Raymond Kirkley enters the 2005 season as Pitt's most tested tailback...was the starting tailback last year, a duty he also held as a true freshman in 2001...owns 23 starts for his career, by far the most of any member of the Panthers' stable of backs...is a hard-charging, straight-ahead runner who is aggressive with the ball..."Ray is very solid for us," running backs coach David Walker said. "He improved in many areas during the spring, especially his inside running. He has played a lot of football and that will help us as a unit."...joins redshirt freshman placekicker Conor Lee as one of two Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) products on this year's Pitt roster.
2004: Played in 10 games, starting nine at tailback...missed the South Florida contest and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl versus Utah due to a left wrist injury...led Pitt with 560 rushing yards on 154 carries (3.6 avg.) with six TDs...had a career-high 108 yards on 26 carries (4.2 avg.) and one TD versus Furman...also had five receptions for 37 yards in the Furman game...made a strong 2004 debut with 100 rushing yards on 21 carries (4.8 avg.) versus Ohio... named coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Game for the Ohio contest...finished with a game-high 88 yards on 21 carries (4.2 avg.) with one TD against Boston College...also pulled in two receptions for 13 yards against the Eagles...named coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Game for the Boston College contest... finished with a career-best two rushing TDs at Temple, netting 86 yards on 21 attempts (4.1 avg.)...his one-yard plunge at Temple put Pittsburgh ahead to stay, 20-16, with 8:38 left...added a five-yard scoring run at the 2:49 mark to increase the advantage to 27-16...finished with 68 yards on 17 carries (4.0 avg.) with one TD against Syracuse...had four receptions for a career-high 47 yards at Connecticut.
2003: Did not play in any games and redshirted.
2002: Played in seven games, starting four...had 152 yards and a touchdown on 45 carries for the year...finished with a season-high 46 yards on nine carries (5.1 avg.) at Syracuse...had 27 yards on 12 carries with a one-yard touchdown against Toledo...hauled in his first career touchdown reception, a nine-yard shovel pass from Rod Rutherford, versus Ohio.
2001: Had an impressive debut season and was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year...led Pitt in rushing with 645 yards, averaging 4.2 yards on 155 carries...rushed for three touchdowns...led all running backs with 19 receptions for 127 yards (6.7 avg.)...was the starting tailback for the first 10 games of the season and played in all 12 contests...missed starts against UAB in the regular-season finale and against NC State in the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl after sustaining a right ankle injury at West Virginia...rushed for 70 yards or better six times on the year, including a season-high 93 yards versus Miami...had 85 yards on 16 carries (5.3 avg.) and a touchdown versus Rutgers...against West Virginia, Kirkley compiled 70 yards on 14 carries (5.0 avg.) before leaving the game in the third period with a right ankle injury...despite missing the start against UAB the following week, Kirkley still played against the Blazers and helped key a 24-6 win with 55 yards rushing on 11 carries (5.0 avg.)...became only the third true freshman running back in Pitt history to start in a season-opening game when he started the East Tennessee State contest...in addition to Kirkley, the other true frosh tailbacks to start a season opener for Pitt were Tony Dorsett versus Georgia in 1973 and Brandon Williams versus Villanova in 1998...rushed for 90 yards and a TD on 18 carries (5.0 avg.) and had five receptions for 34 yards versus ETSU...had 70 yards on 14 attempts (5.0 avg.) versus Syracuse and received the coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Game honor.
Prep School: Spent prep season at Fork Union Military Academy in 2000...led team with 800 yards rushing and seven touchdowns...played under Coach John Shuman.
High School: Was a two-time All-Virginia Group A selection at Madison County High...rushed for 5,362 yards and 87 touchdowns in his high school career...finished as Central Virginia's all-time career leading rusher and scorer...as a senior he rushed for 2,963 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught seven passes for 163 yards (23.3 avg.) and three TDs...named the state, district and regional Player of the Year...earned four letters at Madison County under Coach Eddie Dean.
Personal: Raymond Edward Kirkley Jr., born 11/2/81, is the son of Raymond Kirkley Sr., and Phyllis Kilby...has three brothers and two sisters...administration of justice major.
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