All-American running back who is coming off a remarkable freshman season ... has unlimited potential ... continues to learn football ...named to pre-season watch list for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the top player in FCS football ... honored as the winner of the first Jerry Rice Award, presented to the top freshman in NCAA FCS football by The Sports Network and fathead.com ... received award from Jerry Rice at The Sports Network FCS Awards Dinner in Frisco, Texas in early January ... set Towson single season record with 29 touchdowns scored in 2011 ... led NCAA FCS with 29 touchdowns in 2011, set a national record for touchdowns scored by a freshman ... NCAA FCS scoring leader with 174 points in 11 games, an average of 15.8 points per game.
2011 SEASON: Highly-decorated freshman who was named as the Jerry Rice Award winner as the top freshman in FCS football ... also named first team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation, The Sports Network, Phil Steele’s Magazine and the College Sports Journal ... honored as ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year and first team All-ECAC ... All-Colonial Athletic Association first team selection who was honored as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year ... named second team All-American by Associated Press ... two-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week ... honored as CAA Rookie of the Week four times.
Appeared in 11 games and did not start any contests ... did not play in season opener against Morgan State while decision was being made whether or not to red-shirt ... led Tigers with 1,294 rushing yards on 194 carries ... accumulated third-highest single season rushing total in program history ... second-leading rusher in the CAA who ranked 12th in NCAA FCS ... averaged 6.7 yards per carry, setting a school record ... also established a Towson single season with 29 touchdowns, shattering the record set by Tony Vinson in 1993 ... made debut against Villanova, helping Tigers to a 31-10 win by rushing for 40 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns ... earned CAA Rookie of the Year award for the first time after Villanova victory ... helped Tigers to a 42-17 Homecoming victory over Colgate by running for 83 yards on 13 carries with three touchdowns.
Lifted Tigers to 31-28 victory over No. 14 Richmond by rushing for a career high 128 yards on 21 carries with career best four touchdowns ... earned second CAA Rookie of the Week award after Richmond victory.
Helped Tigers to dramatic 39-35 victory at No. 18 Old Dominion by rushing for 148 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns ... gave Tigers a 14-7 first quarter lead by scoring on a 47-yard run with 11:23 left in the period and a 54-yard run with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter ... averaged 9.2 yards per carry against ODU ... named as CAA Rookie of the Week for third time after ODU victory.
Led Tigers to a 38-27 win at No. 14 William and Mary by running for 141 yards on 23 carries with three touchdowns ... scored all three touchdowns in first half, helping Tigers build a 28-10 advantage ... honored as CAA Rookie of the Week for the fourth time after win over the Tribe.
Matched career high by scoring four touchdowns against Delaware in Tigers’ loss ... picked up 155 yards on career high 27 carries against the Blue Hens ... gave Tigers a quick 7-0 lead when he ran 46 yards for a touchdown on Towson’s fourth offensive play of the game ... also scored on a seven-yard run, an eight-yard run and a 14-yard run.
Paced Tigers’ ground game in 40-30 victory at No. 7 Maine that gave Towson a share of first place in the CAA ... ran for a career best 183 yards on 21 carries against the Black Bears ... had an eight-yard TD run in the first quarter and scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter ... scored game-clinching touchdown on a four-yard TD run with 5:42 remaining to give Towson a 40-23 advantage ... named as CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the first time after win over Maine.
Exploded for a career best 261 yards on 23 carries to lead Tigers to a 56-42 win over No. 8 New Hampshire ... posted third four-TD game of season in win over the Wildcats ... averaged 11.3 yards per carry against UNH ... had the two-longest touchdown runs of the season against the Wildcats ... ran for a career-best 72-yard touchdown with 9:48 left in first quarter to tie the game at 7-7 ... also had a 69-yard TD run in the second quarter that gave Towson a 42-21 advantage ... also scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter ... closed out Tigers’ scoring with a two-yard touchdown run in the third period, giving Towson a 56-28 lead ... honored as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time after win against UNH.
Closed out regular season by scoring two touchdowns in Tigers’ 28-17 win at Rhode Island ... ran for 52 yards on 19 carries against URI as Tigers came from behind to clinch CAA championship ... helped Tigers overcome 10-0 first half deficit by scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter ... had a three-yard TD run early in the second quarter and scored on a 10-yard run with 1:53 left in the half, giving the Tigers a lead that they never relinquished.
Ran for 52 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns in FCS playoff game against Lehigh ... had an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a one-yard TD run in the third quarter.
AT NORTHWESTERN H.S.: All-Baltimore City selection at running back for Coach Eric Woodson as a junior and senior ... led the Wildcats to a 9-1 record as a senior ... accumulated 4,700 total yards in high school career ... also returned kickoffs and punts ... picked up 2,000 total yards as a senior ... accumulated 1,500 yards as a junior, leading the Wildcats to a 7-3 record ... named honorable mention All-Metro ... also played for the Wildcats’ basketball team and baseball team ... member of track and field team as well ... leading scorer for the basketball team ... honor roll student ... spent one year at Fork Union Military Academy.
PERSONAL: Has one brother and two sisters ... lists his mother as the person he admires the most ... favorite NFL team is the Baltimore Ravens ... favorite NFL player is Ray Lewis, the Ravens’ All-Pro linebacker ... enjoys reading Shakespeare ... favorite athlete is LeBron James ... lists “Love and Basketball” as his favorite movie ... favorite actor is Derek Luke ... enjoys listening to music by Lil Wayne ... son of Onika West ... born on January 28, 1991 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... major is sport management.