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  J.R. Lemon
J.R. Lemon

Player Profile

Fayetteville, GA

High School:
Sandy Creek HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 225


Seasons At Stanford:

At Stanford: Stanford's most experienced running back, J.R. has shared the rushing duties in the Cardinal offense for the past two seasons ... He has gained 992 yards in his career on 241 carries (4.1 avg) while scoring 13 touchdowns ... He started seven games in '04 and three in '03 ... He will be looked upon this year to again be one of the team's primary rushing threats ... He has had games in which he has been a dominate player, including three 100-yard rushing days and two in which he gained over 150 yards ... His 13 rushing touchdowns ranks him tied for ninth all-time at Stanford.
Career Stats

The 2005 Season: Game-By-Game Statistics

The 2004 Season: Started seven games and finished the season as the team's top rusher ... He led the team with 440 yards rushing and six touchdowns in addition to 13 receptions ... Had a career-high 162 yards rushing, and scored three touchdowns, in Stanford's 27-13 win over Washington ... His other top game came against top-ranked USC when he accounted for 96 yards and one touchdown on just 10 carries ... One of those carries, however, put Lemon's name in the Cardinal record book ... He took an inside handoff from the Cardinal 18-yard line on the final play of the first half and raced 82 yards for a touchdown, which tied for the sixth longest TD rush in school history ... Missed two games due to injury. Game-By-Game Statistics

The 2003 Season: One of the team's two rushing threats in 2003 ... He finished the year second on the team to Kenneth Tolon with 118 carries for 467 yards and a team-leading four rushing touchdowns ... J.R. played in all 11 games and started the final three games of the year vs. Oregon State, Cal and Notre Dame ... When he did get an opportunity to play a major role in the running game, however, he made the most of his opportunities in 2003 ... With Tolon limited in the season opener against San Jose State, J.R. carried the day with a career best 18 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns ... He played a reserve role for several weeks during the mid part of the season, but with Tolon again slowed by injury against Arizona State, he made the most of his opportunity ... He wound up setting career bests again with 34 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 38-27 win over the Sun Devils ... The 34 carries tied for the fourth highest single game total in school history and the 151 yards rushing was the most by a Cardinal back since Mike Mitchell in 1994 ... In those two games in which he was the primary ball carrier (San Jose State and Arizona State), J.R. rushed for 254 yards on 52 carries (4.9 ypc) while scoring four touchdowns ... In The Big Game vs. Cal, he gained 84 yards on 17 carries and was awarded the Frank Rehm Award as the most outstanding back in the Big Game ... Named honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10.

The 2002 Season: Backup running back and special teams player ... Carried the ball 30 times for 85 yards and three touchdowns to go along with two receptions for 28 yards ... Had two tackles on special teams ... Had his biggest game against San Jose State on September 14 when he carried the ball 17 times for 69 yards and three touchdowns ... Also had one reception for 23 yards ... He was the team's top rushing threat against the Spartans ... He scored the Cardinal's first TD on a four yard run ... In the third quarter, he scored on runs of five and two yards out ... Named to start the following week in game No. 3 at Arizona State ... Missed the final two games of the year due to an ankle injury.

The 2001 Season: Redshirted the season as a true freshman running back.

In High School: One of the nation's elite recruits following the 2000 season ... A consensus Prep All-American who, despite missing five games as a senior, managed to garner national honors as one of the top running backs in the country ... A finalist for the prestigious 2000 Watkins Award, which is given annually to the nation's top African-American high school football player ... Rated No. 37 on SuperPrep's Elite 50 list of the nation's top recruits ... SuperPrep also ranked him the sixth best running back prospect in the nation ... PrepStar selected him to its "Dream Team," and ranked him as the eighth best running back in the Southeast ... Gained 900 yards and scored nine touchdowns in limited action as a senior.

Personal Information: Management Science and Engineering major.

Getting To Know: JR Lemon
Nickname: Rock
The reason I love football is: the competition
For me to improve as a person, I need to: be more patient
My favorite pre-game ritual is: yoga
The biggest thrill in my life to date is: coming across the country to school
My favorite stadium in which to play is: the C-House
A friend from another college football team is: DJ Shockley, Kedric Golsten (UGA), Riley Swanson (Wake Forest)
The reason I chose Stanford University is: great people
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: how to think
My favorite class at Stanford is: Greek Mythology
My least favorite class at Stanford is: Physics
What sets Stanford apart from other college football programs?: the standard is much higher
The sports team I followed when I was younger: Falcons
The athlete I admire most is: Muhammad Ali
The person I admire most is: my parents
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be: my mom
Favorite food: fried chicken
Least Favorite food: eggs
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: Boston Market rotisserie chicken
Favorite movie: Gladiator
Favorite TV show: Kevin Hill
Favorite actor: Denzel
The best advice I ever received was: the sweat of preparation determines the champion long before the day of destiny determines the outcome
The person who had the greatest influence on my life: my parents
The place I'd most like to visit: Brazil
The favorite place I've visited: Cabo San Lucas
Hobbies: guitar, collecting music
Ten years from now, I'd like to be: sitting pretty
My advice to youngsters: play hard
If I won $1 million, I would: Put my dad up really nice
The one thing about college football I would change: allow players to get paid

Last Updated: February 28, 2006

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