Jordan Todman
Todman with the Indianapolis Colts
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-24) February 24, 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth: New Bedford, Massachusetts
Career information
College: Connecticut
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 183
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Diego Chargers ( 2011)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-American (2010)
Rushing yards     531
Rushing average     4.3
Receptions     40
Receiving yards     314
Return yards     2,346
Total touchdowns     6

Jordan Todman (born February 24, 1990) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Connecticut. Todman has also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and Houston Texans.

Early careerEdit

Todman attended Dartmouth High School in Massachusetts, where he played football and ran track. He graduated in 2008. In his senior season in 2007, Todman led Dartmouth to a 11–2 record, their only losses coming to a gritty Foxboro High School squad (a game in which he had 2 fumbles and was out-rushed by Foxboro running back Tim Mogan)and in the Division 1 State Championship game, where they lost 34–28 in double overtime to perennial power Everett. Including Todman, the 2007 Dartmouth football team had 4 players who received Division 1 scholarships; Jordan Todman (Connecticut), Arthur Lynch (Georgia), Sean Sylvia (Boston College), and Justin Mello (New Hampshire) Todman earned All-State honors twice, and was named the Boston Globe Player of the Year during his senior season.[1]

In track & field, Todman was a state qualifier in the 100-meters. At the 2007 Eastern MA Div 2 Champs, he took gold in the 100-meter dash event, recording a personal-best time of 10.92 seconds.[2] He also competed in jumps.[3]

Though Todman finished his high school career as the second-leading rusher in Massachusetts state history (behind only Jo Jo Goodine of New Bedford),[4] many recruiting sites and college coaches thought he would be best suited to play defense.[5] Despite late interest from Penn State and Boston College, only Connecticut, Purdue and Northeastern offered scholarships. On December 16, 2007, after finishing an official visit to Boston College, Todman committed to play running back for Connecticut.[6]

College careerEdit

Todman missed the first two games of his freshman season with a shoulder injury, and made his debut with 81 yards rushing and a touchdown in a UConn victory over Virginia.[7] He would spend the rest of the year as the backup to All-American running back, Donald Brown, and would finish the year with 296 rushing yards and three touchdowns.[1]

After Brown left for the NFL, Todman was promoted to starting running back for his sophomore season. Before the season began, he was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list.[8] Despite splitting carries with Andre Dixon, Todman lead the Huskies with 1,188 rushing yards. He gained over 100 yards in a game five times, including running for 162 yards with 4 touchdowns in a 47–45 loss to Cincinnati. In addition to his running back duties, Todman was also the primary kick returner. In the Huskies victory over Notre Dame, he returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.[1] After the season, he was named second team All-Big East.
With Dixon's graduation at the end of the 2009 season, Todman entered his junior season as the team's primary running back. Just as the previous year, he was once again named to the Doak Walker Award watch list.[9] During the regular season, Todman ran for over 100 yards in 9 of the 11 games he played (he missed the Huskies game against Buffalo with an elbow injury). He set a career-high when he ran for 222 yards during a nationally televised game on ESPN against Pittsburgh, on the same day it was announced that he was not named a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award. At the end of the regular season, he had 1,574 rushing yards on 302 carriers and 14 rushing touchdowns. Connecticut finished in a three-way tie for the Big East Conference with West Virginia and Pittsburgh, but Connecticut won the tie-breakers and played the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. After the season, Todman was the unanimous selection as Big East Conference's Offensive Player of the Year.[10]

After the Fiesta Bowl, Todman announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft [11]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team Att Yards Average TDs Receptions Yards TDs
2008 Connecticut 47 296 6.3 3 2 4 0
2009 Connecticut 235 1,188 5.1 14 21 185 0
2010 Connecticut 334 1,695 5.1 14 19 94 0
College Totals 616 3,179 5.2 31 42 283 0

Professional careerEdit

San Diego ChargersEdit

Todman was selected in the sixth round with the 183rd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.[12] He was waived on October 22 and re-signed to the practice squad.

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Todman was signed off the Chargers practice squad by the Minnesota Vikings on December 28, 2011. During the 2012 preseason, Todman had a 76-yard touchdown run against the Houston Texans, but on August 31, 2012, Todman was released by the Vikings and subsequently added to the practice squad the next day.[13][14]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Todman was signed off the Vikings practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 27, 2012. Todman would spend the rest of the season, as well as the 2013 and 2014 seasons with the Jaguars. He scored his first career touchdown on September 22, 2013 against the Seattle Seahawks. Perhaps the most memorable play for Todman in 2013 was a 21-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Ace Sanders against the Houston Texans, the first career receiving touchdown for Todman. In 2014, Todman again scored a receiving touchdown on a trick play from a wide receiver; once again the opponent was the Texans. However, this time the 23 yard score was thrown by Cecil Shorts, who joined the Texans the following year. As of the 2018 off-season, these are the only touchdown receptions caught by Todman, with neither pass coming from a quarterback. Despite playing in every game in 2014 for the Jaguars, including a 62-yard touchdown run to defeat the Tennessee Titans in Week 16, Todman was not brought back to the Jaguars.

Carolina PanthersEdit

On March 30, 2015, Todman was signed to a one-year deal by the Carolina Panthers. Despite leading the Panthers in rushing yards during the preseason, he was released on September 5, 2015.[15]

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

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On September 6, 2015, Todman was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, against whom he had rushed for a 49-yard touchdown as a Panther during the final week of the preseason. Todman had 4 rushes all season for 22 yards, but played mostly on special teams, and was inactive for several games late in the regular season. On January 9, 2016, Todman, playing in his first postseason game, carried the ball 11 times for 65 yards while starter Le'Veon Bell and main backup DeAngelo Williams were injured. Along with Fitzgerald Toussaint and Martavis Bryant who took a reverse for 44 yards, the Steelers amassed 172 rushing yards in the 2016 Wild Card game versus the Cincinnati Bengals which resulted in an 18-16 victory for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Indianapolis Colts Edit

On March 18, 2016, Todman was signed to the Indianapolis Colts.[16] During the preseason, Todman made several explosive plays on offense (a 42-yard catch and run touchdown, and a 24-yard run) and special teams (a blocked punt recovery for a touchdown). Todman made the 53 player regular season roster and contributed as a core special teams player, until injuries to returner Quan Bray caused Todman's promotion to kick returner. In a Week 9 win over the Green Bay Packers, Todman took the opening kick and scored the first kickoff return touchdown for the Colts since Deji Karim did so in the 2012 season.[17] In addition to this, Todman returned a second kick for 61 yards, setting up an Adam Vinatieri field goal. For his performance in Week 9, he was named the Special Teams Player of the Week on November 9.[18] Todman finished the 2016 season with 9 rushing attempts for 59 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, the highest rate among Colts running backs. Todman also had the highest average return for kickoff returns among the Colts returners, with a 29.9 yard average (16 returns for 478 yards). He played in all 16 games for the Colts.[19]

New York JetsEdit

On June 13, 2017, Todman signed with the New York Jets.[20] He was released on August 23, 2017.[21]

Houston TexansEdit

On August 25, 2017, Todman signed with the Houston Texans.[22] Todman played in 14 games, exclusively on special teams where he made several tackles and returned 4 kicks for 84 yards. It was the first season since his rookie year in which Todman had no touches on offense.


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  13. Craig, Mark. "Chris Carr, Sage Rosenfels surprises among Vikings' final cuts". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
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  18. "Colts RB-Jordan Todman named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week". November 9, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  20. Greenberg, Ethan (June 13, 2017). "Jets Sign RB/KR Jordan Todman".
  21. Williams, Charean (August 23, 2017). "Jets sign Jahad Thomas, cut Jordan Todman".
  22. "Texans sign Jordan Todman, waive Dayon Pratt". August 25, 2017.

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