True sophomore running back who is the incumbent for the starting role entering spring drills... started each of the final six games of the 2016 season and seven overall... blessed with good speed, but can also run between the tackles... in 2016, became the first true freshman to lead the Gamecocks in rushing since Marcus Lattimore in 2010... owns three 100-yard rushing games, including a career-best 226-yard performance.
2016: Played in nine games making seven starts... named to Athlon’s All-SEC Freshman second team... led the team with 133 carries for 764 yards... his 764 rushing yards was ninth-best among FBS freshmen... was second on the team with seven touchdowns... his six rushing touchdowns tied for 10th among FBS freshmen... had three 100-yard rushing games... had surgery for a sports hernia in the offseason and missed the first four games while recovering from the surgery... made his debut against Texas A&M and rushed nine times for 47 yards... made his first career start vs. Georgia... scored his first rushing touchdown, a 1-yard plunge, against the Bulldogs... had 16 carries for 87 yards and one score in the UMass win... logged his first 100-yard day when he carried 27 times for 127 yards and a touchdown in the win over Tennessee... paced the Gamecocks with 27 carries for 149 yards and a TD in the Missouri win... also caught three passes for 20 yards and a score... racked up a career-high 226 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in the Western Carolina win, averaging 10.8 yards per carry... the 226 yards rushing was the sixth-highest single-game total in school history, the 11th 200-yard rushing game by a Carolina back and the most yards rushing since Marcus Lattimore logged 246 against Navy in 2011.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rushed for 2,545 yards and 51 touchdowns at A.C. Reynolds High, a Class 3AA school in Asheville, N.C... graduated in 2016... also passed for 1,434 yards with 11 scores and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass... earned first-team all-state accolades and was a PARADE All-American... the Rockets went 11-2 in 2015 under the direction of head coach Shane Laws... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas where he scored a pair of touchdowns... Rivals has him listed as a three-star prospect, the 29th-best player in the state an the No. 17 all-purpose back in the country... 247Sports considers him a four-star prospect, the 11th-best player in the state of North Carolina and the 11th-best running back in the nation... ESPN ranks him as a three-star prospect, the 39th-best player in North Carolina and the No. 72 running back in the country... rated a three-star prospect and an All-Atlantic Region pick by PrepStar.
PERSONAL: Rico Sharod Dowdle Jr. was born June 14, 1998.