Phillip Lindsay
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Lindsay in 2018
No. 30 – Denver Broncos
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1994-07-24) July 24, 1994 (age 25)
Denver, Colorado
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:South (Denver, Colorado)
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 2018–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* Pro Bowl (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards:1,037
Rushing average:5.4
Rushing touchdowns:9
Receiving yards:241
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Phillip Lindsay (born July 24, 1994) is an American football running back for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Lindsay was born in Denver, Colorado, grew up in Aurora, Colorado, and attended South High School in Denver where he became the school's all-time leading rusher with 4,587 yards.[1] He played college football at the University of Colorado Boulder and set the school record in all-purpose yards (5,760) and yards from scrimmage (4,683).[2] He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2018. Lindsay became the first undrafted offensive rookie to ever make the Pro Bowl.[3]

High school careerEdit

Lindsay, like his father Troy, played running back in high school. At South High School, Lindsay elected to wear the same jersey number as his father, 22.[4] Playing for the Rebels, he chased the Denver Public School District record for rushing yards (4,400), which was set by his father in 1979.[5] After a successful first three years of high school, Lindsay committed to playing for the University of Colorado Boulder.[6] Shortly after surpassing his father's rushing record during his senior season, Lindsay suffered a severe ACL tear that brought an end to his high school career.[7] Despite this injury, Mike MacIntyre, Colorado's coach, upheld the school's scholarship offer for the 2013 season.[8]

College careerEdit

Lindsay joined the Colorado team during the fall of 2013. He opted to redshirt during the 2013 season.[9]

2014 season Edit

Before the 2014 season began, Coach MacIntyre began calling Lindsay the "Tasmanian Devil" due to his quickness and determination on the field.[10] As a backup running back and kick returner back during the season, Lindsay played in all 12 of the school's games. He led the team in kick returns and return yards and finished fourth on the team overall in rushing yards. Lindsay averaged 4.9 yards per carry in his 79 carries of the season.[11]

2015 season Edit

Like the 2014 season, Lindsay saw action in all of the Buffaloes' games. He led the team in rushing attempts (140) and rushing yards (643), averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Lindsay scored seven touchdowns during the season, 6 rushing and 1 receiving.[12] Despite only being a sophomore, Lindsay was elected by his teammates and coaches to be a team captain.[13]

2016 season Edit

During the 2016 season, he rushed for 1,252 yards on 244 carries for an average of 5.1 yards per carry.[14]

2017 season Edit

During his senior season in 2017, he rushed for a career-high 281 yards against Arizona.[15] During the 2017 regular season, he ranked ninth among all Division I FBS players with 1,474 rushing yards.[16] Lindsay finished the 2017 season with the most rushing attempts (301) in Division I play. He was selected as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award for the nation's top running back.[17]

Lindsay set the Colorado career record for all-purpose yards and yards from scrimmage and ranked second in school history in rushing yardage and fifth in points scored.[18]

College statistics Edit

Rushing Receiving Kick Return
2013 Redshirt
2014 79 391 4.9 36 0 14 118 8.4 27 0 36 849 23.6 0
2015 140 653 4.7 37 6 26 211 8.1 34 1 7 154 22.0 0
2016 244 1,252 5.1 75 16 53 493 9.3 67 1 2 74 37.0 0
2017 301 1,474 4.9 74 14 23 257 11.2 60 1 0 0 0 0
Total 764 3,770 4.9 75 36 116 1,079 9.25 67 3 45 1,077 23.9 0


Professional careerEdit

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Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 8 in 190 lb 4.39 s 1.57 s 2.60 s 4.31 s 7.12 s 35½ in 10 ft 4 in 14 rep

Lindsay signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2018.[22] He made the Broncos' final roster after an impressive preseason, and was named the third running back on the depth chart behind Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker. In Week 1, against the Seattle Seahawks, he rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries and recorded two receptions for 31 yards and a receiving touchdown.[23] The following week, in a 20–19 victory over the Oakland Raiders, Lindsay ran for 107 yards and had one reception for four yards. He became the first undrafted player in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of their first two games.[24] During Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, Lindsay was ejected for throwing punches after a fumble. He was held to 20 rushing yards as the Broncos lost 14–27.[25] In Week 4, on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs, Lindsay had 69 rushing yards and added another rushing touchdown.[26] In Week 11, in a 23–22 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, Lindsay recorded his first multi-rushing touchdown game.[27] In a Week 12 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had a season-high 110 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[28] In a Week 13 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, he rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns, earning him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award.[29] On December 18, 2018 Lindsay was voted to his first Pro Bowl making him the first undrafted offensive rookie in NFL history to be voted to a Pro Bowl.[30] On December 24, 2018, Lindsay, who injured his wrist on Monday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders, was placed on injured reserve ahead of the Broncos’ final season game.[31] He finished his first season with 1,278 total yards (1,037 rushing yards, 241 receiving yards) from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns.

NFL statisticsEdit

Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yards Avg Lng TD Rec Yards Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2018 DEN 15 8 192 1,037 5.4 65T 9 35 241 6.9 29T 1 0 0
Total 15 8 192 1,037 5.4 65T 9 35 241 6.9 29T 1 0 0


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  2. Howell, Brian (July 31, 2018). "Colorado Buffaloes football position preview: No Lindsay, but Buffs have options at running back" (in en-US). The Denver Post.
  3. "Phillip Lindsay becomes first undrafted offensive rookie selected to NFL Pro Bowl, Von Miller to play in his seventh" (in en-US). December 19, 2018.
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  15. Fredrickson, Kyle (October 8, 2017). "Phillip Lindsay’s record day marred by Colorado Buffaloes defeat against Arizona". The Denver Post.
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  24. Patra, Kevin (September 17, 2018). "Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay sets NFL rookie record".
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  26. Rodriguez, Jacob. "Hometown hero Phillip Lindsay a bright spot in heartbreaking Broncos loss" (in en-US). KUSA.
  27. "Recap: Broncos top Chargers 23–22" (in en-US).
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  29. Gordon, Grant (December 5, 2018). "Phillip Lindsay, Todd Gurley among NFL Players of the Week".
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