Bo Scarbrough
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Scarbrough with the Lions in 2019
No. 43, 40, 25
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1994-09-29) September 29, 1994 (age 29)
Eutaw, Alabama, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Tuscaloosa County
(Northport, Alabama)
College:Alabama (2014–2017)
NFL draft:2018 / Round: 7 / Pick: 236
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:408
Rushing average:4.3
Rushing touchdowns:1
Receptions:1
Receiving yards:5
Player stats at PFR

Bo Scarbrough (born September 29, 1994) is a former American football running back. He played college football at Alabama before a four year National Football League (NFL) career, largely for the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. Following his tenure in the NFL, Scarbrough played two seasons in the USFL with the Birmingham Stallions, winning back to back USFL Championships.

Early years

Scarbrough attended Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama,[1] where he played high school football for the Jaguars. As a freshman, he suffered a broken ankle. As a sophomore, he had 938 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, before suffering a torn ACL near the end of the season and missing the playoffs. As a junior, he registered 792 rushing yards in six games, before suffering a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of the seventh game.[2]

As a senior in June 2013, he announced his transfer to Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Alabama.[3] Two months later in August 2013, he announced his transfer to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.[4] In ten games, he rushed for 1,468 yards and 20 touchdowns.[5] He was rated as a consensus five-star recruit and committed to the University of Alabama to play college football.[6]

College career

As redshirt freshman in 2015, he sat out the first four contests after suffering a torn ACL in spring practice.[7] During the season, he was one of the backups to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, and Damien Harris, posting 18 carries for 104 yards.[8][9][10] Against Charleston Southern, he had 10 carries for 69 yards and scored his first collegiate touchdown.[11] He appeared in four games and had 18 carries for 104 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.[12]

As a sophomore, Scarbrough was part of a backfield unit that contained Harris and newcomer Josh Jacobs.[13] He posted 125 carries for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns.[14] In the annual rivalry game against #9 Tennessee, he had five carries for 109 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, which was an 85-yard carry in the fourth quarter of the 49–10 victory.[15] In the last three games (SEC Championship, CFP Semifinal, and CFP National Championship), he rushed 46 times for 364 yards (7.9-yard average) and six touchdowns.[16] He ran for two rushing touchdowns and an Alabama bowl game record 180 yards against Washington in the 2016 Peach Bowl. He was named the game's offensive MVP.[17][18][19] He suffered a broken right fibula in the CFP National Championship Game, leaving the game with 93 rushing yards and two touchdowns.[20]

As a junior, he continued to share the backfield with Damien Harris and Jacobs, along with newcomer Najee Harris.[21] He finished third on the team with 124 carries for 596 yards, tied for second with eight touchdowns, and second with 17 receptions for 109 yards.[22][23] On January 10, 2018, it was announced that Scarbrough would forego his senior year at Alabama in favor of the 2018 NFL Draft.[24]

Statistics

Alabama Crimson Tide
Season Team GP Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2015 Alabama 4 18 104 5.8 1 0 0 0.0 0
2016 Alabama 13 125 812 6.5 11 4 22 5.5 0
2017 Alabama 14 124 596 4.8 8 17 109 6.4 0
Total 31 267 1,512 5.7 20 21 131 6.2 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+38 in
(1.86 m)
228 lb
(103 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.52 s 1.56 s 2.65 s 4.34 s 40.0 in
(1.02 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Combine[25][26]

Dallas Cowboys

Scarbrough was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[27][28] He was one of 12 Alabama players to be drafted that year.[29]

On September 1, he was released after the team decided to keep only two running backs. After the Green Bay Packers signed running back Darius Jackson from the Cowboys' practice squad, Scarbrough was signed on September 3 as his replacement.[30] He was released on October 9, 2018.[31]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On October 11, 2018, Scarbrough was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.[32]

Seattle Seahawks (first stint)

On December 18, 2018, Scarbrough was signed by the Seattle Seahawks off the Jaguars practice squad.[33] He was declared inactive for the last two games. He was waived on August 31, 2019.[34]

Detroit Lions

Scarbrough in a game against the Washington Redskins

On November 6, 2019, Scarbrough was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad.[35] On November 16, 2019, he was promoted to the active roster, to provide depth while running back Kerryon Johnson was out with a torn meniscus.[36] Scarbrough was named the starter over J. D. McKissic, for the Week 11 game against his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. He rushed 14 times for 55 yards (3.93-yard avg.) and a touchdown in the 35–27 loss.[37] In the following week's game against the Washington Redskins, he rushed 18 times for 98 yards (5.44-yard avg.) in the 19–16 loss.[38] In the Week 13 contest against the Chicago Bears, he had 21 carries for 83 yards (3.95-yard avg.) in the 20–24 loss. He was declared inactive with a rib injury in Week 15. He appeared in six games and started five, while recording 377 rushing yards (4.24-yard avg.) and one rushing touchdown.[39]

In 2020, he faced a difficult challenge to make the team, after running backs D'Andre Swift and Jason Huntley were selected by the Lions in the second and fifth rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. On September 6, 2020, Scarbrough was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, which cleared a roster spot to sign running back Adrian Peterson.[40] He was activated on October 24 and was declared inactive for the game against the Atlanta Falcons.[41] He was waived on October 31.[42]

Seattle Seahawks (second stint)

On November 11, 2020, Scarbrough was signed to the Seahawks' practice squad.[43] He was elevated to the active roster on November 19 for the team's week 11 game against the Arizona Cardinals, to provide depth with running backs Chris Carson and Travis Homer injured.[44] He had 6 carries for 36 yards (5.17-yard avg.), but also suffered a torn hamstring in the fourth quarter, before being reverted to the practice squad after the contest. He was placed on the practice squad/injured list on November 23.[45] His practice squad contract with the team expired after the season on January 18, 2021.[46]

Las Vegas Raiders

On August 6, 2021, Scarbrough signed with the Las Vegas Raiders.[47] He was waived on August 16, 2021.[48]

Birmingham Stallions

On May 9, 2022, Scarbrough signed with the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League, at the midway point of the season.[49] He took over the starting running back position and shared carries with C. J. Marable, while helping the Stallions win the first USFL Championship over the Philadelphia Stars, 33–30.[50] In the final, he had 13 carries for 135 yards (10.4-yard avg.), including a 70-yard run and a 36-yard touchdown. He appeared in six games with five starts, making 84 carries for 352 yards and one touchdown.[51]

On April 20, 2023, he was placed on the injured reserve list after the season opener.[52] He re-signed with the Stallions on September 14, 2023.[53] On January 15, 2024, he was selected by the Stallions in the seventh round of the Super Draft portion during the 2024 UFL dispersal draft.[54] He announced his retirement on March 8, 2024, partway through Stallions training camp; the UFL afforded him a full press conference to announce the retirement.[55] He was placed on the team's retired list on March 10.[56]

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