I played high school football at Irvington High School in Fremont, California. I was named first-team all-league running back as well as an all-league defensive back as a senior, and earned the league Defensive Player of the Year award. I rushed 143 times for 1,232 yards and 14 touchdowns and had nine receptions for 103 yards, and defensively, he recorded six interceptions. I was also a two-year letter winner in basketball as well as track & field.
After High School, I enrolled at Utah State University and played for the Aggies football team since 2007. As a redshirt sophomore in 2009, I gained 1,296 rushing yards and 418 receiving yards and scored 18 touchdowns. In the annual rivalry game against the Utah Utes, I set a school record with a 96-yard touchdown run. Unfortunately I missed the 2010 season due to a knee injury, but returned in 2011 as the Aggies’ lead running back. In the first half of the 2011 season, I ran for at least 100 yards in five of six games. My 1,517 rushing yards during the 2011 season ranked 10th among NCAA Division I FBS players.