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Elijah Hood | Running Back

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 221

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UNC junior RB Elijah Hood declared for the NFL Draft.
Sigh. Hood is a fine back, but as was the case with USF's Marlon Mack, Oklahoma's Joe Mixon and others, we think he's making a mistake by declaring early into a historically stacked RB class. Not only has circumstance conspired against Hood, but his body did too this past season. Hood rushed for 1,463 yards in 2015 -- the No. 2 single-season output in UNC history -- to earn first-team All-ACC honors. But this past season, marred by a concussion, he regressed to 858 yards and eight touchdowns on 145 carries, watching his ypc average drop to 5.9 from 6.7 along the way. ESPN's Mel Kiper did not rank Hood as one of his 10-best RB prospects last month. CBS, meanwhile, ranked Hood as the No. 12 back for 2018. With both T.J. Logan and Khris Francis graduating and QB Mitch Trubisky likely to declare, UNC's backfield is in some trouble. Jan 6 - 2:05 PM

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that UNC junior RB Elijah Hood is now leaning towards entering the NFL Draft.

This would be a dramatic about-face after Hood announced he'd return to campus last month. It would also be a mistake. Hood dealt with a concussion during a disappointing 2016 campaign in which he topped 100 rushing yards in only two games. In sum, Hood logged only 858 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as his ypc average dropped to 5.9 from the 6.7 mark he posted in 2015. Hood sat out the Sun Bowl for health reasons. We'd advise him to sit out the Draft process this year as well in order to enter 2017 as one of the nation's premier running backs.
Jan 5 - 2:07 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood will return to school for the 2017 season.

Hood will sit out the school's bowl game due to medical reasons. Some might characterize Hood's 2016 season as a disappointment compared to 2015, only topping 100 rushing yards in two games and amassing 858 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 145 carries. He did improve as a receiver, almost doubling his catch output over the last two seasons. UNC will now wait on Mitch Trubisky's decision, along with quarterback transfer Malik Zaire's.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 09:36:00 AM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries in Friday's 28-21 loss to NC State.

NC State built up a 21-7 halftime lead and extended it to 28-7 by the end of the third quarter, making this game one that wasn't particularly suited to a run-heavy approach for the Tar Heels. The 6-foot, 221-pound Hood has just three 100-yard games to his fair name this year. Maybe because he has received more than 15 carries in a game just twice this season. Hood rushed for 1,463 yards in 14 games last season, scoring 17 touchdowns along the way. He will fall considerably short of both marks in 2016. Indeed, Hood needs 142 yards rushing in UNC's bowl game just to hit 1,000 yards for the current campaign.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 05:38:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries in Saturday's 48-20 win over Georgia Tech.

What a strange individual game. Hood had run for 114 rush yards on only seven carries late in the first quarter, and UNC didn't use him much from there on out despite nursing a lead throughout. Hood, as always, did facilitate space that opened up opportunities for Mitch Trubisky and the passing game. No. 18 North Carolina (7-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 21 CFP) plays at rival Duke on Thursday night.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 04:18:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Saturday's 35-14 win over Virginia.

The 6-foot, 221-pounder also had two catches for four yards. Hood's scoring jaunt, his No. 26 career touchdown run, places him ninth in school history. It has been somewhat of a trying campaign for Hood, but he's been struggling through the aftermath of a concussion suffered against FSU.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 06:44:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood (concussion) is expected to play in Saturday's game against Miami.

Per HC Larry Fedora, Hood has been practicing this week without issue. A concussion suffered against Florida State two weekends ago prevented him from suiting up against Virginia Tech last Saturday. Barring an unforeseen setback, fantasy owners should feel free to utilize Hood as normal when the Tar Heels hook up with Miami in two days. Through four-plus contests, the 6-foot, 221-pound junior has rushed for 338 yards and four touchdowns. He has surpassed 100 yards rushing just once this season.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 02:04:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech.

Andrew Carter of the News & Observer additionally passed along his expectation that freshman RB Jordon Brown, a local product, will play against the Hokies. He won't get the bulk of the carries, though. Those will go to T.J. Logan, who is a legitimate fantasy play with Hood on the shelf.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 03:44:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood (undisclosed) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech.

Still no word as to what injury, specifically, Hood is dealing with. He was lifted from action midway through Saturday's win over Florida State. CBS Sports' Jon Solomon described him as "a little dizzy" and "not quite there" at the time. On Sunday, HC Larry Fedora said that he expects the 6-foot, 221-pounder to play against Virginia Tech. That still looks likely, though it shouldn't be considered a given.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 01:04:00 PM

UNC HC Larry Fedora indicated that he expects junior RB Elijah Hood (undisclosed) to be able to play against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Hood was forced out in the first half of Saturday's upset win over Florida State, with CBS Sports' Jon Solomon writing at the time that he looked "a little dizzy" and "not all there." While the Tar Heels have not provided additional information as to the nature of the 6-foot, 221-pound junior's health concern, Fedora's expectation that he will play this coming weekend would seem to indicate that this isn't a major injury. The practice week should provide more clarity. In four-plus games this season, Hood has rushed for 338 yards (5.0 YPC) and four touchdowns.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 01:23:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood was taken to the locker room with an undisclosed injury during the first half of Saturday's game against Florida State.

While it is not yet known how Hood suffered the injury, CBS Sports' Jon Solomon is reporting that he was "not all there" and that he "looked a little dizzy." Those would seem to be red flags for a potential concussion. The exact nature of his injury should become more clear once the Tar Heels offer an update on his health.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 05:36:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in Saturday's 48-23 win over Illinois.

Hood was mostly held in check through the first three quarters. The fourth quarter, not so much. The 6-foot, 221-pounder scored both of his touchdowns in the final period, rumbling in from seven yards out with 12:22 remaining and slashing his way for a 62-yard scoring run with 6:49 left in the game. Hood has rushed for 160 yards on 25 carries through two games. He should see a more extensive workload as the season progresses. One would hope.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 11:54:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 72 yards on 10 carries in Saturday's loss to Georgia.

While Hood has never been a workhorse in the traditional sense (last season, he received 20 or more carries just three times), 10 carries is on the questionably low end. The 6-foot, 221-pound junior averaged a smooth 7.2 YPC on those attempts. He notched 1,463 yards on the ground to pair with 17 touchdowns in 2015.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 09:46:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood squats 635 pounds.

Now that's strength. After he achieved 635 pounds, prior to his sophomore season, the strength coaches banned him from adding any more weight. Hood also benches 375, power cleans 338 and hoists up a combined 1,150 pounds between the bench, squat and power clean. The 6-foot, 221-pounder is even better on the gridiron, rushing for 1,463 rushing yards and scoring 17 touchdowns overall last season.
Source: FOX Sports
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 05:29:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood is the No. 91 player in Pro Football Focus' college football player rankings.

Last season as a super sophomore, Hood finished No. 7 with an elusive rating of 95.7 and No. 13 with a +20.4 rushing grade. The 6-foot, 221-pounder had 1,463 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns overall. "The North Carolina passing game is poised for a huge year, but opposing teams can’t look past the running game," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "[Hood] averaged 4.1 yards after contact per rush, second-best in the nation, and if he can cut down on his four fumbles, he’ll be right there in the second tier of this loaded group of running backs."
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 06:19:00 PM