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C. J. Gable

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Gable warming up before a game against California
No. 32 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-10-19) October 19, 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth: Sylmar, California
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Career information
College: Southern California
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
2013 - Frank M. Gibson Trophy
Stats at CFL.ca

C. J. Gable (born Carl Gable Jr. October 19, 1987) is a gridiron football running back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for the University of Southern California Trojans.

He has also been a member of the Denver Broncos and the Nebraska Danger.

Early years

Gable attended Sylmar High School in Sylmar, California. By his sophomore season, he had garnered attention for his play at free safety.[1] He was a 2005 Parade High School All-American before joining the Trojans for the 2006 season. At Sylmar, as a sophomore he had a total of 80 carries, 509 yards, 7 touchdowns as a part-time running back. As a junior, now the full-time running back he had a total of 180 carries, 2,023 yards, 23 touchdowns. As a senior, he had a breakout season having a total of 202 carries, 2,086 yards, 27 touchdowns and came up just short of the school rushing record of 2,095 set by Ryen Carew in 2002. He is the only running back to rush for over 2,000 yards back to back in Sylmar High School history.[2]

College career

Gable became the first freshman to ever start an opener at running back for USC when he started at Arkansas in 2006. Gable suffered a season-ending injury in the third game of the 2007 season. He ran a 4.68 second 40-yard dash in the summer of 2008. Gable will compete for playing time at running back and kick returner as a sophomore in 2008.[3] Gable originally wore #25 when he began his USC career, but had it changed to #2, his number in high school; when he arrived at USC, #2 was already worn by wide receiver Steve Smith, however Smith left for the NFL after the 2006 season and Gable was able to reclaim his old number.[4]

He decided not to declare for the 2009 NFL Draft and returned to USC as a fourth-year junior.[5]

Gable ran for 617 yards and 8 TDs in 2008, while also returning 7 kicks for 196 yards and a 93-yard TD return against Stanford. In 2009, he ran for 102 yards on 24 carries. Gable also returned 19 kicks for 348 yards in '09.

Professional career

New Orleans Saints

Gable went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. On July 26, 2011, Gable signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints. He was waived on September 5, 2011.

Denver Broncos

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Gable during his brief tenure with the Denver Broncos.

On August 6, 2011, Gable signed with the Denver Broncos, but was waived on August 29.

Nebraska Danger

Gable was signed by the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League on October 24, 2012, but was released on February 28, 2013.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Gable was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League on April 2, 2013. CJ Gable had a strong first season in the CFL. He was a threat both rushing the ball and receiving the ball out of the backfield. Gable totaled 782 rushing yards on 130 carries, with 7 touchdowns as well as 598 receiving yards on 54 catches with 5 touchdowns. He was the 2013 winner of the Frank M. Gibson Trophy as runner up for the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award.

Gable's second season in the CFL was marred by injury. He only played in the first 6 games of the season before injuring his foot and shoulder. He wound up with just 138 rushing yards on 30 carries (4.6 average) for 2 touchdowns, with 18 catches for 224 yards and 2 more touchdowns. In late February 2015 Gable and the Tiger-Cats agreed to a contract extension which will keep Gable in Hamilton through the 2017 CFL season.[6]

References

  1. ^ Eric Sondheimer, Younger Players Win Over Veterans, Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2003, Accessed August 18, 2008.
  2. ^ C.J. Gable - Yahoo! Sports
  3. ^ http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/gable_cj00.html Player Bio: C.J. Gable
  4. ^ Scott Wolf, Number Change, Inside USC, December 24, 2006.
  5. ^ USC Safety Taylor Mays Will Return to USC SI.com, January 13, 2009
  6. ^ "Ticats lock RB Gable through 2017". TSN. TSN.ca Staff. 

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