In his three-year career at Towson, West ran for 4,849 yards on 802 carries with 84 touchdowns. His 84 career rushing touchdowns tied the NCAA FCS record set by Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern from 1998 to 2001. West, who also caught two touchdown passes in his career, ended his career with 86 total touchdowns scored. He ranks third on the NCAA FCS all-time list of touchdown scorers. Brian Westbrook of Villanova holds the record with 89 touchdowns while Peterson is second with 87 touchdowns. The Tigers' career rushing leader decided to apply for early entry for the NFL draft shortly after the Tigers' appearance in the NCAA FCS championship game against North Dakota State on Saturday in Frisco, Texas. The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in NCAA FCS in 2011, West earned All-CAA first team honors three times. During his career, West was named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week seven times.West will try to become the sixth player in Towson history to play in an NFL game. Punter Sean Landeta (1985-2004), offensive lineman Stan Eisenhooth (1987-89), running back David Meggett (1989-1998), running back Tony Vinson (1994-97) and offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod (2007-present) are the only former Tigers to play in an NFL game. Landeta, Meggett and Bushrod have earned All-Pro honors.West will also try to become the fifth Tiger to be selected in the NFL draft. Kicker Randy Bielski was chosen by Baltimore in the 12th round in 1980 while Meggett was selected in the fifth round in 1989. Vinson was a fifth round selection by San Diego in 1995. Bushrod was chosen by New Orleans in the fourth round in 2007.
A three-time All-America running back, West was a consensus All-America first team selection in 2013 when he led all college football players with 2,509 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. Honored as the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2013 Walter Payton Award, he led the Tigers to the NCAA FCS championship game. With a record of 13-3, the Tigers were national runners-up. With 2,509 rushing yards, he shattered the NCAA FCS single season record of 2,326 yards set by Jamaal Branch of Colgate in 2003. He also broke the NCAA FCS record with 42 touchdowns, eclipsing the record of 39 set by Omar Cuff of Delaware in 2007.In 2013, he scored at least one touchdown in all 16 games for the Tigers. He also ran for more than 100 yards 12 times and had four 200-plus-yard games. In the Tigers' NCAA FCS quarter-final victory over No. 2 Eastern Illinois, he set an NCAA FCS playoff record by rushing for 354 yards. He also scored five touchdowns against Eastern Illinois.
Led Tigers in rushing for the second straight season ... ran for 1,046 yards on 195 carries and scored 14 rushing touchdowns ... led Colonial Athletic Association in rushing with a 104.6 average ... also led CAA in scoring ... named first team All-CAA for the second year in a row ... named third team All-American by College Sports Madness ... ran for more than 100 yards five times ... had six multi-touchdown games ... held to 32 yards on 14 carries in season opener at Kent State but scored two touchdowns ... led Tigers to win over William & Mary by running for 153 yards on 27 carries ... picked up 62 yards on eight carries with three touchdowns against St. Francis ... had 22 carries for 79 yards and scored two touchdowns at Louisiana State ... ran for 112 yards on 28 carries at James Madison ... helped Tigers to a win over Maine with 96 yards on 18 carries and one TD ... did not play against Old Dominion due to a death in the family ... led Tigers to win at No. 22 Villanova by rushing for 144 yards on 23 carries with two rushing touchdowns ... also caught a 78-yard touchdown pass on a broken play in the first quarter, the first TD catch of his career ... led Tigers to 34-27 overtime win at Delaware by rushing for 113 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns ... scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a three-yard run ... capped off the season with a 236-yard effort at New Hampshire ... ran for 236 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns ... had a seasonal long 64-yard run at UNH ... named as CAA Offensive Player of the Week after Tigers' 64-35 win.
Highly-decorated freshman who was named as the Jerry Rice Award winner as the top freshman in FCS football ... also named first team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation, The Sports Network, Phil Steele's Magazine and the College Sports Journal ... honored as ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year and first team All-ECAC ... All-Colonial Athletic Association first team selection who was honored as the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year ... named second team All-American by Associated Press ... two-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week ... honored as CAA Rookie of the Week four times.Appeared in 11 games and did not start any contests ... did not play in season opener against Morgan State ... led Tigers with 1,294 rushing yards on 194 carries ... accumulated third-highest single season rushing total in program history ... second-leading rusher in the CAA who was 12th in NCAA FCS ... averaged 6.7 yards per carry, setting a school record ... set a Towson single season record with 29 touchdowns, shattering the record set by Tony Vinson in 1993 ... made debut against Villanova, helping Tigers to a 31-10 win by rushing for 40 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns ... earned CAA Rookie of the Week award for the first time after Villanova victory ... helped Tigers to a 42-17 Homecoming victory over Colgate by running for 83 yards on 13 carries with three touchdowns. Lifted Tigers to 31-28 victory over No. 14 Richmond by rushing for 128 yards on 21 carries with career best four touchdowns ... earned second CAA Rookie of the Week award after Richmond victory ... helped Tigers to dramatic 39-35 victory at No. 18 Old Dominion by rushing for 148 yards on 16 carries with two TD's ... averaged 9.2 yards per carry at ODU ... named as CAA Rookie of the Week for third time after ODU victory.Led Tigers to a 38-27 win at No. 14 William and Mary by running for 141 yards on 23 carries with three touchdowns ... scored all three TD's in first half, helping Tigers build a 28-10 advantage ... named as CAA Rookie of the Week for fourth time after win over the Tribe ... matched career high with four touchdowns against Delaware ... picked up 155 yards on 27 carries against the Blue Hens ... gave Tigers a quick 7-0 lead with a 46-yard touchdown run on their fourth play of the game ... also scored on a seven-yard run, an eight-yard run and a 14-yard run.Led Tigers' ground game in 40-30 victory at No. 7 Maine that gave them a share of first place in the CAA ... ran for 183 yards on 21 carries at Maine ... had an eight-yard TD run in the first quarter and a two-yard TD run in second quarter ... scored game-clinching touchdown on a four-yard run with 5:42 left to give Towson a 40-23 lead ... named as CAA Offensive Player of the Week after win at Maine.Exploded for a career best 261 yards on 23 carries to lead Tigers to a 56-42 win over No. 8 New Hampshire ... posted third four-TD game of season in win over UNH ... averaged 11.3 yards per carry against UNH ... had the two-longest touchdown runs of the season against the Wildcats ... ran for a career-best 72-yard touchdown with 9:48 left in first quarter ... also had a 69-yard TD run in the second quarter that gave Towson a 42-21 lead ... also scored on a two-yard run in the second quarter ... closed out Tigers' scoring with a two-yard touchdown run in the third period, giving Towson a 56-28 lead ... named as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time after win against UNH. Closed out regular season with two touchdowns in Tigers' 28-17 win at Rhode Island ... ran for 52 yards on 19 carries at URI as Tigers clinched CAA championship ... helped Tigers overcome 10-0 deficit by scoring twice in the second quarter ... had a three-yard TD run early in second quarter and scored on a 10-yard run with 1:53 left in the half, giving the Tigers a lead that they never relinquished. Ran for 52 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns in FCS playoff game against Lehigh ... had an 11-yard touchdown run in second quarter and a one-yard TD run in third quarter.
All-Baltimore City selection at running back for Coach Eric Woodson as a junior and senior ... led the Wildcats to a 9-1 record as a senior ... accumulated 4,700 total yards in high school career ... also returned kickoffs and punts ... picked up 2,000 total yards as a senior ... accumulated 1,500 yards as a junior, leading the Wildcats to a 7-3 record ... named honorable mention All-Metro ... also played for the Wildcats' basketball team and baseball team ... member of track and field team as well ... leading scorer for the basketball team ... honor roll student ... spent one year at Fork Union Military Academy.
Has one brother and two sisters ... lists his mother as the person he admires the most ... favorite NFL team is the Baltimore Ravens ... favorite NFL player is former linebacker Ray Lewis ... favorite athlete is LeBron James ... lists "Love and Basketball" as his favorite movie ... favorite actor is Derek Luke ... enjoys listening to music by Lil Wayne ... son of Onika West ... born on January 28, 1991 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... major is sports management.