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Perine has potential to steal starting role from Kelley

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Rob Kelley #32 of the Washington Redskins catches a pass for a touchdown against Tahir Whitehead #59 of the Detroit Lions during fourth quarter action at Ford Field on October 23, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • Samaje Perine is the University of Oklahoma’s all-time leading rusher, having racked up 4122 yards over his three-year college career. His career highlights include 51 total touchdowns, 49 rushing and two receiving. He set the single-game NCAA record for rushing yards with 427 against Kansas in his freshman year.
  • His elusive rating in 2014 ranked him among the top 10 backs in the nation, but dropped to 29th and 87th in 2015 and 2016, respectively. His percentage of breakaway runs of 15-plus yards also peaked in 2014.
  • Washington starter Rob Kelley ranked as the league’s 26th back in overall grade, with a grade of 71.0 and ranked 14th  in yards after contact per attempt, at 2.8.
  • Perine averaged 5.4 yards per attempt in his college career and 3.3 yards after contact per attempt. He ran especially well between the left guard and tackle, and averaged 8.3 yards per carry on such runs.
  • Kelley was oft-injured at Tulane, managing only 200 snaps during his final season, but he was mightily productive on those limited opportunities. Although more likely to shake loose than Perine (3.4 carries per broken tackle), he only averaged a disappointing 2.4 yards after contact per attempt.


Washington Redskins RBs Robert Kelley & Samaje Perine

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