Karekin Brooks, a career retrospective

The senior running back on the football team ends his career with stats that place him high in the Penn record books.

Penn running back Karekin Brooks poses on the track with his arms folded at Franklin Field.

Senior running back Karekin Brooks of the football team recently capped off his Penn career with a 95-rushing yard and 62-receiving yard performance against Princeton, a befitting finale for a player who ranks eighth all-time in Penn football history with 3,355 career all-purpose yards.

A First-Team All-Ivy selection, Brooks led the conference in rushing, finished second in all-purpose yards, and ranked sixth in scoring.

In this edition of By the Numbers, Penn Today looks back on Brooks’ incredible Quaker career.

Running back Karekin Brooks runs through defenders during an away game at Lafayette.
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    • 1,003

      Brooks’ rushing total for the season. He is just the 12th player in school history to crack the 1,000-yard mark in a season, and the first Quaker to do so in 13 years.

    • 2,847

      Career rushing yards for Brooks, the third-most in Penn football history and 21st all-time in the Ivy League.

    • 516

      Number of carries for Brooks at Penn, fifth all-time in school history.

    • 26

      Number of career rushing touchdowns for Brooks, sixth all-time in program history.

    • 5.51

      Average yards per carry for Brooks throughout his Penn career, second all-time at Penn and eighth all-time in the Ivy League.

Karekin Brooks runs through a hole during a home game against Princeton.
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    • 268

      Number of rushing yards for Brooks in a 65-47 win over Lehigh in 2017, second-most all-time by a Penn player. He rushed 29 times, scored three touchdowns, and averaged 9.2 yards per carry.

    • 6.7

      Brooks’ average yards per carry as a sophomore, a single-season Penn record.

    • 246

      Number of rushing yards for Brooks in the Red & Blue’s 13-7 defeat of Brown in 2018. He carried the ball 34 times and averaged 7.2 yards per carry. He is the only running back in Penn history with three 200-yard games.

Karekin Brooks receives the handoff in the backfield against Delaware.
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