

With Lynch again sidelined with an abdomen injury, Rawls started his third career game, this time against the Seahawks' division rival San Francisco 49ers, on November 22, 2015. He ran for 209 yards on 30 carries and had 255 total yards and 2 touchdowns, the first time a Seahawk eclipsed 200 rushing yards since former NFL MVP Shaun Alexander in 2006. At this point in the season, Rawls had run for three 100-yard games, while incumbent starter Marshawn Lynch had run for over 75 yards only once. [29] [30]

On November 22, 2015, Rawls broke the Seahawks franchise rookie-record for rushing yards (209). [31] Rawls also made NFL history as the first player with 250-plus scrimmage yards, a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the same game. [32] Rawls continued his breakout campaign with touchdowns against the Steelers and Vikings in Weeks 12 and 13, respectively. With the performance vs the Vikings earning Rawls the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors. [33]

On December 13, 2015, Rawls' successful rookie season was cut short after suffering a fractured ankle on the Seahawks opening drive against the Baltimore Ravens that forced Rawls to be out for the season. [34] Rawls had 6 carries for 44 yards before he was injured. Rawls had 147 carries for 830 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving touchdown in his successful rookie season. [35] On December 15, 2015, Rawls was placed on Injured Reserve. [36] He was voted to be in the PFWA All-Rookie Team (2015). [37]

2016 season

On September 11, 2016, Rawls had 12 carries for 32 yards and 3 catches for 26-yards in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins. [38] He left the following game after suffering a fractured fibula and finished the Week 2 loss with 7 rushing attempts for -7 yards. [39] [40] He helped win a game on Sunday, December 4 against the Carolina Panthers, as the Seahawks manhandled the Panthers with a final score of 40-7. [41] He finished the 2016 regular season with 349 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. [42] He holds the Seahawks' record for most yards in a postseason game (161), accomplished on January 7, 2017 versus the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card Round. [43]

2017 season

Rawls regressed for the second straight season in 2017. The Seahawks as a whole suffered through one of the least efficient offensive line units and an inconsistent backfield. [44] He finished the season with 157 rushing yards on 58 carries to go along with nine receptions for 94 yards. [45]

New York Jets

On March 30, 2018, Rawls signed with the New York Jets. [46] He was released on September 1, 2018. [47]

Cincinnati Bengals

On September 19, 2018, Rawls was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals. [48] He was released on October 9, 2018. [49]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On January 9, 2019, Rawls signed a futures contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. [50]

Controversies

Rawls was arrested in the spring of 2014 for an April 8 incident in which he and two companions were charged with stealing a 62-year-old woman's purse from a casino. His arrest led to his indefinite suspension from Central Michigan University's football team. [51] He was reinstated a week later, after accepting a plea deal and missing two games. [51] In October 2014, Rawls pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted larceny and was sentenced to a year's probation and 104 hours of community service. He later publicly denied his guilt, declining to further elaborate. [52]

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