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Five things to know about Chiefs running back Charcandrick West

Charcandrick West carried the ball 22 times for 110 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A star was born in Kansas City on Sunday, when running back Charcandrick West rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs in their 23-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

West's play validated the Chiefs' decisions to sign West last year, promote him over Knile Davis to become the leading backup for Jamaal Charles early this season and then use him as Charles' main replacement after losing their featured back for the season in a loss earlier this month to the Chicago Bears.

Here are five things to know about West:

  1. West has said he believes he's the only person named Charcandrick. He said he never asked his parents where he got his name because he was too busy with another task. “I was trying to learn how to spell it.''

  2. There's no doubt about West's mentor. It's Charles, who had some advice for him as he took over as the Chiefs' featured back. Charles advised West that he should write down his goals for each game beforehand. Before the Steelers' game, West wrote 100 yards and a touchdown.

  3. West is from Springhill, Louisiana, and originally committed to Louisiana Tech as a cornerback. He never enrolled there. Instead, he attended Abilene Christian, a Division II school in Texas, and became a running back.

  4. West didn't get a ton of work at Abilene Christian. He topped 100 carries just once in his four collegiate seasons, as a senior in 2013. He made the most of those 145 carries by scoring 14 touchdowns.

  5. He joined the Chiefs as an undrafted rookie in 2014. West began the season on the practice squad but the Chiefs promoted him to the active roster in November and he played in six games on special teams as a rookie.