Orleans Darkwa
RB #26
Height:
6-0
Weight:
215
Age:
25
College:
Tulane
Hometown:
Nashville, TN
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2017):

CAR
6
YDS
31
AVG
5.2
TDS
0

Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
-    Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins on May 12, 2014…Waived by the Dolphins on Oct. 6, 2014…Signed to the Dolphins’ practice squad on Oct. 8, 2014…Signed to the Giants’ active roster on Nov. 12. 2014.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Darkwa has played in 37 games with 2 starts…His totals include 75 rushing attempts for 287 yards (3.8-yard avg.) and 4 touchdowns, and 10 receptions for 91 yards (9.1-yard avg.). He also has 12 special teams tackles.
-    In 2016, Darkwa played in 10 games with 2 starts…Placed on injured reserve with a lower leg injury on Nov. 29…Season totals included 30 carries for 111 yards (a 3.7-yard average) and two touchdowns, plus 2 receptions for 12 yards…Also had 3 special teams tackles (2 solo)…Ran for a career-high 53 yards on 10 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown, vs. Washington (9/25)… Made his first career start at Minnesota (10/3), and had a career-high 12 carries for 48 yards, including a season-long 17-yarder and the Giants’ only touchdown on a 1-yard run…Started at Green Bay (10/9) and gained 11 yards on 7 carries…Did not play vs. Baltimore (10/7), and was limited to special teams duties for 5 games before going on injured reserve.
-    In 2015, Darkwa played in all 16 games…Had career-high totals of 36 carries for 153 yards (4.3-yard avg.), plus 3 catches for 31 yards…Carried the ball for the first time vs. Dallas (10/25), when he had 8 attempts for 48 yards, including a career-long 15-yard touchdown run…Had a career-long 17-yard run among his 4 carries at New Orleans (11/1)…Gained 23 yards on 8 carries vs. the Jets (12/6)…Caught a season-long 15-yard pass at Minnesota (12/27).  
-    In 2014, played in 11 games as a rookie – 4 with the Dolphins and 7 with the Giants…Finished with 4 rushing attempts for 2 yards and 3 receptions for 31 yards for Miami, and 5 carries for 21 yards and 1 touchdown, 2 catches for 17 yards, 4 special teams tackles (3 solo) and 1 forced fumble for the Giants…Made his NFL debut for Miami vs. New England (9/7)…Had 3 receptions for 31 yards at Buffalo (9/14) and 4 rushing attempts for 2 yards at Oakland (9/28)…Debuted with the Giants on special teams vs. San Francisco (11/16)…Recorded first special teams tackle vs. Dallas (11/23)…His first rushing attempt, at Tennessee (12/7) gained no yards…Contributed to the Giants’ victory in St. Louis (12/21) with 4 carries for 21 yards, including a season-long 12-yarder for  his first NFL touchdown, 2 receptions for 17 yards, 2 special teams tackles and 1 forced fumble on a kickoff (that was recovered by Nat Berhe, leading to a Giants touchdown).
 
COLLEGE:
-    Four-year letterman at Tulane (2010-13)...Played in 46 career games…Career totals included 663 carries for 2,953 yards and 39 touchdowns…Added 77 receptions for 595 yards…As a senior in 2013, played in 13 games and had 188 rushing attempts for 863 yards...In 2012, played in 9 games with 5 starts and led the team with 3 rushing touchdowns while finishing tied for first with 81 rushing attempts and 2nd with 241 rushing yards…In 2012, played in 13 games with 11 starts and led the team with 210 carries, 924 yards and 13 touchdowns…Named first-team All-Louisiana and 2nd-team All-Conference USA…Posted a season-best 196 all-purpose yards on 7 catches for 112 yards and 84 rushing yards on 18 carries vs. Memphis…As a freshman in 2010, played in 11 games with 6 starts and led the team with 1,230 all-purpose yards…Rushed for a Tulane freshman-record 925 yards and 11 touchdowns on 184 attempts.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Hosted the 2nd Annual Orleans Darkwa Football Camp for 200 kids in Nashville, TN...Also hosted the Orleans Darkwa Football Skills Camp in Fort Lee, NJ.  ..Raised awareness for Anti-Bullying by wearing custom designed cleats during Week 13 for the league wide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”...Attended the 2017 Giants Draft Party, thanking season ticket holders for their support. Attended the GIANT Night of Comedy hosted by the Rashad Jennings Foundation at New York Gotham’s Comedy Club...Ran drills with youth football players at the Chase & USA Football Head’s Up Football practice hosted at the Giants’ Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

PERSONAL:
-     Sociology major…Four-year letterman at The Ensworth High School in Nashville, where he helped lead the school to a 20-2 record, including a perfect 13-0 mark in conference play, over his final 2 seasons…Team reached state semifinals as a junior and the quarterfinals as a senior…Rushed for 2,243 yards and 24 touchdowns and returned 6 kickoffs for 200 yards as a senior…Had three 300-plus yard games, including a 364-yard, 4-touchdown effort ... Full name is Orleans Opoku-Darkwa…Born in Nashville.
TRANSACTIONS:
-    Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins on May 12, 2014…Waived by the Dolphins on Oct. 6, 2014…Signed to the Dolphins’ practice squad on Oct. 8, 2014…Signed to the Giants’ active roster on Nov. 12. 2014.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Darkwa has played in 37 games with 2 starts…His totals include 75 rushing attempts for 287 yards (3.8-yard avg.) and 4 touchdowns, and 10 receptions for 91 yards (9.1-yard avg.). He also has 12 special teams tackles.
-    In 2016, Darkwa played in 10 games with 2 starts…Placed on injured reserve with a lower leg injury on Nov. 29…Season totals included 30 carries for 111 yards (a 3.7-yard average) and two touchdowns, plus 2 receptions for 12 yards…Also had 3 special teams tackles (2 solo)…Ran for a career-high 53 yards on 10 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown, vs. Washington (9/25)… Made his first career start at Minnesota (10/3), and had a career-high 12 carries for 48 yards, including a season-long 17-yarder and the Giants’ only touchdown on a 1-yard run…Started at Green Bay (10/9) and gained 11 yards on 7 carries…Did not play vs. Baltimore (10/7), and was limited to special teams duties for 5 games before going on injured reserve.
-    In 2015, Darkwa played in all 16 games…Had career-high totals of 36 carries for 153 yards (4.3-yard avg.), plus 3 catches for 31 yards…Carried the ball for the first time vs. Dallas (10/25), when he had 8 attempts for 48 yards, including a career-long 15-yard touchdown run…Had a career-long 17-yard run among his 4 carries at New Orleans (11/1)…Gained 23 yards on 8 carries vs. the Jets (12/6)…Caught a season-long 15-yard pass at Minnesota (12/27).  
-    In 2014, played in 11 games as a rookie – 4 with the Dolphins and 7 with the Giants…Finished with 4 rushing attempts for 2 yards and 3 receptions for 31 yards for Miami, and 5 carries for 21 yards and 1 touchdown, 2 catches for 17 yards, 4 special teams tackles (3 solo) and 1 forced fumble for the Giants…Made his NFL debut for Miami vs. New England (9/7)…Had 3 receptions for 31 yards at Buffalo (9/14) and 4 rushing attempts for 2 yards at Oakland (9/28)…Debuted with the Giants on special teams vs. San Francisco (11/16)…Recorded first special teams tackle vs. Dallas (11/23)…His first rushing attempt, at Tennessee (12/7) gained no yards…Contributed to the Giants’ victory in St. Louis (12/21) with 4 carries for 21 yards, including a season-long 12-yarder for  his first NFL touchdown, 2 receptions for 17 yards, 2 special teams tackles and 1 forced fumble on a kickoff (that was recovered by Nat Berhe, leading to a Giants touchdown).
 
COLLEGE:
-    Four-year letterman at Tulane (2010-13)...Played in 46 career games…Career totals included 663 carries for 2,953 yards and 39 touchdowns…Added 77 receptions for 595 yards…As a senior in 2013, played in 13 games and had 188 rushing attempts for 863 yards...In 2012, played in 9 games with 5 starts and led the team with 3 rushing touchdowns while finishing tied for first with 81 rushing attempts and 2nd with 241 rushing yards…In 2012, played in 13 games with 11 starts and led the team with 210 carries, 924 yards and 13 touchdowns…Named first-team All-Louisiana and 2nd-team All-Conference USA…Posted a season-best 196 all-purpose yards on 7 catches for 112 yards and 84 rushing yards on 18 carries vs. Memphis…As a freshman in 2010, played in 11 games with 6 starts and led the team with 1,230 all-purpose yards…Rushed for a Tulane freshman-record 925 yards and 11 touchdowns on 184 attempts.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Hosted the 2nd Annual Orleans Darkwa Football Camp for 200 kids in Nashville, TN...Also hosted the Orleans Darkwa Football Skills Camp in Fort Lee, NJ.  ..Raised awareness for Anti-Bullying by wearing custom designed cleats during Week 13 for the league wide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”...Attended the 2017 Giants Draft Party, thanking season ticket holders for their support. Attended the GIANT Night of Comedy hosted by the Rashad Jennings Foundation at New York Gotham’s Comedy Club...Ran drills with youth football players at the Chase & USA Football Head’s Up Football practice hosted at the Giants’ Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

PERSONAL:
-     Sociology major…Four-year letterman at The Ensworth High School in Nashville, where he helped lead the school to a 20-2 record, including a perfect 13-0 mark in conference play, over his final 2 seasons…Team reached state semifinals as a junior and the quarterfinals as a senior…Rushed for 2,243 yards and 24 touchdowns and returned 6 kickoffs for 200 yards as a senior…Had three 300-plus yard games, including a 364-yard, 4-touchdown effort ... Full name is Orleans Opoku-Darkwa…Born in Nashville.
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLongTDFUMLost
TOTAL 81 318 3.9 17 4 12 93 7.8 17 0 0 0
2017 NYG 2 0 6 31 5.2 12 0 2 2 1 3 0 -- --
2016 NYG 10 2 30 111 3.7 17 2 2 12 6 9 0 -- --
2015 NYG 16 0 36 153 4.3 17 1 3 31 10.3 15 0 -- --
2014 NYG 7 0 5 21 4.2 12T 1 2 17 8.5 9 0 -- --
2014 MIA 4 0 4 2 0.5 7 0 3 31 10.3 17 0 -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultRushingReceivingFumbles
AttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @DAL L 3-19 3 14 4.7 12 0 1 -1 -1 -1 0 -- --
2 DET L 10-24 3 17 5.7 11 0 1 3 3 3 0 -- --

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