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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 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. Sep 10 - 11:54 PM

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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.
Sep 3 - 9:46 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
Jul 29 - 5:29 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."
Jul 6 - 6:19 PM

Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley believes UNC junior RB Elijah Hood "might be the most underrated running back in the country."

Hood finished No. 2 in the FBS with a ludicrous 4.10 yards per attempt after contact last season. Only three established superstars -- Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette and Royce Freeman -- had better overall PFF grades versus Power-5 teams than Hood last year. Hood had a quiet 1,463 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He'll get far more press this fall.
Jun 9 - 4:35 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood rushed for 118 yards on 13 carries in Tuesday's 49-38 loss against Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The 6-foot, 221-pound sophomore had little trouble gashing Baylor, but was deprived of opportunities because his defense laid down throughout, forcing the necessity of excessive passing attempts. Hood's best moment was a 67-yard jaunt that fell just short of the goal line. Hood finishes his sophomore campaign with 1,463 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He'll be one of the nation's best returning runners in 2016.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 09:42:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood "exhibits all of the traits NFL scouts covet in a RB1 at the next level," NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks observes.

"Against North Carolina State, Hood showed evaluators his impressive running skills as a power runner in 200-yard performance (21 carries for 221 yards and two scores)," Brooks writes. The North Carolina prospect has been a bell cow for the Tarheels this season, rushing for 1,280 yards and 16 touchdowns on 192 carries this year. Brooks adds that Hood "is on the verge of becoming a household name."
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 03:53:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in Saturday's 45-34 win over NC State.

UNC actually had two 100-yard rushers, as T.J. Logan took six carries for an Even Steven 100. Ultimately, though, this was Hood's show. He averaged a silly 10.5 YPC on his way to logging his first rushing effort of 200-plus yards this season. Both of his touchdown runs were of the one-yard variety. For the season, the 6-foot, 221-pound sophomore's rushed for 1,280 yards and 16 touchdowns. He's gone over 100 yards rushing in three straight and five of his last seven. No rest for the weary, though, as Hood and the rest of his Tar Heel buddies will be amping up for an ACC title bout with Clemson this coming weekend.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 07:56:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the school's 30-27 win over Virginia Tech.

Both of Hood's touchdowns resulted from parted seas up the middle on zone reads. UNC almost let this one get away and even allowed the Hokies to take it into overtime, but the Heels pulled it off. Hood will have a new quarterback next season, but his production might even increase.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 04:23:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in Saturday's 59-21 win over Miami (FL).

Hood averaged a sweet 7.8 YPC in helping the Tar Heels to their ninth consecutive win. The 6-foot, 221-pound sophomore has scored six touchdowns in his last four games and has now punched it into the end zone 12 times total. He's also rushed for 945 yards.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 08:41:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood rushed for 69 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in Saturday's 66-31 win over Duke.

Hood was kept in check, relatively speaking, averaging 4.1 YPC, but he made up for the quiet yardage day with the three touchdowns. The sophomore's rushed for 813 yards and 11 touchdowns across nine contests completed. He has four games with at least 100 yards on the ground, though he hasn't reached that mark in either of his last two games. This was his fourth game with at least two touchdowns scored.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 03:56:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 26-13 win over Virginia.

Hood's long run went for 15 yards and he averaged 4.8 YPC while serving as North Carolina's most consistent player in Saturday's win over Virginia. Both of his touchdown runs were of the three-yard variety. The 6-foot, 221-pound sophomore's rushed for exactly 101 yards in each of his last two games. For the season, he's knifed his way to 646 yards and eight touchdowns over the course of seven contests completed.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 08:32:00 PM

UNC HC Larry Fedora said that sophomore RB Elijah Hood "really dislikes being tackled."

Not just coach speak here, as Hood himself has pontificated on the subject of being tackled. Said the 6-foot, 221-pound sophomore, "Something about being tackled. I mean just makes it seem like that guy beat me. I don’t like to lose. No matter what the situation is, especially one-on-one. Definitely don’t want to get tackled one on one, no matter what." Hood's allergy to the tackle might explain part of why he's averaging a scrumptious 6.9 YPC. In addition to the nice number on the average, he's rushed for 545 yards and six touchdowns across six games. Three of the six have been 100-plus-yard affairs. This coming weekend, North Carolina faces a Virginia team allowing 160.67 rushing yards on average.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 09:46:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in Saturday's 38-31 upset win over Georgia Tech.

Hood deserves to get the ball a lot more often than he does, but he wasn't needed so much this afternoon with Marquise Williams doing his one-man show routine. He's rushed for 444 yards and five touchdowns on over six yards a carry across five games.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 07:03:00 PM

UNC sophomore RB Elijah Hood rushed for 129 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries in the school's 48-14 win over Illinois.

Hood is a grinder out of the backfield, wearing down defenders with a tough running style. He did produce a 39 yard carry in this contest and Hood is a nice asset to have while ahead on the scoreboard.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 03:49:00 PM