CAREER TRANSACTIONS Stevan Ridley
was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASONAL REVIEWS 2013 (14/6, 2/0)
- Named to 2012 USA Today All-Joe Team.
- In 2012, Ridley reached 1,200 yards to give New England its fifth 1,200-yard rusher and is the 12th Patriots player to reach 1,000 yards. Ridley has compiled the 15th season in Patriots history with over 1,000 yards rushing.
- His 13 touchdowns rushing in 2012 are tied for fifth-most in team history.
- Has 555 rushing atempts for 2,477 yards for a 4.46 average and holds the record for all-time leading rushing average (minimum 450 carries).
2012 (16/12, 2/1)
- Appeared in 14 regular-season contests with six starts and led the team with 178 rushes for 773 yards and seven touchdowns. Also had 10 receptions for 62 yards.
- Played both playoff games as a reserve and compiled 19 rushes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
- Was inactive due to injury at Cincinnati (10/6) and was a healthy scratch at Houston (12/1).
- Posted one 100-yard rushing effort with 26 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns vs. Pittsburgh (11/3).
- Scored two rushing touchdowns twice:
- vs. New Orleans (10/13)
- vs. Pittsburgh (11/3)
- Totaled seven touchdowns in a five-game stretch from at N.Y. Jets (10/20) to at Carolina (11/18).
- Averaged better than 5.0 yards per carry three times:
- at Buffalo (9/8) - 5.1
- vs. Miami (10/27) - 5.6
- vs. Buffalo (12/29) - 6.2
- Rushed 11 times for 53 yards and posted two receptions for 26 yards at Atlanta (9/29), including a career-long 24-yard reception to sustain a drive that led to a touchdown.
- Led the Patriots rushing attack vs. New Orleans (10/13) with 96 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
- Led the team with 14 carries for 79 yards and a key fourth-quarter touchdown vs. Miami (10/27).
- Rushed 26 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns vs. Pittsburgh (11/3), marking the first time in 2013 Ridley eclipsed 100 yards rushing and the fifth of his career. It was also his second two-touchdown game of the season and fourth of his career.
- Notched 52 yards rushing on 14 carries and two touchdowns in the Divisional Playoff vs. Indianapolis (1/11) as part of a Patriots attack that scored six rushing touchdowns against the Colts. That mark tied the second best rushing touchdown performance in NFL postseason history and scoring the most rushing touchdowns in the history of the franchise (regular season or playoffs).
- Played in all 16 regular season games, making 12 starts and finished with the fourth-highest rushing total in team history - 1,263 rushing yards on 290 carries (4.4 avg) and 12 touchdowns rushing (tied for fifth all time). Also caught six passes for 51 yards (8.5 avg).
- Became the 12th running back in Patriots’ history to rush for 1,000 yards rushing in a season and only the fourth Patriot to eclipse 1,200 yards.
- Appeared in both postseason contests, making one start in the AFC Championship and rushed 33 times for 152 yards (4.6 avg) and one touchdown. Also caught one pass for 13 yards.
- Finished seventh in the NFL and third in the AFC in rushing.
- Scored 12 rushing TDs in 2012. It is the 13th time in Patriots history that a running back has finished a season with 10 or more touchdowns rushing.
- Rushed for over 100 yards in four games:
- Week 1 at Tennessee (125 yds)
- Week 4 at Buffalo (106)
- Week 5 vs. Denver (151)
- Week 8 at St.Louis (127)
- Scored multiple rushing touchdowns twice:
Week 4 at Buffalo (2 rush TDs)
- Week 17 vs. Miami (2)
- Started and rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries (6.0 avg), eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career, in the season-opening win at Tennessee (9/9). Also caught two passes for 27 yards (13.5 avg) including a career-long 20-yard reception. Five carries went for 15 yards or more; no Patriots running back in at least the past 25 years has done that in a single game.
- Started and rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries (4.8 avg) and two touchdowns for the second 100-yard rushing game of the season. Ridley and Brandon Bolden (137 yards) became the first Patriots running back duo to eclipse 100 yards rushing in the same game since Nov. 23, 1980 at Baltimore Colts when Don Calhoun (106) and Vagas Ferguson (100) each went over 100 yards rushing. Also caught one pass for 11 yards.
- Rushed for a career-high 151 yards on 28 carries (5.4 avg) and a touchdown vs. Denver (10/7) as part of a rushing attack that eclipsed 200 yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 1978.
- Carried 15 times for 127 yards (8.5 avg) and a touchdown including a career-long 41-yard rush that set up a touchdown at St. Louis (10/28).
- Finished with 71 yards on 19 carries (3.7 avg) and a touchdown including 46 yards on 11 rushes in the Patriots final drive to help seal the win at Miami (12/2). Eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time in his career, becoming the 12th Patriot to achieve that mark and the 15th time it has happened in franchise history.
- Scored two touchdowns on 74 yards and 20 carries (3.7 avg) for his second multi-touchdown game of the season vs. Miami (12/30).
- Rushed 15 times for 82 yards (5.5 avg) and his first postseason touchdown in the Divisional Playoff win vs. Houston (1/13). Also caught one pass for 13 yards.
2011 (16/2, 1/0)
- Appeared in one playoff game, accumulating 25 yards of offense.
- Did not play against the N.Y. Giants (2/5).
- Inactive for Patriots’ win over the Ravens (1/22).
- Accumulated 21 yards on 4 carries (5.3 avg.) and caught one pass for four yards in win over the Broncos (1/14).
- Played in all 16 games with two starts and gained 441 yards on 87 carries (5.1 avg.) and a touchdown. Also caught three passes for 13 yards (4.3 avg.).
- Started and gained 81 yards on a career-high 15 carries (5.4 avg.) in win over Buffalo (1/1).
- Ran for 64 yards on career-high 13 carries against Miami (12/24).
- Picked up 65 yards on a season-high 11 carries in win at Denver (12/18).
- Played special teams in win over Redskins (12/11).
- Rushed eight times for 33 yards against the Colts (12/4).
- Picked up four yards on four carries in Philadelphia (11/27).
- Saw action on special teams and in a reserve role on offense against the Chiefs (11/21).
- Totaled five carries for four yards against the Jets (11/13)
- Saw action in a reserve role and carried three times for 10 yards against the Giants (11/6). Also caught a pass for two yards.
- Made his first career start and had three carries for 19 yards, including a 16-yard run on the Patriots’ first drive to help set up an early field goal against the Cowboys (10/16).
- Carried the ball seven times for 13 yards against the Jets (10/9).
- Led the Patriots rushing attack for the second consecutive week with 10 carries for 97 yards. Ridley had several long runs, including a 33-yard TD run in the third quarter for his first NFL score (10/2). Also caught a pass for three yards.
- Led the Patriots with 42 yards on six carries and caught his first career pass for eight yards at Buffalo (9/25).
- Made his NFL debut with two carries for nine yards on consecutive plays in the second quarter against the Chargers (9/18).
- Was active but did not play in the season opener against the Dolphins (9/12).
- Started nine of 39 games that he played in at Louisiana State, carrying 306 times for 1,419 yards (4.64 avg.) and 19 touchdowns.
- Caught 17 passes for 94 yards (5.53 avg.) and scored 114 points.
- Recorded 26 tackles (10 solos) and gained 1,513 all-purpose yards.
- Became the 13th player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season.
- His 1,147 rushing yards in 2010 rank seventh on the Tigers' annual record chart behind Charles Alexander (1,686 in 1977; 1,172 in 1978), Kevin Faulk (1,282 in 1996; 1,279 in 1998), Dalton Hilliard (1,268 in 1984) and Charles Scott (1,174 in 2008).
- His 249 carries in 2010 placed fifth on the university's season-record list, topped by Charles Alexander (311 in 1977; 281 in 1978) and Dalton Hilliard (258 in 1985; 254 in 1984).
- His 15 touchdown runs in 2010 tied Kevin Faulk (1997) for fourth on the Tigers' annual record chart, surpassed by LaBrandon Toefield (19 in 2001), Charles Scott (18 in 2008) and Charles Alexander (17 in 1977).
- Attended Trinity Episcopal (Natchez, Miss.) High School.
- Widely considered the top all-around athlete in the state of Mississippi as a senior in 2006.
- Two-way star played tailback, fullback, quarterback and linebacker during his playing days with the Saints.
- Rated the state of Mississippi's sixth-best overall prospect and the 21nd-best overall athlete in the nation by Rivals.com.
- Named first-team All-State by the Clarion Ledger after accumulating 3,089 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns as a senior.
- Rewarded as the 2006 Natchez Democrat Metro Player of the Year after he led his team to the Class 1A state championship, a game in which he had 52 carries for 317 yards and three touchdowns.
- As a junior, Ridley tallied over 2,300 all-purpose yards, including 1,818 yards rushing with 22 touch-downs, passing for another 841 yards.
- Also collected 86 tackles (36 solos) to earn Class 2A All-State first-team accolades.
- General Studies major.
- Son of Carolyn and Leon Ridley III.
- Born Stevan Todd Ridley on Jan. 27, 1989.
Ridley surprised many with his breakout junior season at LSU and that led to his decision to leave school early for the NFL. He eventually made the choice after careful discussions with friends and family. "I had a group of people around me, my mom and my dad, my uncle, my high school coach, a close family friend who is the family lawyer, and weighed all the options," Ridley said, adding that he didn’t make an impetuous decision, but one that "we put a lot of work into to see if it was my best move to come back or leave." HONORS & AWARDS 2012
USA Today All-Joe Team RIDLEY RUSHES INTO RECORD BOOKS
Stevan Ridley (1,263) became the sixth player in team history to eclipse 1,200 yards rushing in a season. In the process, Ridley compiled the 15th season in Patriots history with over 1,000 yards rushing. It was the fourth-best rushing performance in team history. PATRIOTS WITH 1,000 YARDS RUSHING IN A SEASON
RIDLEY GOING STRONG
Stevan Ridley became the fifth Patriots’ player to reach 1,200 yards and his 1,263 yards in 2012 are the fourth best in franchise history. MOST YARDS RUSHING/SINGLE SEASON
Ridley finished tied for third in the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns in 2012. The 12 rushing touchdowns are tied with Corey Dillon (2005 and 2004), Antowain Smith (2001) and Steve Grogan (1976) for fifth all-time in team history. Most Rushing Touchdowns/Season In Patriots History
RIDLEY'S SINGLE GAME CAREER HIGHS Single Game Highs:
||Curtis Martin, 1996
||Curtis Martin, 1995
||BenJarvus Green-Ellis, 2010
||Corey Dillon, 2006
||Stevan Ridley, 2012
||Corey Dillon, 2005
||Corey Dillon, 2004
||Antowain Smith, 2001
||Steve Grogan, 1976
||28 vs. Denver (10/7/12)
||26 vs Pittsburgh (11/3/13)
22 at Buffalo (9/30/12)
||151 vs. Denver (10/7/12)
||127 at St. Louis (10/28/12)
||125 at Tennessee (9/9/12)
||2 - Four Times. Most Recent vs. Pittsburgh (11/3/13)