Former Tarleton State running back Derrick Ross is dominating in the Arena Football League this season and even earned a National Guard MVP of the week award.
Ross is busy setting records on the Philadelphia Soul, rushing 84 yards and scoring five touchdowns to lead his team past the Orlando Predators in a 79-48 victory. The five touchdowns are the most scored by any player in a single game this season.
But wait, there’s more. Ross just became the 10th player in AFL history to rush for a stunning 1,000 career yards, doing so in just 29 games – faster than any player in the league’s history.
The former Texan posted the two best single-game rushing totals while at Tarleton and was able to gain 269 yards against Western New Mexico in 2005 and 260 yards against N.M. Highlands in 2004. In addition, he had the two best rushing seasons – 1,560 yards in 2005 and 1,512 in 2005 while playing in just nine games.
This outstanding college career lead Ross to the NFL after he graduated, as Ross joined the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent during the summer of 2005 and spent one season with them. The following summer he was the NFL Europe MVP for the Cologne, Germany Centurions.
To say that Ross is a very well traveled athlete would be an understatement. This Huntsville native ran for Blinn College before joining the Texans. He has also spent time with the Winnipeg Bombers and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. In 2010 he was honored with the Indoor Football League rookie of the year award while playing for the San Angelo Stampede Express. He is currently in his second season with the Soul.
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Original Source: Stepenville Empire Tribune