Drafted: Pick 32 of the 3rd round by Oakland
Positives: Well-toned athlete with thick legs and a muscular frame...Has above average quickness and balance through the holes...Explodes through the seams and has that quick sidestep that consistently makes defenders miss...Patiently waits for blocks to develop, using his sharp change-of-direction skills to fluidly turn the corner...Runs at a good pad level, showing powerful leg drive up the middle...Does not shy away from contact running through traffic...Has a forceful stiff-arm to keep defensive backs in check...Runs low to the ground and keeps his shoulders squared...Displays good stop-&-go action and the vision to set his blocks up well....Has very quick feet, shortening his stride and showing superb spin ability...Lowers his shoulders and drives forward with power...Shows smooth pick-&-slide agility, displaying moves to freeze defenders in one-on-one situations.
Negatives: Will hit the line and stop, at times, resulting in lost yardage...Hands are very suspect, thus the reason that he was never involved in the team's passing game...Also needs to be more crisp in his route-running (almost seems as if he's too reluctant to be any way involved in the passing game)...Makes passive attempts as a blocker and over-extends when trying to seal off the blitz...Needs to protect the ball better when running to prevent costly fumbles.
Lost on the depth charts at the University of Michigan, Justin battled similar quality talent with the Trojans, joining Sultan McCullough and Malaefou MacKenzie in giving the Trojans their best running corps in years last season...The son of former television star Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear on Starsky & Hutch), Justin gained 1077 yards with eight touchdowns on 257 carries (4.2 avg) in three years on the gridiron.
All-Pac 10 Conference second-team selection...Recipient of the team's Courage Award...Played in twelve games, starting vs. Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State and UCLA in his only year at Southern California...Caught eight passes for 101 yards (12.6 avg) and returned seven kickoffs for 132 yards (18.9 avg).
Preseason...Underwent right big toe ligament and fusion surgery in March to repair damage caused while at Michigan.
Auburn...Did not play in the season opener...Suffered a right hamstring strain in fall drills and the injury would sideline him vs. the Tigers.
Colorado...Was not scheduled to play, but put himself into the game without the coaches knowing and rushed once for 4 yards.
Kansas State...Added 24 yards on 6 runs.
Oregon State...Totaled 41 yards on 17 chances.
Washington State...Ran for 33 yards on 12 tries.
Washington...Scored his first touchdown as a Trojan on a 13-yard scamper.
Oregon...In his first start for USC, he carried 27 times for 139 yards and a 15-yard score, adding 25 yards on a kickoff return.
Stanford...Followed with 9 rushes for 43 yards and a 7-yard touchdown.
Arizona State...Had 26 attempts for 125 yards, including a 3-yard score, a 22-yard kickoff return and a pair of receptions for 48 yards.
UCLA...Gained 41 yards with a 1-yard touchdown on 16 chances.
Notre Dame...Earned Player of the Game honors as he carried 20 times for 123 yards, made 4 catches for 41 yards and returned a kickoff 26 yards.
Iowa (Orange Bowl)...Closed out his career with 20 attempts for 122 yards, including 4 & 50-yard touchdowns, adding 9 yards on a reception and 33 yards on 2 kickoff returns.
Sat out the year at Southern California under NCAA transfer rules...Worked on the scout team as a tailback...Dislocated his left little finger in practice prior to the California game.
Played in eleven games for the University of Michigan Wolverines...Moved from tailback to free safety for the final seven contests...Recorded 10 tackles (8 solos) with a forced fumble...Carried 18 times for 85 yards (4.7 avg) and returned seven kickoffs for 124 yards (17.7 avg).
Granted a medical redshirt...Spent the year rehabilitating from three surgeries to repair his broken right leg (two titanium rods and 12 screws were implanted in his leg in the first surgery, then hour months later--when the leg wasn't healing properly--doctors were forced to re-break the leg and insert two metal plates, then the third surgery was to fix tendons in his right big toe).
Played in ten games at Michigan...Carried 77 times for 277 yards (3.6 avg) and a touch-down...Returned 16 kickoffs for 311 yards (19.4 avg) and had a 5-yard reception...Also made 3 solo tackles...Suffered a broken right leg in the fourth quarter vs. Wisconsin.
Fractured his tibia and fibula in his right leg vs. Wisconsin in 1998, missing the final two games...Sat out the 1999 season as he spent the year rehabilitating from three surgeries to repair his broken right leg (two titanium rods and 12 screws were implanted in his leg in the first surgery, then hour months later--when the leg wasn't healing properly--doctors were forced to re-break the leg and insert two metal plates, then the third surgery was to fix tendons in his right big toe)...Underwent right big toe fusion surgery to clear out debris from his 1998 accident in 2002 spring drills (3/01)...Suffered a right hamstring strain in 2002 fall drills that would sideline him for theseason opener vs. Auburn.
Campus Agility Tests
4.35 in the 40-yard dash...445-pound bench press...530-pound squat...320-pound power clean...40-inch vertical jump...11'3" broad jump...31 3/4-inch arm length...9 1/2-inch hands... 17/20 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
31 9 3/4 29 4.4 2.54 1.47 27 11"5"
Attended Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Cal.) High...Ran for 6357 yards and 82 touchdowns on 668 carries (9.5 avg), all school records, in his three-year (1995-97) career...As a senior, he was regarded as the nation's top prep running back....Named Parade All-American, USA Today All-USA first team, Super Prep National 50, The Sporting News Top 100, The Sports Page, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, Prep Star All-American, ESPN/National Recruiting Advisor All-American second team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star Western Region Offensive MVP, Prep Star All-Western Region Super 30, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team (unanimous), Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division III Offensive MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Valley MVP, Los Angeles Daily News All-Valley MVP and All-Mission League MVP...In 1997, he rushed for 2818 yards and 35 TDs on a school-record 313 carries (9.0 avg)...In one game, he ran for 404 yards with 6 scores...For the second consecutive year, Notre Dame was the CIF Division III runnerup in 1997...As a junior in 1996, he gained 2970 yards (then the third most in California history) with 38 TDs on 281 carries (10.6 avg) while earning USA Today All-USA honourable mention, Student Sports Junior All-American, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, Cal-Hi Sports Junior All-State first team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division III Offensive Co-MVP, Los Angeles Times All-Valley MVP, Los Angeles Daily News All-Valley MVP and All-Mission League MVP honors... He also caught 22 passes for 284 yards (12.9 avg) with 4 scores in 1996...As a 1995 sophomore fullback, he rushed for 569 yards and 9 TDs on 74 carries (7.7 avg)...Played defensive back all three years at Notre Dame...Also ran track, winning the state 100 meters crown in 1997 (his best in the 100 was 10.47).
Sociology major...Father, Antonio Fargas, is an actor who has appeared in television (including as Huggy Bear on "Starsky and Hutch") and film ("Shaft," "Pretty Baby," "The Gambler" and "Car Wash," among others)...Born 1/25/80...Resides in Encino, California.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG GM/AVG
1998 10 00 77 277 3.6 1 27 25.18
1999 00 00 Did Not Play-Medical Redshirt
2000 11 00 18 85 4.7 0 18 21.25
2001 00 00 Did Not Play-NCAA Transfer Rules
2002 12 04 161 715 4.4 7 50 59.58
TOTAL 33 04 256 1077 4.2 8 50 41.42
NOTE: 2000, Michigan career and complete college career GM/AVG reflects only the four games played on offense (played in eleven total).
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