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Ganaway was a two-star running back recruit out of high school, choosing Houston over Rice and SMU. He saw action in 2007 as a true freshman, recording 550 yards on 109 attempts (5.0) and 6 touchdowns. After the death of his mother (kidney cancer), Ganaway left Houston and enrolled at Texarkana College (TX), taking a year off from football. Ganaway was lured back to the sport by Baylor head coach Art Briles, who was his head coach at Houston in 2007. He enrolled at Baylor in 2009 and saw time as a back-up as a sophomore, finishing with 200 yards on 68 carries (2.9) and 5 scores. Ganaway was again a reserve in 2010 as a junior, recording 295 yards on 46 rushes (6.4) and 2 scores. He had his best season in 2011 as a senior starter (12 starts), finishing with a conference-best 1,547 yards on 250 carries (6.2) and 21 touchdowns, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors.
Ganaway has good size with a powerful, filled-out frame, but needs a few steps to reach his top-end speed ? strong, one-cut downhill runner with build-up speed. He has a sketchy background, but showed consistent improvement throughout his career and earned his way ? mature and football-focused. Despite a highly productive senior season, Ganaway looks like nothing more than a short-yardage back with limited burst and speed to do much past the line of scrimmage ? a mid-to-late round draft choice who needs to stay balanced and run with consistent power to hold down a roster spot in the NFL.
Strengths: Thickly-put-together throughout his frame and runs with power, showing the leg drive to push the pile. Runs balanced and close to the ground with the natural strength to stay on his feet through contact as defenders slip off of him ? load to tackle and easily runs through arm tackles. Has good vision to find the hole and get north/south. Gets good initial push and always seems to be falling forward for a positive gain. A hard runner with a workhorse-type back mentality. Does a nice job picking up the blitz and using his frame to impede rushers. Earned the starting running back job as a senior and made the most of his opportunity, leading the Big 12 in rushing and finishing third in the NCAA with 21 rush scores ? finished the season with six 100+ yard and three 200+ yard performances. Has good bloodlines as the nephew of former NFL defensive lineman Jeremiah Trotter.
Weaknesses: Poor acceleration and takes too long to get up to full speed ? a slow starter with little burst to his game. Too hesitant when the hole isn?t there and wastes time running laterally. Tight-hipped and doesn?t show much wiggle or open-field shiftiness. Stops his feet too quickly and needs to consistently keep his legs moving through contact. Not overly physical for his size and won?t run over defenders ? doesn?t break enough tackles. Will run with inconsistent pad level at times and struggle to get through the line of scrimmage at the next level. Needs to watch his weight and stay conditioned. Has limited experience catching the ball out of the backfield and needs to improve his technique in pass protection.
NFL Comparison: Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Ganaway, an All-Big 12 selection and the Offensive MVP of the 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl, rushed for a school-record 1,547 yards and 21 touchdowns. The DeKalb, Texas native recorded three 200-yard rushing games, matching the number of 200-yard performances in 109 previous seasons of Baylor football. Ganaway also broke the school record for carries in a game when he rushed 42 times for 246 yards in a win over Texas Tech.
Played all 13 games as reserve junior running back... Totaled 295 yards and two touchdowns, along with four receptions for 44 yards and one kickoff return for 38 yards and TD... 295 rushing yards third on team, 6.4 yards-per-rush average tops among those with 30 or more carries... Earned first-team Academic All-District VI honors from ESPN/CoSIDA... Honored as first-team Academic All-Big 12 member... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2010... Turned in one of most memorable plays of year with onside kick return for TD vs. Texas Tech (online clip on YouTube has more than 4.3 million views)... Ran for 42 yards on seven carries and had two receptions for 24 yards in season-opening win vs. Sam Houston State... Rushed for Baylor career-high 79 yards on eight rushes in win at Rice in fourth game... Returned onside kick 38 yards for touchdown in first quarter vs. Texas Tech in sixth game... Totaled 60 yards and two touchdowns in six carries at No. 19 Oklahoma State in 10th game.
Played in all 12 games and earned one start in first season at Baylor in 2009... Sophomore transfer from Houston, totaled 200 yards rushing and team-high five rushing TDs on season... Added 37 yards receiving on two catches... Earned first Baylor letter... Selected to Baylor Dean's List for fall 2009 and spring 2010 and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for fall 2009 and spring 2010... Scored career-high three TDs on ground and had season-high 43 yards rushing in win over Northwestern State in third game... Ran for 35 yards on four carries (8.8 average) at Iowa State in sixth game... Also had 35 rushing yards and game-clinching TD in season-high 14 attempts in upset at Missouri in ninth game... Had season-long 22-yard rush in Missouri win... Started vs. No. 2 Texas in 10th game, ran for five yards and had one TD.
Redshirted...Did not participate in football during 2008 season... Transferred from Houston and attended Texarkana (Texas) College.
Competed in all 13 games with one start... One of only 35 players to play in all 13 games... Second-leading rusher with 550 yards on 109 carries... Ranked third with six rushing touchdowns... Tied with Anthony Alridge for the longest rush of the season... Made his collegiate debut at Oregon during the season opener… Scored the season’s first points on a 1- yard touchdown run in the first quarter… Rushed for 82 yards, including a long of 43 yards, on only eight carries at C-USA rival Tulane… Posted 44 rushing yards on only six carries against Colorado State during the home opener... Rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries at UAB... Scored the eventual game-winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter on a 1-yard plunge at UTEP.. Rushed for 47 yards on 13 carries against SMU... Scored the Cougars’ lone points on a 5-yard touchdown run at C-USA rival Tulsa... Finished with 39 rushing yards on eight carries against the Golden Hurricane... Rushed for a career-best 122 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries against Texas Southern during the regular-season finale... Also broke off a game-best 60-yard run against the Tigers. Texas Bowl: Rushed one time against TCU.
Prepped at DeKalb High School… was a twostar recruit by Scout.com… twice named East Texas 2A Player of the Year…named Mr Football for 2A Texas High Schools… rushed for 2,815 yards on 320 carries and 36 touchdowns, (8.4 yards per carry) to lead the Northeast Texas area… named All- State First Team by the Texas Sports Writers Association… also played basketball and a four-year regional qualifier in track.
Full name is Terrance Omar Ganaway… born Oct. 7, 1988, in New Boston, Texas… son of Joe and Charlor Ganaway of DeKalb, Texas… uncle is Jeremiah Trotter who played eight years with the Philadelphia Eagles… enjoys reading the Bible in his spare time… was a member of National Honor Society and Student Council… also recruited by Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice and SMU… plans to major in business management.
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08/21/13 - RB Terrance Ganaway left the team Wednesday and indicated he is giving up football to pursue his masters degree. The Rams officially waived him with the designation left squad.
Asked about talking to Ganaway, coach Jeff Fisher said, "It was a great conversation. He came in this morning and said that he's decided that he wants to go back to school and he's talked it over with his wife and his family. I was happy for him. It's not often a guy can walk away from the game on your own terms. I also told him that I felt like he had ability to play in this league. He can walk away having participated, a great college career with an outstanding football team and take those memories with him and go on with his life."
08/09/13 - RB Terrance Ganaway suffered leg cramps in the final practice of the week before the preseason opener and did not play against Cleveland as a precaution.
08/12/12 - RB Terrance Ganaway, a sixth-round pick, had 16 yards on four carries and one catch for eight yards. Ganaway was impressive during practice leading up to the Bengals game and got some reps with the starters on offense.
04/30/12 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 6/202-Terrance Ganaway, RB, 6-0, 239, Baylor...Big 12 rushing champion Ganaway won't be a threat to Shonn Greene's job but provides another bruising back to the Jets' ground-and-pound attack. - The Sports Xchange
04/30/12 - In emphasizing defense at the draft, the Jets reconfirmed their faith in running back Shonn Greene's ability to handle a heavy workload as the lead back in a "ground-and-pound" approach. The Jets added offensive depth by selecting Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway and his teammate, guard Robert T. Griffin, with consecutive picks in the sixth round. Ganaway led the Big 12 in rushing (1,547 yards) and capped a monstrous senior season by rushing for 200 yards and five touchdowns in the Alamo Bowl. - The Sports Xchange