Jacksonville Jaguars: 15 best running backs of all-time
By John Buhler
LaBrandon Toefield has quite the name. After named All-SEC First-Team in 2001 as a junior for the LSU Tigers, Toefield would enter the 2003 NFL Draft after completing his senior season in Baton Rouge for the Bayou Bengals.
Toefield would be a fourth-round pick by the Jaguars, the only NFL franchise he would ever play in a regular season game for. Though a promising tailback in college, Toefield was largely used as Fred Taylor’s backup during his first three years in the league from 2003 to 2005. By the time Maurice Jones-Drew arrived in Jacksonville in 2006, snaps were harder to come by for Toefield.
Frankly, Toefield’s two best seasons as a professional were his first two out of LSU. He rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 53 carries as a rookie in 2003, while carrying the ball 51 times for 169 yards and no touchdowns in 2004 as a second-year pro.
Toefield was a decent pass catcher out of the backfield in those years, as he had 14 grabs for 105 yards and a touchdown in 2003 and 28 catches for 158 yards and another touchdown in 2004. However, 2005 would be a make-or-break year for Toefield in the NFL that did ultimately pan out.
While he rushed for a career-high four touchdowns in 2005, Toefield only appeared in nine games, rushing the ball for just 142 yards on 36 carries. By the time Jones-Drew arrived in 2006, Toefield became an afterthought in the Jaguars backfield. He would sign with the Carolina Panthers in the 2008 NFL offseason, but was cut out of camp. Toefield did spend a year in the United Football League playing for the New York Sentinels in 2009.
Overall, Toefield had 163 carries for 572 yards and seven touchdowns in five years with the Jaguars. He also had 46 catches for 277 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield. Relative longevity and being a backup for two of the best running backs in Jaguars history has Toefield coming in at No. 12 on this list.