The Steelers began Day 3 of the NFL Draft by selecting running back Anthony McFarland with the first of their two fourth round picks, the 124th pick overall in the draft.
"I am really excited to add a guy like Anthony McFarland," said running backs coach Eddie Faulkner. "A good fit to the room, a good complement to what is already on our roster. We have some familiarity with him. People speak very highly of him. You look at the tape he offers a change of pace to our room. I think he will be a great addition. I am excited to get him in the fold."
McFarland, who played at the University of Maryland, had 114 rushing attempts for 614 yards last season, scoring eight touchdowns. His season was hampered by an ankle injury he suffered Week 2 against Temple that didn't let up as the season went on, even though he missed only one game.
"I am 100 percent now," said McFarland. "My ankle injury during the season, I was injured the whole season. It happened Week 2 against Temple and I didn't get 100 percent until the end of the season. I dealt with that the whole season. I played on it. I only missed one game, against Indiana. Now I am 100 percent and ready to go."
McFarland finished his Maryland career with 1,648 rushing yards in just two seasons, ranking 21st overall in school history. He ranks ninth in school history with six 100-yard games.
In 2018 he broke the Maryland freshman rushing record with 1,034 yards, an average of 7.9 yards per carry.
The Steelers are familiar with McFarland as he is a teammate of Dino Tomlin, son of Coach Mike Tomlin, and new quarterbacks coach Matt Canada was the offensive coordinator in 2018 at Maryland and they already have a strong relationship.
"He is like a father-figure to me," said McFarland of Canada. "Every time I see him, I am going to pick his brain. I am glad I am going to be around him."
Anthony McFarland Jr.
DeMatha Catholic High School
McFARLAND'S HONOR ROLL
- Third in Maryland history, averaging 6.7 yards per carry
- Ninth in Maryland history with six 100-yard games
- 21st in Maryland history with 1,648 rushing yards
- 2019 Maxwell Award Watch List
- 2019 Preseason Phil Steele Second Team All-Big Ten
- 2019 Preseason Athlon Sports Second Team All-Big Ten
- 2018 Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American
- 2018 Second Team All-Big Ten (Media)
- 2018 Third Team All-Big Ten (Coaches)
- 2018 Associated Press Second Team All-Big Ten
- 2018 Phil Steele Second Team All-Big Ten
- Big Ten Freshman of the Week (9/24/18, 11/19/18)
- Set the Maryland record for single-season rushing yards by a freshman (1,034)
As a Sophomore (2019): Appeared in 11 of 12 games, making seven starts ... Tallied 614 yards on 114 attempts with eight touchdowns with two 100-yard games (at Temple, 9/14; at Michigan State, 11/30) ... Hauled in 17 receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown ... In last game of Maryland career at Michigan State (11/30), ran for 134 yards on eight carries including a 63-yard touchdown to put Maryland ahead 16-13 in the third quarter ... Quickest Terp to 11 career rushing touchdowns since 2010 ... Was first Maryland player to have seven rushing touchdowns in the first six games since Keon Lattimore in 2007 ... Scored two more times, including the second longest rush of his career, an 80-yard touchdown at Rutgers (10/5) ... Rushed for fifth 100-yard game in career with a 132 yard performance, adding a touchdown at Temple (9/14) ... Had three touchdowns in the first half vs. #21 Syracuse (9/7), two rushing and one receiving, the most by a Terp in five years ... Opened up season scoring two first quarter touchdowns against Howard (8/31).
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As a Redshirt Freshman (2018): Second Team All-Big Ten ... Appeared in all 12 games with five starts ... Broke the Maryland freshman rushing record with 1,034 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 7.9 yards per carry ... Second player in Maryland history to have back-to-back 200 yard rushing games (210 at Indiana, 298 vs. Ohio State) ... Had second most rushing yards ever by a Terp in a game with 298 against Ohio State (11/17) ... Set Maryland record for most rushing yards in a game by a freshman (210 at Indiana and then 298 against Ohio State) ... Set Maryland record for 100-yd rushing games by a freshman (4) ... Set Maryland record for single-season rushing yards by a freshman (1,022) ... Had most rushing yards in the first quarter by any player in the FBS with 175 vs. Ohio State (11/17) ... Sixth in FBS in yards per carry (7.9) ... Totaled second most rushing yards in a single game ever with 298 on 21 carries (14.2 YPC) against Ohio State (11/17), with two touchdowns ... Reached 1,000 yard plateau, becoming the 10th player in Maryland history and first freshman to do so ... Led the Maryland offense with 210 rushing yards on 29 carries (7.2 per carry) at Indiana ...Got the ball on a then career-best 16 rush attempts, tallying 83 yards against Illinois (10/27) ... Rushed for 74 yards on nine carries vs. Rutgers (10/13) ... Carried nine times for 34 yards at #15 Michigan (10/6) ... Rushed six times for 112 yards (18.7 yds/c) and two TDs vs. MINN (9/22) ... Notched first career 100-yard rushing game against Temple (9/15), rushing 11 times for 107 yards (9.7 yds/c) ... Had 69 rushing yards and 53 receiving yards at Bowling Green (9/8).
As a Freshman (2017): Did not see game action ... served a redshirt season.
Before Maryland: A consensus 4-star recruit according to all major recruiting databases … rated the 3rd-best running back nationally and second best player in the state of Maryland by 247 Sports and Rivals … 2016 Under Armour All-American … missed senior season due to injury … 2015 Second Team Washington Post All-Metro … ran for 527 yards and eight touchdowns (8.5 yards/carry) as a junior, while also catching 25 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns … 2014 Honorable Mention Washington Post All-Metro … rushed for 1124 yards (10.1 yards/carry) as a sophomore, in addition to catching 15 passes for 312 yards and 12 touchdowns … was also considering Alabama, Miami, Penn State and Georgia.