November 6, 2015

Highlighted Year: Derrick Fenner, 1990

Running Back, Seattle Seahawks

Age: 23
2nd season in pro football & with Seahawks
College: North Carolina
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 229

Fenner performed well in college, including an ACC-record 328-yard rushing game against Virginia in 1986. However, there were off-field problems and Fenner was jailed on a murder charge that was eventually dropped, although he received probation for drug possession. It effectively ended his college playing career and Fenner, while cleared to enter the 1989 NFL draft, was avoided until taken by the Seahawks in the tenth round. He saw little action as a rookie, running for just 41 yards and catching three passes, but the departure of RB Curt Warner provided an opening in ‘90.

1990 Season Summary
Appeared in all 16 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Attempts – 215 [12]
Most attempts, game – 22 (for 144 yds.) at Denver 9/23
Yards – 859 [12]
Most yards, game – 144 yards (on 22 carries) at Denver 9/23
Average gain – 4.0
TDs – 14 [1, tied with Cleveland Gary]
100-yard rushing games – 2

Pass Receiving
Receptions – 17      
Most receptions, game – 5 (for 85 yds.) at LA Raiders 10/14
Yards – 143
Most yards, game – 85 (on 5 catches) at LA Raiders 10/14
Average gain – 8.4
TDs – 1

TDs – 15 [2, tied with Cleveland Gary; 1st in AFC]
Points – 90 [18, tied with Cleveland Gary]

Seahawks went 9-7 to finish third in the AFC West.

Fenner had a disappointing year in 1991, rushing for 267 yards while averaging 2.9 yards-per-carry, and departed to the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent in ’92. As backup to RB Harold Green, he rushed for 500 yards and seven TDs. An upright runner with good power, he was not used much as a pass receiver in his first four seasons but caught a career-high 48 passes for 427 yards in 1993 while running for 482 yards in a limited role. After a similar season in ’94 he was signed by the Raiders to play fullback and Fenner spent three years with them, carrying the ball occasionally and catching passes. Overall, at the end of his career in 1997, he had rushed for 2996 yards on 804 carries (3.7 avg.) and caught 202 passes for another 1578 yards, scoring a total of 42 touchdowns. Of that, 1167 rushing yards and 20 TDs came with the Seahawks.   


Highlighted Years features players who were consensus first-team All-League* selections or league* or conference** leaders in the following statistical categories:

Rushing: Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Passing: Yards, Completion Pct., Yards per Attempt, TDs, Rating
Receiving: Catches, Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Scoring: TDs, Points, Field Goals (min. 5)
All-Purpose: Total Yards
Defense: Interceptions, Sacks
Kickoff Returns: Average
Punt Returns: Average
Punting: Average

*Leagues include NFL (1920 to date), AFL (1926), AFL (1936-37), AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974-75), USFL (1983-85)

**NFC/AFC since 1970