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Ja'Quez Cross

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Ja'Quez Cross
Arkansas State Red Wolves – No. 2
PositionRunning back
Career history
High schoolFordyce (Fordyce, Arkansas)
Personal information
Born: (2002-01-11) January 11, 2002 (age 22)
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Ja'Quez Cross (born January 11, 2002) is an American football running back for the Arkansas State Red Wolves. He previously played for the Purdue Boilermakers.

Early life and high school[edit]

Cross grew up in Hampton, Arkansas and attended Fordyce High School where he lettered in football and basketball. In his high school career, Cross completed 141 carries for 1,310 yards and 25 touchdowns. He accumulated a total of 2,002 all-purpose yards and 1,656 total yards.[1] He was ranked as a three-star rated recruit and originally committed to play college football at South Dakota State University before switching his commitment to play for Purdue University.[2][3]

College career[edit]


During Cross's true freshman season in 2021, he appeared in three games and was redshirted. He finished the season with 13 recorded rushing attempts for 27 yards and a long run of five yards while also catching one pass which covered six yards.[4]

On November 17, 2021, Cross announced that he would be entering the transfer portal.[5] He would later transfer to Arkansas State.

Arkansas State[edit]

During the 2022 season, he appeared in eight games and started one against Louisiana. He finished the season with 24 recorded rushing attempts for 92 total rushing yards with a long run of 12 yards, along with 10 receptions for 56 yards.[6]

During the 2023 season, he helped the Red Wolves receive their first victory of the season against Stony Brook where he rushed for a career-high 164 yards and two touchdowns.[7] He also helped the team become bowl eligible with a 77-31 win against Texas State where he rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns and then returned a kickoff 93 yards.[8] Because of his performance, he was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week.[9] He finished the season with appearing in 13 games and recorded 128 rushing attempts for 716 yards and seven touchdowns, along with 24 receptions for 161 yards.[10]


  1. "Ja'Quez Cross' High School Football Stats". Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  2. "Ja'Quez Cross, Fordyce, Wide Receiver". July 1, 2021. Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  3. Carmin, Mike (October 30, 2020). "Arkansas standout Ja'Quez Cross commits to Purdue football". Journal & Courier. Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  4. "Ja'Quez Cross 2021 Gamelog". Sports Reference. Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  5. Fezler, D.J. (November 17, 2021). "Purdue Freshman Running Back Ja'Quez Cross Enters the Transfer Portal". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  6. "Ja'Quez Cross 2022 Gamelog". Sports Reference. Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  7. "Arkansas State beats Stony Brook 31-7 for first win of 2023". KAIT. September 16, 2023. Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  8. "Cross helps Arkansas State become bowl-eligible with 77-31 rout of Texas State". CBS Sports. November 18, 2023. Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  9. "Ja'Quez Cross Named SBC Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week". Arkansas State Red Wolves. November 20, 2023. Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  10. "Ja'Quez Cross 2023 Gamelog". Sports Reference. Retrieved May 2, 2024.

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