|Born:||May 14, 1995|
Newport News, Virginia
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||211 lb (96 kg)|
|High school:||Heritage High School|
Khalid Abdullah (May 14, 1995) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He attended college at James Madison University. Career Highlights: Four-time All-American, AFCA and HERO Sports First Team and STATS and AP Second Team... Most Outstanding Player in 2017 national championship game... Set JMU career records for rushing touchdowns (41), total touchdowns (45) and scoring (270)... Ranked second all-time at JMU in both rushing yards (3,678) and rush attempts (673) and fourth in all-purpose yards (4,077)... Produced 15 100-yard rushing games in his career, including 11 as a senior.
Khalid has a compelling personal story. During his career at JMU and prior to the NFL draft that followed, Khalid utilized his notoriety to influence positive outcomes on youth experiencing life challenges through speaking engagements in the community. His interest in youth on the fringes of society led to a brief exploration of careers in mental health between football seasons. Khalid influenced myriad youth to improve their circumstances, successfully complete a variety of treatment programs, and return to society more in control of their lives.
2016 as a SeniorEdit
Started all 15 games at running back... Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Division I National Championship game... STATS FCS Second Team All-American... AFCA Coaches' FCS First Team All-American... Associated Press FCS Second Team All-American... HERO Sports FCS First Team All-American... American Sports Network FCS Player of the Year... First Team All-CAA Running Back... Named a Finalist for STATS FCS Walter Payton Award, finishing eighth... 2016-17 JMA Breakthrough Athlete of the Year... ECAC First Team All-Star... VaSID First Team All-State... Roanoke Times First Team All-State... CAA Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 26)... Had 298 carries for 1,809 yards and 22 touchdowns... Also had 15 receptions for 183 yards and three scores... Set JMU single-season records for rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, scoring (150) and total touchdowns (25) while ranking second in all-purpose yards (1,992) and rushing attempts (298)... Led the country in rushing touchdowns, rushing yards and total touchdowns... Also ranked third (1st CAA) in scoring per game (10.0), eighth (2nd CAA) in rush yards per game (120.6), 18th (1st CAA) in yards per carry (6.07), 25th (3rd CAA) in all-purpose yards per game (132.80), 31st (3rd CAA) in point responsibility (150)... Produced 11 100-yard rushing games and 10 multi-touchdown outings this season... Ran for a career-high 194 yards and three touchdowns against William & Mary (Oct. 8)... Tallied 180 rushing yards and a career-high 51 receiving yards and a touchdown for a career-best 231 all-purpose yards in FCS semifinals win at No. 1 North Dakota State (Dec. 16)... Ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns to earn national championship game MVP versus Youngstown State (Jan. 7)... Rushed for 141 yards and a career-tying three touchdowns in FCS quarterfinals versus Sam Houston State (Dec. 9)... Had 172 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 85-yard score, at Maine (Sept. 24)... Ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns against Delaware (Oct. 1)... Had 125 yards and a touchdown against Elon (Nov. 19)... Rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, breaking JMU's career rushing TD record at Richmond (Nov. 5)... Had 116 yards at North Carolina (Sept. 17) and 101 at Villanova (Nov. 12), scoring two touchdowns in each game... Also tallied 113 rushing yards and a score versus Central Connecticut State (Sept. 10)... Career-high 33 carries at Villanova and eight games with at least 20 rushes... Scored a rushing touchdown in 12 games and at least one total touchdown in 13... Career-long 41-yard reception at NDSU... Named Gary Clark Offensive MVP.
2015 as a JuniorEdit
Played in all 12 games, making one start... Had 194 carries for 975 yards and 13 touchdowns... Also had 10 receptions for 82 yards... Ranked 17th nationally in rushing touchdowns and 43rd in rushing yards per game (81.3)... Also ranked fifth in CAA in rushing yards per game, eighth in scoring (6.5) and ninth in both yards per rush (5.0) and all-purpose yards (88.1)... Season highs of 28 rushes for 143 yards against Albany (Sept. 19)... Produced four 100-yard rushing games... Ran for 131 yards at Towson (Oct. 10), 114 against Stony Brook (Oct. 3) and 102 in opener versus Morehead State (Sept. 5)... Season-long 69-yard rush against Stony Brook... Scored a career-best three rushing touchdowns in Morehead game... Tallied five multi-rushing touchdown games, with two against Lehigh (Sept. 12), Stony Brook, at Elon (Oct. 17) and at William & Mary (Oct. 31)... Six games with 75 or more yards on the ground... CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team... JMU Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete (Fall 2015).
2014 as a SophomoreEdit
Played in 12 games, with five starts... Had 113 carries for 547 yards and three touchdowns... Also made 11 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown... Season highs of 92 rushing yards and three total touchdowns (two rushing) in win over Elon (Nov. 22), which included a season-long, 51-yard touchdown run... Rushed nine times for 86 yards, including a 46-yard run in win at Lehigh (Sept. 6)... Had 73 yards on 21 carries against Delaware (Sept. 27)...Opened season with 67 yards at Maryland (Aug. 30)... Tallied six games with at least 50 rushing yards.
2013 as a FreshmanEdit
Played in nine games with one start... Had 68 carries for 347 yards and three touchdowns... Also had six receptions for 32 yards and one kickoff return... Ran for a season-high 87 yards and a touchdown, including a season-long, 38-yard rush in win over Albany (Oct. 5)... Tallied 67 yards and a touchdown in win over Charlotte (Sept. 21)... Had at least 50 yards rushing in three games.
As a senior had 1,621 yards rushing on 228 carries and 21 touchdowns, including two kick returns for touchdowns, earning him Peninsula District Offensive Player of the Year... Was also named to the First Team All-District squad as a running back, kick returner and punt returner, while also garnering First Team All-757 and All-Eastern Region accolades... Led Heritage to a berth in the playoffs his senior year... Had a strong junior year gaining 927 yards and rushing for five touchdowns on the season.
Professional career Edit
- ↑ Sports, Andrew Clay - WHSV. "Giants sign Abdullah" (in en). http://www.whsv.com/content/sports/Giants-sign-Abduallah-422185013.html.
- ↑ desk, sports. "Update on former JMU football players in the NFL" (in en). The Breeze. https://www.breezejmu.org/sports/update-on-former-jmu-football-players-in-the-nfl/article_d59c1284-90e1-11e7-96e8-43873dde339e.html.