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Darren Ervin
Player Profile:
Darren Ervin 1250257
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 195
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Houston, TX
High School: Lamar HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Twitter: @calfootball

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2013 | 2012

Ervin played in 19 games with two starts over the final two campaigns of his three seasons at Cal before medically retiring during 2014 spring practices. He finished his career with 124 yards rushing on 35 carries, four receptions for 16 yards receiving and one touchdown, and five kick returns for 100 yards, putting up all of his career numbers on offense as a 2013 sophomore. He also had eight career tackles mostly on special teams with three as a sophomore after five in his 2012 redshirt freshman season. Ervin graduated from Cal in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.

Cal Career (2011-13, 2014 Spring)
► Played in 19 games with two starts over the final two seasons of his three campaigns with the program before medically retiring during 2014 spring practices
► Had two seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining when he medically retired
► Registered totals of 35 rushes for 124 yards, four receptions for 16 yards receiving and one touchdown on offense, while adding five kick returns for 100 yards to total 240 all-purpose yards with all of the offensive and return numbers coming as a 2013 sophomore
► Had career highs of 11 rushes, 40 rushing yards and seven receiving yards as a 2013 sophomore vs. Oregon State when he also had both the longest rush (11 yards) and reception (7 yards) of his career
► Posted a career-high two receptions for five yards as a 2013 sophomore at Washington when he also had a 27-yard kick return that was the longest of his career
► Twice returned a career-high-tying two kicks vs. Portland State and Oregon State, picking up a career-high 43 kick return yards against Portland State
► Added eight tackles including a career-high two stops in back-to-back games at Ohio State and USC during his 2012 redshirt freshman season
► Switched to No. 30 during the 2012 season before returning to the same No. 34 in 2013 that he also wore prior to and starting the 2012 campaign
► Spent the 2014 regular season and the latter portions of spring practices as a student assistant coach after being forced to medically retire during 2014 spring practices

Junior (2014)
► Medically retired during spring practices but remained with the program through the 2014 regular season in the role of a student assistant coach

Sophomore (2013)
► Played in eight games with two starts vs. Oregon State and Arizona, totaling 124 yards rushing on 35 carries, while adding four receptions for 16 yards and one touchdown, five kick returns for 100 yards and three tackles
► Had career highs of 11 rushes, 40 rushing yards and seven receiving yards for his lone career score on his longest career reception in his first career start vs. Oregon State to begin a series of four games – also at Washington (10-37), Arizona (7-27) and vs. USC (6-18) – in which he registered all of his career rushing stats other than one rush for two yards vs. Portland State
► Registered a career-high two receptions for five yards at Washington and also had a single catch for four yards at Oregon
► Recorded a career-high-tying two kick returns both at Oregon (career-high 43 kick return yards) and vs. Oregon State (30 kick return yards), as well as one for 27 yards at Washington that was the longest kick return of his career
► Had a career-high 77 all-purpose yards vs. Oregon State (40 rush, 7 receiving, 30 kick returns)
► Tallied three tackles with one each in home games against Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona
► Missed portions of spring practice including the team’s spring game due to injury but did spend much of the spring as the team’s top tailback with injuries forcing Brendan Bigelow to miss all of spring practice and Daniel Lasco to miss contact workouts

Freshman (2012)
► Played in 11 of 12 games off the bench, primarily on special teams
► Contributed five tackles, recording a career-high-tying two in back-to-back games at Ohio State and USC, as well as one vs. UCLA
► Named Cal’s Scout Team Player of the Year on offense

Freshman (2011)
► Redshirted
► Did not play
► A mid-year enrollee at Cal for the spring semester that participated in spring football workouts

Lamar HS (Class of 2011)
► A versatile player who lined up at quarterback, tailback and wide receiver at different times during his prep career
► Earned first-team All-District 5A-20 and Prepstar All-Region honors as a 2010 senior when he rushed for 716 yards to rank second in the 5A Region III District 20 Conference and scored nine touchdowns on 114 carries
► Led his squad to a 9-2 overall record and a 7-0 mark as a senior to win the All-District 5A-20 title
► Began his 2009 junior campaign as his team's starting quarterback and also played some at wide receiver, contributing 148 yards receiving and two touchdown catches
► Switched to running back midway through his junior season and posted 730 yards rushing on 141 carries and 10 touchdowns to lead his team to a 10-2 overall record and a 4-1 league mark
► Added 148 yards receiving on 15 catches and had one touchdown grab as a junior
► Also participated in two seasons of both basketball and track and field
► Named to his school’s honor roll each of his last three prep campaigns
► Involved in student council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
► Spent two weeks in Tokyo as an exchange student
► Graduated from high school in three and a half years

Recruiting Notes (Class of 2011)
► Listed as the nation's No. 82 running back by ESPN, while Scout had him at No. 86
► A three-star recruit according to ESPN, Scout and Rivals

► Full name is Darren Keith Ervin
► Born April 20, 1993
► Parents are Warren Ervin and Deidre Gordwin

Ervin's Career Game Highs
Rushes: 11 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Rushing Yards: 40 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Long Rush: 11 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Receptions: 2 (at Washington, 2013)
Receiving Yards: 7 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Receiving TDs: 1 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Long Reception: 7TD (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Kick Returns: 2 (twice, last vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Kick Return Yards: 43 (vs. Portland State, 2013)
Long Kick Return: 27 (at Washington, 2013)
All-Purpose Yards: 77 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Tackles: 2 (twice, last at USC, 2012)
Points: 6 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)

Last Updated
June 6, 2015

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