College: Virginia Tech
Drafted: Pick 18 of the 4th round by Cleveland
Positives: Well-built athlete with a highly chiseled frame, big thighs, muscular legs and good bubble...Explosive coming out of the blocks, showing a sudden burst through the crease...Can change gears instantly and has excellent change-of-direction agility and body control...Bounces outside with suddenness and has the vision needed to pick and slide through the holes...Can cut back and bounce to the outside with ease...Adequate cut blocker who will deliver pop in pass protection...Cradles the ball securely and has that instant burst to make defenders miss working in space...Has a natural, fluid running motion, showing perfect lateral quickness, good vision and the burst to get in and out of the holes...While he has the speed to turn the corner, he also can lower his pads, square his shoulders and drive with his legs to gain yards through traffic (very good arm tackle breaker)...Good special teams player who can get downfield to use his power and speed to break up the wedge.
Negatives: History of knee problems is a concern...Not used much in the passing game, as he tends to round his cuts and has been relegated to simple screens and flats...Even with his speed and burst, he is not really that elusive, appearing more comfortable running between tackles than bouncing to the outside...Seemed to run out of gas at the end of the 2002 season.
Returned to action with a flourish in 2002 after missing all but one game of the 2001 season with a knee injury...Recaptured the form that earned him All-American honors in 2000 when he led the NCAA Division I-A ranks in scoring...Worked extremely hard during his rehab from the injury, returning for the off-season program and earned Super Iron Hokie honors...Finished his career with 535 carries for 2767 yards (5.2 avg) and 53 touch- downs, adding 171 yards and three scores on 15 receptions (11.4 avg) in 35 games...Only Maurice Williams (2981, 1983-86), Roscoe Coles (3459, 1974-77) and Cyrus Lawrence (3767, 1979-82) gained more yards rushing in school annals...His 53 touchdowns on the ground set Big East Conference and Tech career-records while his 56 overall scores set other school and Big East all-time marks.
All-American third-team choice and earned Comeback Player of the Yearhonors from The NFL Draft Report...All-Big East Conference second-team choice...All-State first-team pick...Shared tailback duties with Kevin Jones, starting every game as he led the team with 257 carries for 1325 yards (5.2 avg) and 22 touch- downs...His 22 scores rank second on the school's season-record list behind his 2000 total of 27...Only Cyrus Lawrence (1403 in 1981) gained more yards rushing in a season for the Hokies...Joined Lawrence (1403 in 1981, 1221 in 1980) and Roscoe Coles (1119 in 1976 and 1045 in 1975) as the only players in school history to rush for over 1000 yards twice in a career...Caught 11 passes for 126 yards (11.5 avg) and a pair of scores...Had five kickoff returns for 132 yards (26.4 avg) and averaged 113.1 all-purpose yards per game...Led the team in scoring with 144 points, the second-best season total in school history, topped only by his own 168 points in 2000.
Arkansas State...Returned to the gridiron with 87 yards and a 32-yard score on 7 runs.
Louisiana State...Totaled 91 yards on 22 chances with 2 & 6-yard touchdowns.
Marshall...Added a pair of 1-yard scores as he rushed 24 times for 153 yards.
Texas A&M...Scored the game's only touchdown on a 1-yard plunge and picked up 51 yards on 13 tries in a 13-3 victory.
Western Michigan...Had a 28-yard touchdown catch and a 5-yard scoring scamper.
Boston College...Rushed 26 times for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Rutgers...Had 21 runs for 197 yards, including 3 & 42-yard scores.
Pittsburgh...Collected 128 yards on 25 attempts with 1 & 59-yard touchdowns.
Syracuse...Scored on a 15-yard reception.
Virginia...Carried 19 times for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Miami...Added 1, 4 & 9-yard scores on 15 attempts for 55 yards.
Air Force (San Francisco Bowl)...Closed out his career with 1 & 16-yard touchdowns as he rushed for 70 yards on 19 tries.
Suffered a left knee torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus during the third quarter of Tech's season opener vs. Connecticut, undergoing surgery two weeks later (9/14) and was lost for the rest of the year...Had rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries (8.2 avg) up to that point.
All-American second-team pick by The NFL Draft Report, adding third-team honors from the Associated Press...All-Big East Conference first-team selection and Offensive Player of the Year...Received all 15 first-place votes in winning the Dudley Award as Virginia's best college football player...Shattered Tech's single-season records for rushing touch-downs, total touchdowns and scoring...Set six Big East Conference records, including single-season records for rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns and points...Set Big East single-game marks for rushing touchdowns (5), total touchdowns (5) and points (30) against Central Florida...Scored at least one touchdown in every regular-season game... His six 100-yard games tied a Tech single-season record...Led the conference in rushing at 109.7 yards per game...Turned in the second-best single-season rushing mark under Coach Frank Beamer (also owns the best in 2002) and the fourth-best in school history with 1207 yards, as he carried the football 222 times (5.4 avg) without a fumble...Saw some action on special teams and blocked a punt against West Virginia...Scored 27 times on the ground and snatched three passes for 44 yards (14.7 avg) and another score...Had 28 total touchdowns as he scored a career-best 168 points.
Preseason...Suffered a right knee sprain (second degree chondromalacia on 4/04) in spring drills, undergoing arthroscopic surgery.
Akron...Opened the season with 90 yards and a pair of scores on 14 attempts.
East Carolina...Rushed 11 times for 122 yards and a56-yard touchdown.
Rutgers...Scored four times on 16 runs for 76 yards...It was the most touchdowns in a game by a Tech player since Tommy Edwards scored four times vs. Pittsburgh in 1993.
Boston College...Gained 145 yards on 22 tries with 24 & 10-yard touchdowns.
Syracuse...Added 91 yards on 21 attempts with scores of 1 & 5 yards.
Pittsburgh...Rushed 28 times for 164 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Miami...Followed with 23 attempts for 121 yards and a pair of scores.
Central Florida...Set a conference game-record as he ran for five touchdowns (one shy of the school record of six by Tommy Francisco vs. Virginia Military Institute in 1966) on 30 carries, good for 143 yards.
Virginia...Totaled 116 yards on 22 runs with 3 & 30-yard touchdowns, adding another score on a 23-yard catch.
Clemson (Gator Bowl)...Carried 20 times for 73 yards with 1, 5 & 3-yard touchdowns.
Played in nine games, carrying 44 times for 136 yards (3.1 avg) and two touchdowns.
Preseason...Suffered a strained right pectoral muscle (pectoralis major) in fall drills.
Alabama-Birmingham...Scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard plunge.
Pittsburgh and West Virginia...Did not play after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery (effusion).
Temple...Gained 34 yards on 9 tries with a 2-yard touchdown.
Redshirted as a freshman.
Suffered a strained right pectoral muscle (pectoralis major) in 1999 fall drills (8/20)...Did not play in the Pittsburgh and West Virginia games after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery (effusion)...Suffered a right knee sprain (second degree chondromalacia on 4/04) in 2000 spring drills, undergoing arthroscopic surgery...Suffered a left knee torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus during the third quarter of Tech's 2001 season opener vs. Connecticut, undergoing surgery two weeks later (9/14) and was lost for the rest of the year.
Campus Agility Tests
4.45 in the 40-yard dash...350-pound bench press...575-pound squat...300-pound power clean...38.5-inch vertical jump...32 1/4-inch arm length...8 7/8-inch hands...Right-handed... 27/43 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
31 9 23
Attended William Fleming (Roanoke, Va.) High...Rushed for 2918 yards and 30 touch-downs as a senior for Coach George Miller...Earned All-American honors from both Super Prep and Prep Star...Ranked the No. 4 player in the state and the No. 19 running back in the nation by Super Prep...An honorable mention choice on the USA Today All-USA team and a first-team Group AAA All-State pick by both the coaches and the Associated Press... Stood fourth on the all-time list of single-season rushers in the state when he graduated... The Northwest Region Player of the Year and the Timesland Offensive Player of the Year... Helped team to the state championship game as a senior...Rushed for 350 yards and three touchdowns in a game against Cave Spring his senior year...Scored five TDs in a win over G.W. of Danville...Finished his career with 5056 yards rushing on 646 carries...Scored 50 career touchdowns...Also excelled in track as a sprinter and jumper...Ran the anchor leg on Fleming's state championship 4x100 relay team...Helped that relay team to a fifth-place finish at the National Scholastic Outdoor Track Championships in Raleigh, North Carolina...Was clocked a 10.4 in the 100-meters and a 6.2in the 55-meter dash.
Residential Property Management major...Son of Juanita and Lee Suggs, Sr...Born Lee Ernest Suggs, Jr., on 8/11/80 in Roanoke, Virginia.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG GM/AVG
1999 09 00 44 136 3.1 2 12 15.11
2000 11 11 222 1207 5.4 27 56 109.73
2001 01 01 12 99 8.2 2 49 99.00
2002 14 14 257 1325 5.2 22 59 94.64
TOTAL 35 26 535 2767 5.2 53 59 79.06
RECEIVING STATISTICS KICKOFF RETURNS
YEAR NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
1999 1 1 1.0 0 1 1 20 20.0 0 20
2000 3 44 14.7 1 23 3 45 15.0 0 26
2002 11 126 11.5 2 30 5 132 26.4 0 37
TOTAL 15 171 11.4 3 30 9 197 21.9 0 37
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