UND Roster

2016-17 Football Roster

#25 Tarean Folston

Running Back

Height 5'9''
Weight 214 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown Cocoa, FL
High School Cocoa


• Single-Game Rushing Yards by Freshman (Nov. 2, 2013 vs. Navy, 140, 3rd)

• Single-Season Rushing Yards by Freshman (470, 6th)


• Doak Walker Award Watch List (2016, 2015)

• College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention All Purpose (10.13.14)

• Football Bowl Subdivision Independent Offensive Player of the Week (10.12.14)

• Notre Dame Offensive Newcomer of the Year (2013)

• Football Bowl Subdivision Independent Offensive Player of the Week (11.4.13)


Points scored: 18, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014

TDs: 3, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014

Rush attempts: 21, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; at Florida State, Oct. 18, 2014

Rush yards: 149, vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014 (20 carries)

Rush TDs: 2, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014

Long rush: 43, BYU, Nov. 23, 2013

Receptions: 5, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014

Receiving yards: 71, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014 (5 receptions)

Receiving TDs: 1, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014

Long reception: 37, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014

Total offense attempts: 21, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (21 rush, 0 pass); at Florida State, Oct. 18, 2014 (21 rush, 0 pass)

Total offense yards: 149, vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014 (149 rush, 0 pass)

All-purpose yards: 187, vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014

Tackles: 1, at Arizona State, Nov. 8, 2014; North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014; vs. Syracuse, Sept. 27, 2014 (1-0)

JUNIOR SEASON (2015):Started the season-opener against Texas (Sept. 5) and carried the ball three times for 19 yards before suffering a torn ACL that resulted in season-ending knee surgery.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014): Played in all 13 games and started 10 contests (Michigan, Purdue, Syracuse, Florida State, Navy, Arizona State, Northwestern, Louisville, USC and LSU) … leads the Irish in carries (175), rushing yards (889) and rushing yards per game (68.4) … second on the team with six rushing TDs … his 889 rushing yards are the most by an Irish sophomore since Darius Walker ran for 1,196 yards in 2006 … rushed for 100 or more yards in four of the team’s last seven games … 53 of his 175 carries went for a first down or touchdown … eight of his 10 carries on third down resulted in a first down … averaged 6.2 yards per carry on third down … recorded 26 rushes of at least 10 yards and seven carries of at least 20 yards …did not start in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30), but tied for the Irish lead in both rushes (12) and rushing yards (71) … averaged 5.9 yards per carry against the Owls … collected first start of 2014 in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6) … managed 17 yards on nine carries in the victory over the Wolverines … started in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13) … ran for 22 yards on nine carries and added a pair of receptions for 26 yards against the Boilermakers … registered fifth career start in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27) … rushed for 41 yards on nine carries and added a pair of receptions for 25 yards, including a then career-best 18 yard grab … did not start in the 17-14 victory over No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4) … had 14 yards rushing on three carries … added a six-yard reception … scored three TDs, including two on the ground and his first career TD reception, in the 50-43 victory over North Carolina (Oct. 11) … rushed for 98 yards on a then career-high-equaling 18 carries … rushed for 56 yards in the fourth quarter alone … registered a career-best 37-yard reception … collected 169 all-purpose yards (98 rushing, 71 receiving) against the Tar Heels, which was then a career high … his 71 yards receiving marked the best total by an Irish running back since 2006 (Darius Walker, 73, vs. Purdue) … picked up his first 100-yard rushing game of the year with a 120-yard effort at No. 2 Florida State … toted the ball a career-high equalling 21 times against the Seminoles … his 120 yards marked the first 100-yard rushing performance in 2014 against defending national champion Florida State … rushed for a career-best 149 yards, including a 25-yard TD run, on 20 carries in the 49-39 victory over Navy (Nov. 1) … added a pair of receptions for 38 yards, including a 30-yard catch that set up an Irish TD … registered a career-best 187 all-purpose yards against the Midshipmen … became the first Notre Dame player to rush for at least 120 yards in consecutive games since Darius Walker against Air Force (153 yards) and Army (162) on Nov. 11 and Nov. 18, 2006 … Folston’s 149 rushing yards were the most by any Irish player since Cierre Wood scampered for 150 at Wake Forest on Nov. 17, 2012, and most by a Notre Dame player against Navy since 2003 when Julius Jones ran for 221 … ran for 30 yards on 11 carries in the loss at No. 11 Arizona State … rushed for 106 yards on 20 carries, including a six-yard TD, against Northwestern (Nov. 15) … ran for 134 yards on 18 carries with a TD run against Louisville (Nov. 22) … his 134 yards were the most allowed during the regular season by the Cardinal defense … just the fourth running back to eclipse 70 yards on the ground vs. Louisville (joining Nick Chubb of Georgia, Duke Johnson of Miami, Florida, and Dalvin Cook of Florida State) … the Cardinals entered the game giving up 87.4 yards rushing per game … his 134 yards were the most by any running back against Louisville since Jerome Smith of Syracuse rushed for 144 yards in November of 2012 … recorded 14 yards rushing and 13 yards receiving at USC (Nov. 29) … rushed for 73 yards on a career-high equalling 21 carries in the Music City Bowl victory over LSU (Dec. 30) … added a pair of receptions for 12 yards, including a 16-yard third-down grab on Notre Dame’s gamewinning drive against the Tigers late in the fourth quarter … registered a six-yard TD run midway through the second quarter that gave the Irish a 21-14 lead over LSU.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): Played in 12 games, including a starting role against BYU (Nov. 23) and Rutgers (Dec. 28)… gained 470 rushing yards on 88 carries, ranking third on the team in both categories, but tied for the team high with three rushing TDs … also caught five passes for 35 yards … ran for 73 yards on 17 carries, including a three-yard TD run in the 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 28) … added a careerhigh three catches, including a career-long 15-yard grab … ran for 50 yards at Stanford (Nov. 30), the most ground yards anyone had gained against the No. 8 Cardinal since its Oct. 12 upset loss at Utah … ran for 78 yards on just 13 carries (6.0 average) against BYU in his first career start, also scoring a TD … had his season-long rush of 43 yards in that win over the Cougars … breakthrough performance came against Navy (Nov. 2) when he ran for 140 yards on 18 carries (7.8 average) and a score … the 140 rushing yards were the most by a Notre Dame freshman since 1999 and were only eight shy of matching Jerome Heavens’ school freshman record established in 1975 … saw his first significant action at Air Force (Oct. 26) where he carried the ball 11 times for 47 yards after having 11 carries over the first seven games of the year combined … gained 43 yards on two carries against Oklahoma (Sept. 28) including a 36-yard scamper … ran four times for 12 yards against Michigan State (Sept. 21) … carried the ball five times for 14 yards in the season opener against Temple (Aug. 31) while also making a nine-yard catch.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Associated Press Florida Class 4A first-teamall-state running back for 2012 … named offensive player of the year by Florida Today …rushed for 1,186 yards and 13 TDs in 2012 on Cocoa High School team in Cocoa, Florida, thatadvanced to Florida state semifinals … also caught eight passes for 85 yards and one TD andhad four interceptions (one returned for a TD) as a defensive back (and also punted) …returned two kickoffs for TDs in 2012 … helped Cocoa to wins over Clewiston (55-7) andJones (35-7) in 2012 Florida Class 4A playoffs before loss to eventual state championWashington in semifinal round … ranked 66th player nationally on ESPN 300 list … rated119th on Rivals 250 list … ranked 122nd on 247Sports list of top 247 players … ranked 13thon Rivals.com list of running backs … ranked 198th overall and 24th among running backs onScout 300 by Scout.com … chosen for Under Armour All-America Game and intercepted onepass and broke up another and made one tackle while playing corner and safety in his team’s16-3 victory in St. Petersburg … played for coach John Wilkinson … son of James Folston andTarita Rhynes … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in film, television andtheatre.