Chicago Bears rookie running back Tarik Cohen, who played at Bunn High School prior to his record-breaking career at North Carolina A&T, continues to prove that he can play.
Despite his small stature (5-6, 179 pounds) Cohen showed enough in the preseason to impress the Bears coaching staff. The rookie not only made the 53-man roster, but he will be the No. 2 running back behind Jordan Howard, the second-year back out of Indiana.
In three preseason games, Cohen rushed 19 times for 121 yards, averaging 6.4 yards a carry. Figuring to be a major contributor in the return game, Cohen returned one punt for 17 yards and one kickoff return for 22 yards.
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Selected in the fourth round (119th overall pick) in April’s draft, Cohen was compared to NFL veteran Darren Sproles, who has a similar build (5-6, 190). As the case with Sproles, many around the league wondered if Cohen’s body could take the pounding of the NFL.
Cohen, who played for NC A&T from 2013-16, is the MEAC’s all-time leading rusher, finishing his college career with 5,619 yards and 56 touchdowns.
The Bears host the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons Sunday in the season opener.