Who Is Joel Bouagnon?

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New Star Running Back?

A disappointing game from the Stallions against the Iron but that doesn’t mean there weren’t players that didn’t have a good game. One of the players that did have a good game was running back, Joel Bouagnon. He had a great day, but the question is, who is he?

High School/College

Joel Bouagnon was born on March 28, 1995, in Pomona, California. Bouagnon played high school football at Aurora Cristian High School in Aurora, Illinois. In 2013, he committed to Northern Illinois.

As a freshman Bouagnon played in 4 games. He was First Team All-MAC selection as a running back in 2015. Well deserved too, running for 1,285 yards and touchdowns. He was tied with 10th most rushing touchdowns in the FBS. He also led the MAC with most scored points with 108 and finished second in rushing. The next year, he was selected for Second Team All-MAC as a running back with 885 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns.

He finished his 4-year college career with 600 attempts for 2912 yards with 31 touchdowns averaging out 4.9 yards per run. To go along with those rushing stats, he also had 44 catches for 368 yards and 3 touchdowns. Overall he had 3280 yards and 34 touchdowns.

NFL Career

He started his NFL career as an undrafted free agent and signed with the Chicago Bears on May 11th, 2017. Unfortunately, he was placed on injured reserve on August 3rd. Six days later he was released.

On January 10th, 2018, Bouagnon signed a future/reserve contract with the Green Bay Packers. He was waived on September 1st, 2018 and signed with the practice squad the next day. A month later on October 9th, he was released.

On October 24th, Bouagnon was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad but was released a day later. On December 11th, he signed with the New York Jets. There were no stats for his NFL career.  

A Second Chance

On January 12th, 2019 he signed with the Salt Lake Stallions. Joel Bouagnon’s AAF debut with the Stallions was played against the Arizona Hotshots. Hotshots won 22 – 38. Bouagnon had 16 carries for 39-yards rushing. Joel Bouagnon’s second game was against the Iron. Iron won that game 9 – 12, but Bouagnon made a name for himself in this one. He had 11 carries with 70 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass from Austin Allen for 11 yards.

Joel Bouagnon will be a great running back if he plays as he did against the Iron. All Stallions fans should get excited for this guy if he plays like this more. Stallions running back depth is amazing and definitely will be a strength for us during the season. 

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