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Joe Mixon
HB #28
Height:
6-1
Weight:
228
Age:
21
College:
Oklahoma
Hometown:
Oakley, CA
Experience:
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      The Bengals’ second-round draft selection brings size, speed and versatility to RB corps ... In just two years of action at Oklahoma, and despite splitting time in Sooners’ backfield, posted lofty career totals of 300 carries for 2027 yards (6.8-yard average) and 17 TDs, as well as 65 receptions for 894 yards (13.8) and nine TDs ... Also saw time returning punts and kickoffs ... Set single-season Oklahoma records in 2016 for all-purpose yards (2331) and all-purpose yards per game (194.3) ... Ranks third in school history in career receiving yards by a running back (894) and fourth in career receptions by a running back (65).

      The Bengals’ second-round draft selection brings size, speed and versatility to RB corps ... In just two years of action at Oklahoma, and despite splitting time in Sooners’ backfield, posted lofty career totals of 300 carries for 2027 yards (6.8-yard average) and 17 TDs, as well as 65 receptions for 894 yards (13.8) and nine TDs ... Also saw time returning punts and kickoffs ... Set single-season Oklahoma records in 2016 for all-purpose yards (2331) and all-purpose yards per game (194.3) ... Ranks third in school history in career receiving yards by a running back (894) and fourth in career receptions by a running back (65).

 

     Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in second round of 2017 NFL Draft (48th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 6-2-17.

 

     Coach Ken Zampese says: “This guy can flat go. He’s a very, very good football player — strong, explosive, change of direction, feel and instincts, catches the ball, can move him around on different places of the field, interviewed football IQ-wise very well, protections, explained his offense well. I think he has a very, very bright future.”

 

     College highlights: 2016—Named first-team All-Big 12 ... Played in 12 games and rushed for team-high 1274 yards on 187 attempts (6.8), with 10 TDs, and caught 37 passes (second on team) for 538 yards (second on team) and five TDs ... Also threw for a TD ... Averaged 6.8 yards per carry, the fourth-best single-season mark in Sooners history ... Averaged 106.2 yards rushing per game and 44.8 receiving ... Played biggest in Big 12 play, averaging 200.8 all-purpose yards against conference foes ... Recorded seven TDs of longer than 40 yards ... Only player in school history, and only player FBS in 2016, to register TDs via pass, rush, reception and kickoff return in a single season ... Totaled 377 all-purpose yards (second-most in school history) and scored five TDs in win at Texas Tech ... In Texas Tech game, became first player in Oklahoma history to top 200 yards rushing (he had 263) and 100 yards receiving (114) ... Threw a 26-yard TD pass to Dede Westbrook against Kansas State ... Averaged 23.5 yards on 21 kickoff returns, including 97-yarder for TD vs. Ohio State. 2015—Played in all 13 games, with four starts ... Totaled 753 rushing yards on 113 attempts (6.7), with seven TDs ... Receiving totals of 28 catches, 356 yards (12.7) and four TDs ... Rushed 14-for-136 and two TDs, including 66-yard score, in win at Oklahoma State ... Rushed for 154 yards and two scores vs. Texas Tech. 2014—Did not play (suspension; redshirt).

 

     Joe’s 2016 among the best: The University of Oklahoma’s backfield has seen it’s share of exemplary rushing seasons throughout history. Nine College Football Hall of Fame ball-carriers have cycled through Norman over the years, and over the last decade, players like Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray reached stardom there to add to the school’s rich running back tradition. That makes Joe Mixon’s 2016 campaign all the more impressive. Only three times in school history has a back averaged better than Mixon’s 6.8 yards per carry in 2016. College Football Hall of Famer Greg Pruitt, who also played 12 years in the NFL, was first to do it when he averaged 8.98 in 1971. Marcus Dupree was next, when in 1982, at the peak of his famously stellar but injury-shortened football career, he averaged 7.84. The only other Oklahoma back to best Mixon’s 2016 mark was Billy Sims, another College Football Hall of Famer and NFL standout, who averaged 7.41 during his Heisman Trophy-winning season of 1978.

 

     Coach Kyle Caskey says: “(Mixon’s skills) are top notch. They’re the kind that you can trust. He can catch the ball. He brings it in with his hands, he doesn’t let it get into his body when he’s running the ball. He can make people miss in space, he can run people over. He’s 228 pounds, ran a mid-4.4 (second 40-yard dash) and has the agility in space of a smaller back.”

 

     High school: Attended Freedom High School in Oakley, Calif. (Bay Area) ... Rushed for 1704 yards and 23 TDs as a senior ... Ranked among the top running backs nationally and was one of the country’s most highly recruited players ... Played in 2014 U.S. Army All-American Game ... Also played basketball and ran track.

 

     Personal: Hometown is Oakley, Calif. ... African-American studies major at Oklahoma.

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