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Lance Dunbar

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Lance Dunbar, Jr born January 25, 1990 is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League NFL He played college football at University of North Texas and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
    • 31 Dallas Cowboys
    • 32 Los Angeles Rams
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early years

Dunbar was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and lived in New Orleans until 2005, when he was forced to move due to Hurricane Katrina He initially attended De La Salle High School New Orleans, Louisiana where he played running back and safety, but transferred after his family settled in Haltom City, Texas In his junior and senior years at Haltom High School, he had over 2,200 combined rushing yards and was named first-team All-district both years

College career

After high school, Dunbar opted to attend the University of North Texas, as it was close to his home He played in his first college football game on September 6, 2008, against Tulsa He had 10 rushing attempts for 72 yards and a touchdown, and he also had three receptions for 25 yards He played in five games that season, finishing with 178 rushing yards on 39 attempts, for a 46 average

In 2009, Dunbar played in all 12 of North Texas' games He did not have more than 16 rushing attempts during the first four games On October 10, against Louisiana-Lafayette, he had 32 carries and set career-highs with 187 rushing yards and four touchdowns Against Florida Atlantic one week later, he ran for 238 yards, his highest total of the season, and had three touchdowns Dunbar had 1,378 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in 2009 and was the team's leading rusher North Texas had a record of 2-10

Dunbar was named to the preseason All-Sun Belt team in 2010 He did not rush for over 141 yards in any of the first seven games that year However, in the last five games, he rushed for over 200 yards three times During the final game of the season, against Kansas State University, he set a career-high for rushing yards, with 270 He had 22 carries and averaged 123 yards per attempt that day In addition, he scored three rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown North Texas lost that game and had a 3-9 record in 2010

Dunbar finished his junior year with 1,553 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns He led North Texas in rushing yards for the second-straight season and also ranked sixth in the entire country

Dunbar finished his college career with many accomplishments:

  • Leading rusher in school history with 4,224 rushing yards
  • First in career touchdowns with 49
  • First in career all-purpose yards with 5,375
  • Tied in career 100-yard rushing games 21 with Patrick Cobbs
  • First in career points scored with 294
  • First in career rushing touchdowns with 41
  • Second in career rushing attempts with 782
  • First running back in school history with three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons
  • Second running back in school history two consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons

In 2016, Dunbar was inducted into the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

After being passed over in the 2012 NFL Draft because of size concerns, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys on April 28, 2012 Dunbar showed off his skills during the preseason and made the team's practice squad as a running back and special teams player On October 8, he was promoted to the Cowboys' 53-man roster He was also used as a gunner covering punts, finishing with 10 special teams tackles

Dunbar began the 2013 season with the expectation of being a change-of-pace back that could play backup to DeMarco Murray, but injuries three games missed and fumble issues impacted his playing time at the start of the season He was fighting for the third-string running back position with rookie Joseph Randle, when he had a breakout game against the Oakland Raiders, registering 82 rushing yards 68 average, but also suffering a season-ending knee injury For the year, he recorded 150 yards, averaging five yards per attempt, leaving the Cowboys with high hopes about his running ability In 2014, he did not see much playing time behind Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray and also fell to third-string behind Joseph Randle

In 2015, after the team lost Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency and Dez Bryant to injury in the season opener against the New York Giants, Dunbar earned a more prominent role in the offense In the first game against the Giants, he registered a team-high eight receptions for 70 yards and was a key player in the fourth quarter game-winning drive with two catches for 40 yards Against the Atlanta Falcons, he finished with a career-high of 10 receptions for 100 yards He entered the fourth game of the season against the New Orleans Saints as the team's leading receiver and recorded a 45-yard run, before tearing the ACL, the MCL and the patellar tendon in his left knee, during a kickoff return, which was a task he was assigned to replace the recently departed Dwayne Harris He was placed on the injured reserve list on October 10

On March 17, 2016, Dunbar re-signed with the Cowboys on a one-year, $175 million contract He began training camp on the physically unable to perform list, while recovering from his previous knee injury He made a surprising recovery that had him available to play in the last preseason game and that made the Cowboys decide to keep Darren McFadden on the Non Football Injury List His injury knee flared up and was declared inactive against the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and Philadelphia Eagles With the emergence of rookie Ezekiel Elliott, the offseason addition of Alfred Morris, and the late season return of McFadden, his impact and production were limited, finishing with 31 rushing yards, 122 receiving yards, and one rushing touchdown

Los Angeles Rams

On March 16, 2017, Dunbar signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams, who were looking to replace Benny Cunningham He also reunited with running back coach Skip Peete, who coached him in his first season with the Cowboys He was placed on the physically unable to perform list to start the 2017 season after dealing with a knee injury He was activated off PUP to the active roster on November 11, 2017


  1. ^ a b Rosenstein, Greg "Lance Dunbar, Bobby Rainey ready to renew running feud" usatodaycom August 16, 2011 Retrieved November 18, 2011
  2. ^ "Lance Dunbar Game By Game Stats 2008" ESPNcom Retrieved November 18, 2011
  3. ^ a b "Lance Dunbar Game By Game Stats 2009" ESPNcom Retrieved November 18, 2011
  4. ^ "North Texas Mean Green 2009 Statistics" ESPNcom Retrieved November 18, 2011
  5. ^ "Preseason All-Sun Belt Team" sunbeltsportsorg July 18, 2010 Retrieved November 18, 2011
  6. ^ a b "Lance Dunbar Game By Game Stats 2010" ESPNcom Retrieved November 18, 2011
  7. ^ "Lance Dunbar" ESPNcom Retrieved November 18, 2011
  8. ^ "North Texas Mean Green 2010 Statistics" ESPNcom Retrieved November 18, 2011
  9. ^ "Dunbar Named To Doak Walker Watch List" meangreensportscom July 15, 2011 Retrieved November 18, 2016
  10. ^ "Star: Practice Squad RB Has Already Had Amazing Journey" 5 October 2012 
  11. ^ "Practice Squad RB Has Already Had Amazing Journey" Retrieved February 19, 2017 
  12. ^ "Cowboys make it official: Place Lance Dunbar on IR" NFLcom Retrieved 2015-10-11 
  13. ^ Wesseling, Chris March 17, 2016 "Lance Dunbar agrees to one-year deal with Cowboys" NFLcom Retrieved March 17, 2016 
  14. ^ "Lance Dunbar wouldn't mind playing tonight, but has met his offseason goals" Retrieved February 19, 2017 
  15. ^ Simmons, Myles March 16, 2017 "Rams Agree to Terms with RB Lance Dunbar" TheRamscom 
  16. ^ Han, Jamie September 2, 2017 "Rams Announce Roster Moves" TheRamscom 
  17. ^ Simmons, Myles November 11, 2017 "Rams Add Dunbar, Mundt to 53-Man Roster" TheRamscom 

External links

  • ESPN profile
  • North Texas bio

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