Jonathan Dwyer led the Pittsburgh Steelers’ ground attack in the season opener Sunday in Denver, gaining 43 yards on nine carries.
Today, we learn a little more about the Steelers running back.
Who is Jonathan Dwyer?
Dwyer was Parade All-American high school football player while playing at Kell High School in Marietta, Ga.
After being named the Georgia Player of the Year in 2007 he committed to play his college football at nearby Georgia Tech.
While at Georgia Tech, Dwyer was named to the ACC All-Freshman team in 2007 before claiming the ACC Player of the Year after gaining over 1,300 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets in 2008.
How he became a Steeler?
Dwyer became a Pittsburgh Steeler on April 24, 2010, when he was drafted in the 6th round.
Dwyer was the 188th player and 11th running back selected in the 2010 draft. He made the Steelers’ 53-man roster the following September.
His career as a Steeler:
Dwyer made his NFL debut in Week 17 of the 2010 season, running for 28 yards on nine carries against the Cleveland Browns.
The running back played in just seven games last season for the Steelers, collecting his first career 100-yard rushing performance in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans.
Dwyer totaled 107 yards on the ground that Sunday, including a career long 76-yard run, while filling in for an injured Rashard Mendenhall.
After a third straight successful preseason, Dwyer figures to be in the mix again in the Steelers’ backfield this season as Mendenhall continues to work his way back from off-season knee surgery.
It is unknown whether or not Mendenhall will be able to play in the home opener against the Jets.
If he does not though, expect to see a lot more from Dwyer again this Sunday.