Second-year running back who brings excellent quickness, balance and ability to create in space to the Lions’ revamped rushing attack.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
Second-year running back Theo Riddick's play warrants more opportunities, even when Reggie Bush is back from his ankle injury.
Theo Riddick didn’t play much last week because of an abdominal injury, but it only took one play this week in Oakland to show why coaches and teammates are so high on the young running back.
Theo Riddick, the second-year running back out of Notre Dame, was an impressive performer for the Lions in OTAs and minicamp. But will it translate to training camp and the regular season?
Theo Riddick doesn’t mind being a one-man welcoming committee for Golden Dome alums who’ve followed his path from Notre Dame to the Lions.
Calvin Johnson participated in his third consecutive practice this week and looks ready to go Sunday vs. Cincinnati
Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick talks about his ability to make big plays despite limited opportunities and his game-winning touchdown against Miami.