Theo Riddick
RB #25
Notre Dame
Career Stats
TOTAL 29 76 2.6 9 1 38 342 9 41 4 0 0
2014 DET 14 2 20 51 2.6 9 0 34 316 9.3 41 4 -- --
2013 DET 14 0 9 25 2.8 7 1 4 26 6.5 8 0 -- --

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Second-year running back who brings excellent quickness, balance and ability to create in space to the Lions’ revamped rushing attack alongside RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.


  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round (199th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Second-year running back who brings excellent quickness, balance and ability to create in space to the Lions’ revamped rushing attack alongside RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.

2014: Saw an increased role on offense, specifically in the passing game, in his second NFL season, finishing the year with 20 carries for 51 yards and 34 receptions for 316 yards and four touchdowns. His 34 receptions were tied with fellow RB Joique Bell for fourth on the team and his four touchdown receptions were tied for second with WR Golden Tate.

  • Started off the 2014 season in a reserve role for the RB position, but also recorded one tackle on special teams in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Had three carries for 16 yards in Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21).
  • Carried the ball one time for two yards before leaving the game early with an injury in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Inactive in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5).
  • Had three carries for six yards along with five receptions for 75 yards and his first-career touchdown reception in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Inactive in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19).
  • Caught eight passes for 74 yards and a TD and carried the ball three times for five yards in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26). His one-handed catch across the middle in the fourth quarter set up the Lions’ game-winning drive that was capped off with a K Matt Prater field goal.
  • Had two receptions for five yards and the game-winning touchdown in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/09).
  • Caught three passes for 24 yards while also carrying the ball twice for two yards in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Had three receptions for 40 yards in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Caught six passes for 54 yards in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Hauled in two passes for 10 yards in Week 16 at Chicago (12/21).
  • Recorded five receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Hauled in four passes for 39 yards in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4).

2013: Saw action in 14 games in his rookie campaign, highlighted by his go-ahead rushing touchdown vs. New York Giants (12/22) in Week 17. Totaled nine rushes for 25 yards and one touchdown, four receptions for 26 yards, one kick return for 12 yards and seven solo special teams tackles.

  • Saw action on primarily on special teams in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8) and in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Caught one pass for eight yards in his first action at running back in Week 3 at Washington (9/22).
  • Inactive in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13) and Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20).
  • Carried the ball once for seven yards and caught one pass for one yard in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27).
  • Posted three special teams tackles in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Had a special teams tackle and tipped a punt in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay (11/24).
  • Caught one pass for five yards in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
  • Had four carries for 12 yards, one kick return for 12 yards and one special teams tackle in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • Recorded one reception for six yards and one special teams tackle in Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16).
  • Scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard rush in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).
  • Had one special teams tackle in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

A multi-dimensional weapon at running back, slot receiver and kick returner in his four years with the Fighting Irish offense, Riddick played in 45 games (26 starts), including nine at tailback and 17 at slot receiver. Finished his career with 224 carries for 1,169 yards (4.79 avg) and five touchdowns, as well as 120 receptions for 1,263 yards (10.53 avg) at 10 touchdowns.

  • Also returned 47 kickoffs for 1,051 yards (22.36 avg).
  • Altogether, touched the ball 414 times for a combined total of 3,482 all-purpose yards (77.38 per game) in his career.

2012: Received All-American Honorable Mention and All-Major Independent First Team honors from The NFL Draft Report and was given the Notre Dame Count on Me Award. Appeared in all 13 games (eight starts) and led Notre Dame with 917 rushing yards on 190 carries (4.83 avg) and five touchdowns, while finishing third on the squad with 36 receptions for 370 yards (10.28 avg) and two touchdowns.

  • Registered four 100-yard rushing games and posted five games with at least 100 all-purpose yards. Rushed for a team-high 50 first downs on the season.
  • Carried the ball 19 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener vs. Navy.
  • Posted a season-best five receptions for 32 yards and carried the ball 17 times for 52 yards vs. Michigan.
  • Amassed 120 all-purpose yards on 18 attempts and 56 receiving yards on four receptions against Boston College.
  • Had 20 carries for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown and added 33 receiving yards on three catches against Southern California.

2011: Started nine of the 11 games he played in as a slot receiver before to returning to tailback at the end of the regular season. Finished third on the team with 38 receptions for 436 yards (11.47 avg) and three touchdowns, while also rushing 14 times for 63 yards (4.50 avg). Also returned eight kickoffs for 166 yards (20.75 avg).

  • Caught six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns at Michigan, including a 29-yard score.
  • Posted season highs with eight catches and 83 receiving yards and one touchdown vs. Air Force.
  • Carried the ball eight times for 36 yards and caught two passes for seven yards vs. Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl.

2010: Played in nine games for the Irish, starting eight contests at slot receiver. Finished second on the team with 40 receptions for 414 yards (10.35 avg) and three touchdowns. Registered four catches of 20 yards or more, with 22 of his 40 receptions resulting in a touchdown or first down.

  • Posted a career-high 10 receptions for 128 yards vs. Michigan State for his first 100-yard receiving game of his career.
  • Recorded a touchdown in three consecutive games (vs. Michigan State, vs. Stanford and vs. Boston College).
  • Had nine catches for 69 yards and a touchdown at Boston College and collected seven receptions for 75 yards vs. Pittsburgh.

2009: Appeared in all 12 contests for the Irish, serving as the primary returner on kickoffs. Earned his first career start in the Irish’s final game of the season vs. Stanford. Totaled 849 yards on 37 kickoff returns (22.95 avg), the most kickoff-return yards in a single-season in Notre Dame history (Armando Allen, 704 in 2007).

  • Carried the ball five times for 19 yards in his collegiate debut vs. Nevada.
  • Set season highs with nine rushes for 51 yards and three catches for 24 yards vs. Washington State.
  • Totaled 155 all-purpose yards in the season finale at Stanford.

Attended Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) High School where he played football for head coach Pierce Frauenheim as a standout running back, receiver, defensive back and return specialist. Led the Spartans to a perfect 12-0 record on their way to capturing a state title during his sophomore season in 2006.

  • Closed his prep career with 4,042 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions and six pass breakups.
  • Son of Celeste Bell.


  • Receptions: 8 at Atl 10/26/14
  • Receiving Yards: 75 at Min 10/12/14
  • Long Reception: 41 at Min 10/12/14
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1 (four times) Last at GB 12/28/14
  • Rushing Attempts: 4 at Phi 12/8/13
  • Rushing Yards: 16 at Min 10/12/14
  • Long Rush: 9 at NE 11/24/14
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 1 vs. NYG 12/22/13
  • Total Touchdowns: 1 (four times) Last at GB 12/28/14

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