Starting running back and Heisman Trophy candidate … decided to return for his senior year and not enter the NFL draft … an offensive playmaker who will be counted on for leadership … WVU’s co-Offensive MVP last season … two-time all-BIG EAST, first team as a junior, second team as a sophomore … had an outstanding junior season (1,465), surpassing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second-straight year (1,297) … one of the quickest and most exciting runners in the nation … has collected 3,381 rushing yards in his career, fifth on WVU’s career list … registered 4,507 yards of all-purpose yardage, fourth on the school’s career list … an outstanding talent … explosive ability … elusive runner who is excellent in heavy traffic areas … named second-team preseason All-American by Lindy’s Football Preview, third team by Athlon Sports and fourth team preseason All-American … tabbed Sporting News “Best Instincts” … all-BIG EAST preseason first team by Phil Steele, Athlon Sports, Sporting News and Yahoo! Sports … bowl trips: 2008 Fiesta, 2008 Meineke, 2010 Gator.
2009 (Jr.): Unanimous all-BIG EAST first-team selection by league coaches, Phil Steele and ESPN.com … named one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, signifying the top offensive player in the nation … named to ESPN.com’s BIG EAST All-Bowl Team … played in 13 games and started 10 … saw action on more than 645 plays, including a season-high 74 at Auburn … used on 50 or more plays in nine games … led the team in rushing with 1,465 yards, averaging 6.1 yards a carry … scored 13 touchdowns rushing … scored season-high three touchdowns at Auburn and had two against Marshall … finished with 22 catches for 177 yards, an average of 8.0 yards per catch and scored a touchdown … No. 2 rusher in the BIG EAST and No. 17 nationally … No. 4 in the BIG EAST in all-purpose yardage (1,742) and No. 43 nationally … No. 5 in scoring touchdowns and No. 9 in total offense and overall scoring (6.5) … had at least one reception in every game but Rutgers … finished with 100 or more yards rushing in seven games, including a career-high 220 against Colorado … collected 19 plays of 20 yards or more, including 14 rushing, one receiving and four kickoff returns … seven runs of 50 or more yards, including three for touchdowns … BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week: Syracuse … WVU Offensive Champion: East Carolina, Colorado … selected an “Iron Mountaineer” by his teammates because of his hard work and dedication during the offseason lifting and conditioning program … named West Virginia’s Gator Bowl MVP against Florida State as he registered a game-high 168 yards on 16 carries, an average of 10.5 yards per carry and a touchdown … two catches for 28 yards with a long reception of 15 yards against the Seminoles … finished with a game-high 16 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown with a long of 32 yards at Rutgers … ran for 134 yards on 17 carries, an average of 7.9 yards per run with a 88-yard touchdown against Pitt … the 88-yard run was the longest by a Mountaineer during the season … his rushing yards against the Panthers were his third-most of the season … returned at Cincinnati after having an ankle injury the week before and finished with 88 yards on 25 carries, an average of 3.5 yards per carry … had a nine-yard reception … saw limited time against Louisville because of an ankle injury … collected 13 carries for 56 yards, an average of 4.3 yards per carry with a long run of 20 … had a 21-yard kickoff return … four catches for 33 yards with a long reception of 19 at USF … ran for 178 yards on 23 carries, an average of 7.7 yards per carry and a touchdown against UConn … had a long run of 62 yards … his 56-yard run in the fourth quarter with 2:10 left in the game lifted WVU to a four-point win … had a 13-yard reception … finished with 123 yards of all-purpose yardage against Marshall … 19 carries for 103 yards, an average of 5.4 yards per carry and two touchdowns with a long of 30 … had a 20-yard reception … posted 103 all-purpose yards at Syracuse, including 91 yards rushing on 22 carries, an average of 4.1 yards per carry and a touchdown … two receptions for 12 yards, including his first career receiving touchdown on an 11-yard reception … career-high 220 yards on 22 carries, an average of 10.0 yards a carry and a touchdown against Colorado … his 220 yards tied for seventh-best rushing performance in WVU history … finished with 179 yards of all-purpose yardage at Auburn, running for 128 yards on 15 carries, an average of 8.5 yards per carry and three touchdowns, long run of 71, two catches for 26 yards with a long of 17 and a 25-yard kickoff return … finished with 126 yards of all-purpose yardage against East Carolina, 19 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown, three catches for 18 yards and two kickoff returns for 28 yards with a long of 23 yards … ran for 112 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown against Liberty, averaging 6.6 yards a carry … three receptions for nine yards.
2008 (So.): Played all 13 games and started 12 … all-BIG EAST second team … Phil Steele’s BIG EAST second team …. BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week: Syracuse … WVU Offensive Champion: Colorado, Marshall, Syracuse, Louisville … saw action on more than 675 plays, including a season-high 71 against Cincinnati … used on 50 or more plays 11 times … team-leading rusher, registering 1,289 yards on 206 carries, an average of 6.3 yards per carry, four touchdowns and a long run of 92 … tied for second on the team with 35 catches for 185 yards with a long reception of 17 yards … collected 100 or more yards rushing five times, 100 or more all-purpose yards seven times and single plays of 20 yards or more 20 times … career high 207 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown against Auburn … 188 yards on 18 carries, including the second-longest run in the school’s history (92) against Syracuse … career high six catches against Villanova, Syracuse and Cincinnati … ran for 154 yards on 13 carries at Louisville, an average of 11.8 yards per carry with a long of 79 yards … run of 79 set the school record for longest non-touchdown run … career high 48 receiving yards against Cincinnati … ran for 133 yards at Colorado on 26 attempts, an average of 5.1 yards per carry … also led the team with three catches for 11 yards … ran for a team-high 125 yards on 14 carries against Marshall, a touchdown and a long run of 36 … registered 150 all-purpose yards at East Carolina, finishing with 12 carries for 94 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per carry with a season-long run of 34 yards … two kickoff returns for 47 yards with a long return of 24 yards … finished with a team-high 61 yards on 13 carries, an average of 4.7 yards per carry and a touchdown against North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl … also had a catch for 14 yards … collected 84 all-purpose yards against Villanova, finishing with 47 yards on nine carries, an average of 5.2 yards per carry with a game-long run of 24 yards … also had season-high six catches for 37 yards with a long reception of 17 yards … ran for 90 yards with a long of 14 against USF.
2007 (Fr.): Honored with the Danny Van Etten Rookie of the Year Award by the coaching staff … played in 12 games … third-leading rusher on the team with 627 yards on 73 carries, an average of 8.6 yards per carry … scored six touchdowns and had a long run of 76 … ranked No. 10 in the BIG EAST in rushing yards per game … led the Mountaineers with 27 plays of 20 yards or more … team champion: Connecticut … seven catches for 90 yards with a long reception of 34 yards … led the team in kickoff returns with 22 returns for 511 yards, an average of 23.2 yards per return, with a long return of 48 yards … No. 5 in BIG EAST in kickoff returns … filled in for an injured Steve Slaton in the Fiesta Bowl and ran the ball 13 times for 108 yards, an average of 8.3 yards per carry and two touchdowns … also had two catches for 47 yards with a season-long catch of 34 yards … touchdown runs of 65 and 17 in the bowl game … five carries for 136 yards, including a season-long 76-yard run at Maryland, tying the longest non-touchdown run in the school’s history … became the fastest WVU player to rush for 100 yards in a game on just two carries at Maryland … scored his first collegiate touchdown against Western Michigan … seven carries for 44 yards, scored a touchdown and had a long carry of 23 yards against the Broncos … season-high 11 carries for 118 yards, one touchdown and a long run of 36 yards against Connecticut … finished with five carries for 76 yards and scored two touchdowns at Marshall … six carries for 40 yards with a long run of 18 yards at Rutgers … four kickoff returns for 97 yards with a long of 41 yards against Louisville … four returns for 86 yards with a long of 28 yards at Cincinnati … two returns for 52 yards with a long of 26 yards at Maryland.
Prep: Highly touted tailback from North Fort Myers (Fla.) High ... set school and Lee County rushing records of 6,842 yards and 92 touchdowns ... three-year Florida
Class 5A all-state ... Fort Myers News-Press Area Player of the Year ... rushed for 2,148 yards, 31 scores as a senior ... led coach James Iandoli’s team to the third
round of state playoffs ... U.S. Army All-America game.
Personal: Birthday is Feb. 16 … grandson of Lee Turner ... one of nine children … majoring in sociology and anthropology.