No. 29 New Orleans Saints
|Date of birth: March 22, 1988|
|Place of birth: Longview, Texas|
|College: Washington State, Tiffin|
|Undrafted in 2010|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Roster status: Active|
Chris Ivory (born March 22, 1988) is an American football running back for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was signed as a free agent by the Saints on May 3, 2010. He played college football at Washington State and at Tiffin University in Ohio.
Early years[change | change source]
Ivory played both football and track and field in high school at Longview High School in Longview, Texas.
College career[change | change source]
Ivory played three years for Washington State. Because of injuries, he did not get to play as much as he could have. In 22 games, he rushed 91 times for 534 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also had 23 kickoff returns, averaging 22.8 yards. In August 2009, Ivory was kicked off the Washington State team.
Ivory then went to Tiffin, a Division II school in Tiffin, Ohio, whose team was coached by Dave Walkosky. Walkosky had been a Washington State assistant coach. In Ivory's final year of college football, he had 39 rushes for 223 yards in five games before hurting his knee, which ended his season. Walkosky tried to get a medical redshirt exemption for Ivory, which would have let Ivory play another year, but he did not get one. Even though he did not play much at Tiffin, some NFL scouts saw Ivory's performance and speed, and some people thought he could become the first Tiffin player to be picked in the NFL Draft. However, this did not happen.
Professional career[change | change source]
New Orleans Saints[change | change source]
Ivory was not drafted, but he reached a deal with the Saints immediately after the draft, and signed as a free agent on May 3, 2010. He played well in training camp and preseason games. This included a good game against the San Diego Chargers that included a 76-yard touchdown on a swing pass. Chris Ivory made the Saints 53 man roster after beating out Ladell Betts for the last running back position with a great preseason performance.
References[change | change source]
- "RB Chris Ivory dismissed by Washington State", Seattle Times, August 11, 2009.
- Zach Baker, "TU’s Ivory becoming valuable NFL resource: Tiffin running back could be first player in program drafted", Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, March 20, 2010.
- Zach Baker, "TU’s Ivory signed by Saints", Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, April 25, 2010.
- "Former Washington State player Chris Ivory has big night for New Orleans Saints in exhibition-game victory", Seattle Times, August 27, 2010.
- "Saints find another gem in Ivory, who leads triumph over Chargers", AP at NFL.com, August 27, 2010.
- Nakia Hogan, "New Orleans Saints RB Chris Ivory taking nothing for granted", Times-Picayune, August 28, 2010.