Drafted: Pick 27 of the 3rd round by N.Y. Giants
Positives: Well-built with long arms and large hands...Uses his leg drive to defeat the jam coming off the line of scrimmage...Has ideal deep acceleration to get into the secondary quickly...Solid pattern runner who is very effective on the option pass, showing the burst needed to escape the linebackers after the catch...Sees the ball well, doing a nice job of tracking the ball in over his shoulders...Makes proper adjustments on the ball, displaying above average leaping ability and body control to compete with the defender for the pigskin at its high point...Has soft hands, extending properly to pluck and snatch away from the body's frame...Has the hip swerve to elude and the power to break arm tackles.
Negatives: Marginal blocker who seems to hesitate when asked to fire off the line to neutralize the linebackers with a cut block...Can be driven back into the pocket by the larger defenders...Does not get his arms up with effective pop and explosion when trying to sustain...More of a short yardage route runner, as he needs to refine his cuts and does a poor job of using his body to keep the defenders away from the ball (needs to secure the pigskin better before heading upfield)...Shows good hand placement, but still lets the defender get into his chest too quickly to redirect him.
Emerging talent who came into his own as a junior after seeing limited action during his first two years with the Bears...Finished his career with 52 receptions for 1001 yards (19.3 avg) and eleven touchdowns while appearing in 30 games.
All-American Dream Team and All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...Started nine games, finishing second on the team with 25 catches for 510 yards (20.4 avg) and five touchdowns.
Gardner-Webb...Opened the season with 24 yards on a pair of grabs.
Towson State...Snared 5 passes for a season-high 115 yards and a 41-yard score while also catching a two-point conversion.
Florida A&M...Had a 73-yard touchdown grab, finishing with 113 yards on 4 receptions.
Monmouth...Followed with a two-point conversion pass, a 16-yard scoring reception and 2 catches for 23 yards.
North Carolina A&T...Set up a scoring drive with a diving catch for a 75-yard gain.
Delaware State...Followed with 3 catches for 55 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown and also had a two-point conversion snatch.
Morris Brown...Amassed 62 yards on 5 receptions.
South Carolina State...Had a 29-yard catch.
Hampton...Closed out his career with a pair of grabs for 14 yards and a 7-yard score.
Earned All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference honors...Took over starting duties at tight end, coming up with 24 receptions for 413 yards (17.2 avg) and five touchdowns.
Florida A&M...In his first career start, he gained 74 yards on a pair of catches.
Howard...Snared 4 passes for 42 yards and a score.
Towson State...Followed with a 15-yard grab.
North Carolina A&T...Gained a career-high 120 yards on 5 receptions, including a 51-yard score.
Savannah State...Added an 8-yard scoring catch.
Morris Brown...Had a 22-yard touchdown reception.
Norfolk State...Made a pair of catches for 33 yards.
Hampton...Closed out the season with 4 receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Appeared in eight games as a reserve tight end...His only reception was good for a 23-yard touchdown in the South Carolina State clash.
Saw action in three games, catching a pair of passes for 55 yards (27.5
Redshirted as a freshman.
Trainer did not supply an injury report.
Campus Agility Tests
4.73 in the 40-yard dash...Bench presses 225 pounds 25 times...Squats 315 pounds 42 times...330-pound power clean...38-inch vertical jump...33-inch arm length...10 1/4-inch hands...Right-handed...22/31 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
Attended Blair (Laurel, Md.) High...All-County performer for the Blazers, competing at wide receiver, quarterback and tight end under head coach James Short...Member of the Science Club.
Information Technology major...Nicknamed "Shank"...Volunteered as a summer camp counselor the last three summers...Born 6/18/80...Resides in Laurel, Maryland.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/G GM/AVG
Drafted: Pick 29 of the 3rd round by Tennessee
Positives: Well-built athlete with an outstanding size/speed package... Flashes quick moves off the snap and is very effective scanning the field when taking a pitch-out... Shows determination and power running between the tackles...Has a compact build and a strong lower frame that allows him to run through arm tackles...Shows strength breaking into the secondary...Takes proper angles trying to accelerate past the line...Has good veer and weave running with the ball...Protects the ball securely and displays solid route-running skills with proper hand extension going for the screen passes...Very quick and decisive getting to off-target throws...Stands his ground firmly as a blocker picking up the blitz, facing up to deliver a forceful hand punch.
Negatives: Has had problems overcoming minor injuries...More comfortable in the short passing game, as he tends to look sloppy coming out of his breaks on deep routes...Needs to do a better job of being aware when the opponent is blitzing, in order to lend support as a blocker...Looks to make the "home run" plays too often, developing a reliance on that factor.
Record-shattering performer who found a home with the Buffaloes the last two years... Originally signed with Northwestern when Colorado's Gary Barnett was still coaching there, transferring to Fort Scott College in 2000 before moving on to join his coach at Colorado...In just two seasons at Boulder, he carried 493 times for 2787 yards (5.7 avg) and 35 touchdowns...Only Eric Bieniemy (3940, 1987-90) ran for more yards in school history...His 35 scores are topped only by Bieniemy's 41 on Colorado's all-time record list.
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report (named National Offensive Player of the Year by that publication) and American Football Coaches Association, adding second-team honors from the Associated Press, College Football News and The Sporting News...Unanimous All-Big Twelve Conference first-team pick...Named Big Twelve Offensive Player of the Year by the conference's coaches...Semi-finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award...Runner-up for the Doak Walker Award (won by Penn State'' Larry Johnson), given to the premier running back in the nation...Recipient of the Fred Casotti Award (team's outstanding offensive back), in addition to being named Colorado Collegiate Athlete of the Year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame...Earned Big Twelve Player of the Week honors vs. Kansas and UCLA...Led the conference and ranked third in the nation with 303 carries for 1841 yards (6.1 avg) and 19 touchdowns...His 303 rushes broke the old school season-record of 298 by Rashaan Salaam in 1994...His 1841 yards rank behind Salaam (2055 in 1994) on the Buffs' season-record chart, while only Salaam (24 in 1994) scored more touchdowns in a season at Colorado...Added 40 yards on five receptions (8.0 avg)...Ran for over 100 yards in nine of twelve contests.
Colorado State...Gained 94 yards on 21 attempts with a 1-yard score and had an 11-yard catch.
San Diego State...Rushed 29 times for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 38-yarder.
Southern California...Collected 44 yards on 14 tries.
UCLA...Bounced back from his only 2002 sub-par performance to total 188 yards on 26 chances with 19, 7 & 8-yard scores...Also had a 6-yard catch.
Kansas State...Facing one of the nation's toughest defenses, he amassed 167 yards on 26 tries with 1 & 85-yard touchdowns...His 85-yarder was the fourth-longest run from scrimmage in school history.
Kansas...Earned National Player of the Week honors from Rivals.com as he exploded for 309 yards on 25 carries, including 78 & 51-yard scores and made 2 catches for 20 yards... Joined Rashaan Salaam (317 vs. Texas, 1994) and Charlie Davis (342 vs. Oklahoma State, 1971) as the only players in school annals to rush for over 300 yards in a game.
Baylor...Followed with 23 attempts for 167 yards and touchdowns of 1, 55 & 4 yards.
Texas Tech...Continued his torrid pace, carrying 26 times for 149 yards and a 3-yard score.
Oklahoma...Gained 103 yards on 25 attempts.
Missouri...Carried 35 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns, including a 15-yarder.
Iowa State...Totaled 127 yards with a 5-yard score on 25 chances before leaving the game before half time with a severely bruised sternum.
Nebraska and Oklahoma (Big Twelve Conference Championship)...Did not play (sternum).
Wisconsin (Alamo Bowl)...Closed out his career with 28 runs for 97 yards and a 4-yard touchdown.
Associated Press All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention...Played in every game, starting the first eight contests at fullback...Led the team with 190 carries for 946 yards (5.0 avg) and 16 touchdowns (scores rank seventh on the school's season-record list)... Made six catches for 36 yards (6.0 avg)...Ran for over 100 yards in five games.
Fresno State...Began his Colorado career with 15 runs for 47 yards and 2 catches for 15 yards.
Colorado State...Went over 100 yards for the first time as a Buffalo, totaling 121 yards on 21 tries with a pair of touchdowns.
San Jose State...Rushed 16 times for 70 yards and 3 scores.
Kansas...Gained 140 yards on 22 attempts with touchdowns of 7 & 40 yards.
Kansas State...Followed with 33 carries for 114 yards.
Nebraska...After seeing limited action for the last four games due to an ankle sprain suffered in the Texas A&M clash (14 runs for 40 yards), he collected 198 yards on 24 attempts with 6 touchdowns...His 36 points scored broke one of the school's oldest game records, topping the previous mark of 27 points (four touchdowns, three extra points) by Byron "Whizzer" White vs. Colorado School of Mines in 1937...Gained ten or more yards on nine carries vs. the Huskers.
Texas (Big Twelve Championship)...Rushed 33 times for 182 yards and touchdowns of 10, 1 & 11 yards in a 39-37 decision.
Oregon (Fiesta Bowl)...Ran for 30 yards on 9 attempts.
NJCAA All-American honorable mention and All-Jayhawk Conference first-team selection at Fort Scott (Kan.) Junior College...Ranked fifth in the nation with 185 carries for 1284 yards (6.9 avg) and 13 touchdowns.
Highland...Carried 21 times for 296 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Coffeyville...Added 214 yards and a pair of scores on 32 attempts.
Independence...Rushed 12 times for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Redshirted as a freshman at Northwestern University.
Suffered a high ankle sprain vs. Texas A&M in 2001, seeing limited action in the next four games...Did not play vs. Nebraska and Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship) in 2002 after severely bruising his sternum in the second quarter vs. Iowa State.
Campus Agility Tests
4.46 in the 40-yard dash...370-pound bench press...35-inch vertical jump.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
32 9 1/2 25
Attended Naperville (Ill.) North High...As a senior, he garnered Prep Football Report and Super Prep All-American honors, first-team All-State and Daily Herald first-team All-Area accolades...The Naperville Sun named him the area's Player of the Year, as he rushed for 1250 yards and 15 touchdowns on offense, while recording 45 tackles playing outside linebacker on defense...As a junior, he rushed for 1050 yards and 15 touchdowns, and added another four scores receiving...His top games include a 235-yard, two touchdown game in a 21-14 win over West Aurora his junior year, and in a 41-38 win over Naperville Central his senior year, he caught a "Hail Mary' pass as time expired...Naperville North was 10-3 his senior year, reaching the state semifinals, and was 9-3 his junior year, a state quarterfinalist, under coach Larry McKeon...Also lettered in basketball and track...Had career bests of 10.9 in the 100-meter run and 13.9 in the 110-meter hurdles.
Economics major...Older brother, Levelle, played fullback at Northwestern (1995-98) for coach Gary Barnett...Born 4/17/81 in Winfield, Illinois...Resides in Naperville, Illinois.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG GM/AVG
2000 10 10 185 1284 6.9 13 61 128.40
2001 12 08 190 946 5.0 16 40 78.83
2002 12 12 303 1841 6.1 19 85 153.42
TOTAL 34 30 678 4071 6.0 48 85 119.74
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