Player Bio

Tarik Cohen
RB #29
Height:
5-6
Weight:
181
Age:
22
College:
North Carolina A&T
Experience:
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Biography

Selected in the fourth round (119th overall pick) of the 2017 NFL Draft. The diminutive and speedy 5-6, 179-pounder is the leading rusher in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference history with 5,619 yards on 868 carries. A four-time all-conference selection who was voted the MEAC offensive player of the year as a junior in 2015, he rushed for 1,148, 1,340, 1,543 and 1,588 yards in his four seasons.

Cohen set all-time school records with 6,564 all-purpose yards and 61 touchdowns—with 56 coming on runs, three on receptions and two on passes. He also averaged 6.5 yards per carry, caught 98 passes for 945 yards and competed on North Carolina A&T's track team as a sprinter.

Cohen has been nicknamed "The Human Joystick" because of his cutback running style.

Selected in the fourth round (119th overall pick) of the 2017 NFL Draft. The diminutive and speedy 5-6, 179-pounder is the leading rusher in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference history with 5,619 yards on 868 carries. A four-time all-conference selection who was voted the MEAC offensive player of the year as a junior in 2015, he rushed for 1,148, 1,340, 1,543 and 1,588 yards in his four seasons.

Cohen set all-time school records with 6,564 all-purpose yards and 61 touchdowns—with 56 coming on runs, three on receptions and two on passes. He also averaged 6.5 yards per carry, caught 98 passes for 945 yards and competed on North Carolina A&T's track team as a sprinter.

Cohen has been nicknamed "The Human Joystick" because of his cutback running style.

 

Recent Articles

  • Cohen making smooth transition into NFL

    Posted 19 hours ago

    Running back Tarik Cohen's impressive performance in the Bears' preseason opener empowered the rookie fourth-round pick with confidence as he returned to the practice field this week.

  • Cohen emerging as fan favorite at practice

    Posted Aug 2, 2017

    Bears rookie running back Tarik Cohen has emerged as a fan favorite at training camp, where he has displayed some of the moves that earned him the nickname "The Human Joystick" in college.

  • Cohen motivated by those who doubt him

    Posted Jun 21, 2017

    The latest installment of "Meet the Rookies" features running back Tarik Cohen and his constant battle against perceptions about his size.

  • Jackson, Cohen could boost return game

    Posted May 18, 2017

    The Bears hope that running back Tarik Cohen and safety Eddie Jackson contribute on their respective sides of the ball as rookies. But the fourth-round picks also could make an impact returning punts.

Recent Videos

  • Meet The Rookies: Tarik Cohen

    Posted Jun 21, 2017

    Tarik Cohen burst from the tiny hamlet of Bunn, N.C., and arrived at Halas Hall as a fourth-round Draft pick. The shifty running back explains why the one college scholarship offer he received was enough and how he thrives on the doubts of others. His mother and college position coach reveal exactly how long his odds seemed and how belief can change everything.

  • Players surprise fans at Brookfield Zoo

    Posted Jun 7, 2017

    Jordan Howard, Zach Miller, Cody Whitehair and Tarik Cohen head to Brookfield Zoo to surprise fans at the Bear exhibit.

  • Update: Rookies learning from vets at OTAs

    Posted Jun 6, 2017

    Lauren Screeden catches up with Tarik Cohen, Mitchell Trubisky and Prince Amukamara following practice at Halas Hall.

  • Tarik Cohen: Turn on the tape

    Posted May 14, 2017

    Rookie running back Tarik Cohen addresses the media following the conclusion of Rookie Minicamp.