22   Ricky Crider
Ricky Crider

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Evansville, IN

High School:
Reitz

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 190

Position:
TB

Experience:
3L


Member of the Huskies' 2010 Leadership Council.

2010: Played in all 14 games at running back as a Huskie senior. Ranked sixth on the team in rushing yards with a career-high 225 yards on 37 carries. Averaged 6.1 yards per carry and scored two rushing touchdowns on the season. Enjoyed his top rushing and receiving year as a senior. NIU's top blocking running back also caught three passes for 31 yards and returned three kickoffs for 80 yards to finish the year with 336 all-purpose yards on 43 touches. Posted career-highs in carries (11) and yards (63) at Akron (10-2), while scoring on a 20-yard run. Gained 50 yards on five carries, including a 22-yard touchdown run, at Eastern Michigan (11-26) to earn NIU Co-Offensive Back of the Week honor. Tallied two carries for 33 yards, including one for a season-long 30 yards, against Minnesota (9-25). Rushed for 21 yards on three carries and caught one pass for 14 yards while earning the nod for NIU's Co-Big Hit of the Week honor against Temple (10-9). Carried the ball in 12 of the Huskies' 14 games on the year. Caught a pass versus both Buffalo (10-16) and Ball State (11-20) for seven and 10 yards, respectively. Added five carries for 13 yards versus the Cardinals and partially blocked a Ball State punt in the second quarter . Picked up 21 yards on three carries in the Toledo (11-9) game. Returned two kickoffs for 49 yards with a long of 25 versus Iowa State (9-2) and had a season-long 31-yard return in the MAC Championship game versus Miami (12-3). Elected to serve on the Huskies' Leadership Council.

2009: Saw action in 12 games as both a tailback and on the kickoff return team. Tallied 343 yards on 16 kickoff returns to average 21.4 yards per return. Posted season highs for carries (eight) and rushing yards (34) in the Eastern Michigan game (11-5). Returned a season-high six kickoffs for 137 yards with a long of 28 versus Ball State (11-12) to finish with the ninth-most KOR yards in a single game for NIU. Totaled 54 kickoff return yards on a pair of returns against Miami (10-24), including a season-long 35-yard effort. Returned four kickoffs for 61 yards against Ohio (11-21). Had one kickoff return in games against Idaho (9-26), Western Michigan (10-3), Akron (10-31), and South Florida (1-3).

2008: Ranked second on the team with 4.8 yards per carry. Played in all 13 games with one start as part of a multiple tailback rushing attack. Totaled 208 yards on 43 rushes with one touchdown. Compiled career-highs of 55 yards and 13 carries against Navy (11-25), and ran for 49 yards on 11 attempts one week prior at Kent State (11-18). Returned four kickoffs for a total of 79 yards against the Midshipmen. Made a career-long dash of 40 yards for a touchdown on his lone carry at Ball State (11-5). Carried the ball six times for 22 yards at Western Michigan (9-6), and added 24 yards on three carries versus Indiana State (9-20). Led the Huskies in kickoff return average with 26.8 yards per return. Racked up 375 KOR yards on 14 tries, including a team and career-long 75-yard return against Central Michigan (11-12) that set up the Huskies' first score of the game. Had five kickoff returns for 180 yards against the Chippewas, and was named NIU Special Teams Player of the Week after that contest. Made two catches for 30 yards, both in the season opener at Minnesota (8-30).

2007: Played eight games, mostly on the kickoff coverage team, before a broken leg sidelined him for the season. Injured on the opening kickoff at Wisconsin (10-20). Credited with five tackles on the year. Rushed five times for 20 yards at Idaho (9-22). Had one carry in both the Temple (10-13) and Western Michigan (10-20) games.

2006: Redshirted.

High School: Named team captain and MVP, Kiwanis Award recipient, first team All-Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, first team All-City and Downtown Quarterback Club's Outstanding Player, first team Evansville Courier & Press All-Metro Team Player of the Year, first team Indiana Football Coaches Association Region 9, and first team Associated Press Class 5A All-State as a senior. State Class 5A Player of the Year by High School Sports Publications after rushing for a school-record 2,478 yards and 33 touchdowns on 11-2 league, city, and sectional champions. Set school career marks with 6,356 rushing yards and 83 TDs. Produced three of top five rushing campaigns in school history and three of top four RHS single-season rushing touchdown totals. Starter all four years for four-time city champions. Lettered four times in football and track. Three-year state qualifier in the high jump. Won city high jump title with 6-foot-5 effort as a junior. Cum laude Honor Roll student.

Personal: Born March 17, 1987 in Evansville, Ind. Communication studies major with an emphasis on media studies. Son of Ronald Crider and Linda Turner. Admires Walter Payton and Reggie Bush.

CRIDER'S CAREER STATISTICS
Rushing

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm
2007 8/0 7 20 2.9 0 6 2.5
2008 13/1 43 208 4.8 1 40 16.0
2009 12/0 10 37 3.7 0 8 3.1
2010 14/0 37 225 6.1 2 30 16.1
Career 47/1 97 490 5.1 3 40 10.4

Receiving

Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lg Yds/Gm
2007 8/0 1 9 9.0 0 9 1.1
2008 13/1 2 30 15.0 0 18 2.3
2009 12/0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 14/0 3 31 10.3 0 14 2.4
Career 47/1 6 70 11.7 0 18 1.5

Kickoff Returns

Year G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg
2007 8/0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2008 13/1 14 375 26.8 0 75
2009 12/0 16 343 21.4 0 35
2010 14/0 3 80 26.7 0 31
Career 47/1 33 798 24.2 0 75

CRIDER'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Rushing Attempts: 13, vs. Navy, 11-25-08
Rushing Yards: 63, at Akron, 10-2-10
TDs: 1, three times, last at Eastern Michigan 11-26-10
Long Gain: 40, at Ball State, 11-5-08

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