April 29, 2007
NEW YORK -
Marshall University junior running back Ahmad Bradshaw was selected by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the National Football League Draft on Sunday. He is the 35th Marshall player to be selected in the NFL Draft and the first ever to be picked by the Giants organization.
Bradshaw was the 250th overall pick in the draft and he continues Marshall's recent draft success. The Thundering Herd has now had at least one player drafted in seven of the last eight NFL Drafts. Marshall has now produced 14 NFL draft picks since 1998.
Bradshaw was the sixth-leading rusher in the nation last season with 1,523 rushing yards (fourth highest total in Marshall history and the most ever in a 12-game season). The 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back led Conference USA with 126.9 yards per game and earned first team All-Conference USA honors. He scored 21 touchdowns, including two TD receptions.
The native of Bluefield, Va., stands fifth all-time in school history with 2,987 rushing yards. He trails only college football hall of famer Jackie Hunt, Ron Darby, Doug Chapman and Chris Parker on that prestigious list.
Bradshaw fell just one yard short of Marshall's all-time single-game rushing record when he ran for 261 yards against UTEP this season. He also rushed for 242 yards in a win at UAB. Those two single-game performances rank among the top five best in school history.
In his three years at Marshall he saw action in 32 games and started 22 contests. He rushed 552 times for 2,987 yards (5.4 avg) and 31 touchdowns. He caught 86 passes for 696 yards (8.1 avg) and five scores, adding 118 yards on 11 punt returns (10.7 avg) and 225 yards on 10 kickoff returns (22.5 avg). He recorded seven tackles (six solos) and scored 216 points. He also recorded 4,026 all-purpose yards, an average of 125.8 yards per game.