The Green Wave football team played an 85-play scrimmage on Saturday, August 21.
Career Notes: Two-year letterman has rushed for 1,849 yards and 24 touchdowns on 394 carries (4.7 avg.), hauled in 54 passes for 460 yards (8.5 avg.), returned eight kickoffs for 150 yards (18.8 avg.) and completed 3-of-5 passes for 77 yards (15.4 avg.) and a pair of touchdowns ...has played in 24 games with 17 starts for his career...in Tulane career history, ranks tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns and 100-yard rushing games (7), sixth in rushing yards per game (77.0), seventh in rushing yards per carry, tied for 10th in total touchdowns and 12th in rushing yards...his 13 touchdowns in 2011 ranks fifth in Tulane single-season history, and his 11 scores in 2010 sits tied for 10th...listed as the No. 1 running back on the depth chart heading into preseason drills.
2011: Saw action in all 13 games with starts in the final 11 games as a sophomore...named first-team All-Louisiana and second-team All-Confernce USA after leading the team in rushing attempts (210), rushing yards (924), rushing touchdowns (13), receptions (37) and points scored (78) while ranking second in all-purpose yards (1229) and total offense (958), and fourth in receiving yards (305)...finished third in C-USA in rushing yards per game (71.1) while sitting tied for fourth in points scored via touchdown per game and tied for 10th in overall points per game (6.0), 10th in all-purpose yards per game (94.5) and 15th in yards of total offense per game (73.7)...ranked 70th nationally in rushing yards per game...posted a pair of 100-yard rushing efforts with a season-high 138 on 16 carries at Army (10/1) and 123 on 21 totes vs Houston (11/10)...had a season-best two rushing touchdowns at UAB (9/17), vs Syrucuse (10/8), vs Houston and at Hawai'i (11/26)...posted a season-best 196 all-purpose yards on the strength of seven catches for 112 yards - both career highs - including a season-long 31-yarder, to go along with 84 rushing yards on 18 carries vs Memphis (10/22)...hauled in five passes at Rice (11/19) and added four-grab outings vs Syracuse and vs UTEP (10/15)...aslo completed 1-of-3 passes for the year with his lone completion being a 34-yarder vs UTEP.
2010: Played in 11 games with six starts as a true freshman...earned third-team Freshman All-America and first-team All-Conference USA honors from Phil Steele Publications, claimed second-team All C-USA and C-USA All-Freshman Team recognition based on a vote of league coaches and media members, and was tabbed second-team All-Louisiana after leading the team in all-purpose yards (1,230), rushing attempts (184), rushing yards (925) and touchdowns (11)...finished second on the team in total offense (968) and points scored (68) - including a two-point conversion vs Army (10/9) - third in kickoff returns (8) and return yardage (150), and sixth in receptions (17) and receiving yards (155)...his rushing total broke the former Tulane freshman record of 890 set by Mewelde Moore in 2000...ranked second in C-USA in rushing yards per game (84.1), eighth in both all-purpose yards per game (110.5) and points scored per game (6.18) and 13th in total offense yards per game (88.0)...sat 44th in the NCAA in rushing yards per game and 60th in all-purpose yards per contest, marks that ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, among freshmen nationally...surpassed the 100-yard rushing barrier five consecutive games, including a career-best 193 yards on 29 carries vs SMU (10/30)...also hit triple digits with 114 yards and two touchdowns at UTEP (10/23), 138 yards and a pair of scores vs Southern Miss (11/6), 113 yards vs Rice (11/13) and 129 yards and a touchdown vs UCF (11/20)...scored a career-best three touchdowns in the season opener vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/2) after running 19 times for 75 yards...capped season by rushing for 65 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in a season-high seven passes for 64 yards at Marshall (11/27)...had three receptions for 39 yards vs Army and added two-catch performances vs both Ole Miss (9/11) and UCF (11/20)...added three kickoff returns for 41 yards in his collegiate debut against Southeastern Louisiana and added three more returns for a career-best 69 yards vs Army.
High School: Three-year letterman at The Ensworth School for head coach Ricky Bowers...named a three-star prospect by ESPN.com and Rivals.com and a one-star recruit by Scout.com...earned a Scout Grade of 75 and rated the No. 111 running back in the country by ESPN.com...ranked the No. 16 prospect in the state of Tennessee and the No. 64 running back in the nation by Rivals.com...helped lead the Tigers to a combined 20-2 record, including a perfect 13-0 mark in conference play, over his final two prep seasons...helped guide Ensworth to the state semifinals as a junior and the quarterfinals as a senior...as a senior, named Nashville Daily News Offensive Back of the Year and The Tennessean Dream Team, earned first-team all-state honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and the Tennessee Football Coaches Association, and was a finalist for Division II Mr. Football after running for 2,243 yards and 24 touchdowns and returning six kickoffs for 200 yards...had three 300-plus yard games in 2009, including a 364-yard, four-touchdown effort against Ryan on Oct. 16...as a junior, ran for 1,952 yards and 21 touchdowns, caught six passes for 246 yards and two scores, and returned three kickoffs for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Personal: Born Orleans Opoku-Darkwa on Feb. 28, 1992...son of Orleans and Juliana Darkwa...has one brother, Clarence...majoring in sociology.