Derrick Lassic

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Derrick Lassic
No. 25
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-01-26) January 26, 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth: Haverstraw, New York
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Thiells (NY) North Rockland
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 4 / Pick: 94
Debuted in 1993 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1995 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played10
Games started3
Rushing yards269
Touchdowns3
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
 
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Derrick Lassic
No. 25
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-01-26) January 26, 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth: Haverstraw, New York
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Thiells (NY) North Rockland
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 4 / Pick: 94
Debuted in 1993 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1995 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played10
Games started3
Rushing yards269
Touchdowns3
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Derrick Owens Lassic (born January 26, 1970) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers. He played college football for the University of Alabama. He is most remembered for being the starting running back for the Cowboys for the first two games (both losses) of the 1993 season while Emmitt Smith held out in a contract dispute.

Early years[edit]

Lassic attended North Rockland High School, where as a senior he set county records with 1,719 rushing yards, 31 touchdowns and 194 scored points. He helped his team to three third straight Section 1 Class A bowl wins and as a senior was named the New York State large-school Player of the Year and an USA Today’s High School All-American.

He accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Alabama, where he started to receive playing time until his junior year, when he was one of two primary running backs. He became a starter the following year, however, registering 905 rushing yards on 178 carries (5.1 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns. That year he was named the 1993 Sugar Bowl MVP after Alabama beat Miami 34-13 to win the National Championship.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Lassic was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. The team was forced to start him in the first two games (both losses) after Emmitt Smith contract holdout extended into the regular season. In ten games (three starts) in 1993, he rushed 75 times for 269 yards and three scores, but he suffered from the loyalty his teammates had towards Smith.[2] Erik Williams criticized Lassic's running style, saying "He runs too fast. We have a flow and he isn't able to see it."[3] Nate Newton said, "Lassic was a nice kid, but if we expected to get back to the Super Bowl, we needed Emmitt in the lineup."[4]

The next season he was limited from a torn ligament he suffered in his right knee during a pre-season game, until being placed on the injured reserve list on December 6, 1994.[5]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

The Carolina Panthers selected him from the Cowboys roster in the 1995 NFL Expansion Draft.[6] The team reached an injury settlement with him on August 28, after suffering from knee, hamstring and thigh problems in training camp.[7]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Lassic signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996 and was waived on July 30.[8]

Toronto Argonauts (CFL)[edit]

In 1998, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and was waived on August 18.[9]

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