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LaTarence Dunbar


Height: 5-11

Weight: 196

Position: WR

College: Texas Christian

Drafted: Pick 23 of the 6th round by Atlanta
Analysis
Positives: Hard worker who has a small, but well-defined body with above average stop-&-go action...Flashes quickness off the line, maintaining balance and body control in and out of his breaks...Plays at a low pad level that allows him to uncover from defenders in the open...Extends his arms and snatches the ball with his hands...Excels at working back to the ball, showing fearlessness going up for the pass in traffic...Exciting game-breaker on returns, moving effortlessly past defenders...Displays good acceleration to avoid the initial tackler and does a good job of tracking the ball in flight...Has the leg drive needed to break tackles near the line and despite his size, shows power, determination and a solid hand punch to disengage from the press coverage...Effective on crossing patterns and shows flexibility in his adjustments turning on the ball...Gives a good blocking effort upfield in run support...One of the more versatile players around, and can also be an effective nickel back, with considerable experience at the opposite side of the ball.
Negatives: While tough over the middle, he tends to "short arm" (keeps his hands near his body) working for the ball in traffic...His slight frame could be a problem vs. the more physical pro cornerbacks...Shows effective moves to separate from the press coverage, but his lack of size causes him to get redirected at times coming off the snap...Does not have natural hands, tending to absorb the ball into his body, but will give total effort to combat for the ball in traffic...Needs to secure the ball better before turning upfield, as he's had fumble issues in the past.
Career Notes
A special talent who was one of the most versatile players in college football...A solid possession-type receiver with good return skills, he also proved to be a dangerous threat on reverses and an effective defender at the free safety position...An outstanding contributor on special teams, he is regarded as having average hands, but makes big plays in game situations...The nation's kickoff return champion in 2000, he finished his career with 109 receptions for 1544 yards (14.2 avg) and 13 touchdowns, adding 235 yards and three scores on 41 carries (5.7 avg), 1513 yards and three touchdowns on 61 kickoff returns (24.8 avg), 34 tackles (25 solos) with three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt that he returned 10 yards for a score, as he amassed 3302 all-purpose yards...His 109 catches rank ninth on the school's career-record list, while his 1544 yards receiving rank eighth...His 61 kickoff returns for 1513 yards broke the old Horned Frogs career-records of 59 attempts for 1276 yards by Toby Morey (1989-91) and his three kick offs for scores established a school all-time record.
2002 Season

All-Conference USA first-team selection as an all-purpose back by The NFL Draft Report... Lined up at the "X" receiver position, finishing second on the team with 31 receptions for 449 yards (14.5 avg) and four touchdowns...Carried 18 times for 121 yards (6.7 avg) and a score...Returned 18 kickoffs for 501 yards (27.8 avg) and a touchdown...Only Allen Hooker (557 in 1975), Toby Morey (615 in 1990) and his 2000 total of 506 yards, gained more yards on kickoff returns in a season for the Horned Frogs...Also recorded a career-high 18 tackles (14 solos) with two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.


Cincinnati...Made 2 solo tackles, recovered a fumble, caught 5 passes for 76 yards, gained 6 yards on a reverse and returned 2 kickoffs for 33 yards.
Northwestern...Carried 5 times for 37 yards and a 6-yard score, made 2 catches for 76 yards and had a 21-yard kickoff return.
Southern Methodist...Collected 111 yards on 4 catches with 28 & 64-yard scores and made a solo tackle.
Houston...Named Conference USA Player oif the Week as he returned 3 kickoffs for 139 yards, including a 96-yard touchdown, posted a pair of tackles with a forced fumble and had 2 catches for 18 yards...His 96-yarder was the seventh-longest kickoff return in school history.
Louisville...Scored on a 17-yard reception, returned 3 kickoffs for 44 yards and delivered 3 solo tackles.
Tulane...Rushed twice for 49 yards, gained 24 yards on 2 catches, returned a kickoff 18 yards and collected 3 tackles (2 solos).
East Carolina...Registered 2 solo tackles, had an 18-yard catch and 2 kickoff returns for 43 yards before leaving the game after being poked in the eye.
Memphis...Did not play (eye).
Colorado State (Liberty Bowl)...Closed out his career with 6 catches for 71 yards and a 15-yard touchdown and posted a pair of tackles.
2001 Season

Started all year at the "H' (left inside slot) receiver position...Second on the team with 41 catches for 529 yards (12.9 avg) and three touchdowns...Carried 13 times for 49 yards (3.8 avg) and a pair of scores...Returned 25 kickoffs for 456 yards (18.2 avg)...Led the team with an average of 94.0 all-purpose yards per game...Recorded 10 tackles (6 solos) and caused a fumble.


Southern Methodist...Ran for a 2-yard score and made a solo tackle.
Northwestern State (La.)...Snatched 5 passes for 112 yards with touchdowns of 36 & 34 yards and returned 3 kickoffs for 69 yards.
Houston...Added a pair of tackles and ran for a 2-yard score.
Tulane...Fumbled the ball, but made up for the miscue with 4 catches for 43 yards and 7 kickoff returns for 151 yards.
Army...Caught 5 passes for 59 yards.
East Carolina...Had 10 receptions for 136 yards and a 6-yard touchdown, 5 kickoff returns for 61 yards and 3 tackles (2 solos).
Alabama-Birmingham...Returned 6 kickoffs for 106 yards and gained 66 yards on 4 catches, but turned the ball over twice on fumbles.
Texas A&M (Galleryfurniture.com Bowl)...Caught 4 passes for 36 yards, returned 3 kickoffs for 89 yards and collected a pair of solo tackles.
2000 Season

Earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors at kickoff returner by Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle and The Sporting News...The nation's top kick returner with an average of 33.7 yards per return...Had 15 returns for 506 yards, including two for touchdowns...Third on the team with 17 receptions for 251 yards (14.8 avg) and four touchdowns...Carried once for an 8-yard gain...Recorded 3 tackles...Started five games at the "Z" receiver position.


Nevada...Started off the year with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Southern Methodist...Despite fielding the ball seven yards deep in the end zone, he elected to return a kickoff, going 100 yards for a score.
San Jose State...Gained 137 yards on 4 kickoff returns and caught 2 passes for 33 yards and a 9-yard touchdown.
Arkansas State...Had 4 receptions for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 74-yarder.
Rice...Made 3 catches for 51 yards and a score.
Southern Mississippi (Mobile Alabama Bowl)...Gained 42 yards on a pair of grabs and 94 yards on 3 kickoff returns.
1999 Season

Lined up as the "Z" receiver, finishing second on the team with 20 catches for 315 yards (15.8 avg) and two touchdowns...Rushed nine times for 57 yards (6.3 avg) and returned a blocked punt 10 yards for a score..Added 50 yards on three kickoff returns (16.7 avg)... Also recorded three solo tackles.


Fresno State...Snared 3 passes for 76 yards.
Northwestern...Had another 3 catches for 43 yards.
Rice...Made 4 grabs for 23 yards.
San JoseState...Had a 22-yard touchdown reception.
East Carolina (Mobile Alabama Bowl)...Caught 2 passes for 16 yards.
1998 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.


Track
Holds the TCU school record in the indoor 60-meter high hurdles (7.88 seconds) and in the outdoor 110-meter high hurdles (13.64 seconds)...Ran on TCU's NCAA qualifying 4x400 meter relay team during the 2000 indoor season...Was the Conference USA 2002 indoor champion in the 60-meter high hurdles (7.99 seconds) and placed second in the outdoor 110-meter high hurdles (14.01)...Won the 110m hurdles at the 1999 WAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships...Posted the two best performances by a 110m hurdler in TCU history at the WAC meet, setting a school record with a 14.01 in the preliminaries before obliterating that mark with a 13.82 in the final...A key factor in TCU's victory in the 4x400 relay, running the third leg to give TCU a lead it never lost in 1998.
Injury Report
Missed the 2002 Memphis game after suffering an eye injury in the East Carolina clash.
Campus Agility Tests
4.54 in the 40-yard dash...One of the strongest Frogs at his position...Owns a 610-pound squat and a 410-pound power clean...37-inch vertical jump.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE

30 9 16 4.54 2.7 1.64 34 10'2" 4.35 7.41


High School
Attended South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Tex.) High...Rushed for 1412 yards and 13 touchdowns in 1997...Added another five scores on punt returns...First-team All-District 11-4A and a Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 choice...Accounted for 912 all-purpose yards and four scores as a quarterback in his junior year...Recognized as one of the nation's top high school sprinters...Won the Texas State Championship in the 300-meter hurdles...Had aseason-best of 36.43, which ranked fourth in the U.S. high school ranks...Qualified for the state meet in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 4x400 meter relay.
Personal
Psychology major...Son of Veressa Madison...Born LaTarence Eugene Dunbar on 8/15/80...Resides in Dallas, Texas.
RECEIVING STATISTICS
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG

1999 11 00 20 315 15.8 2 40 1.82 28.64

2000 11 05 17 251 14.8 4 74 1.55 22.82

2001 11 11 41 529 12.9 3 36 3.73 48.09

2002 11 11 31 449 14.5 4 66 2.58 40.82

TOTAL 44 27 109 1544 14.2 13 74 2.42 35.09


RUSHING STATISTICS KICKOFF RETURNS

YEAR NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG

1999 9 57 6.3 0 13 3 50 16.7 0 29

2000 1 8 8.0 0 8 15 506 33.7 2 100

2001 13 49 3.8 2 18 25 456 18.2 0 40

2002 18 121 6.7 1 38 18 501 27.8 1 96

TOTAL 41 235 5.7 3 38 61 1513 24.8 3 100
PUNT RETURNS
YEAR NO YARDS AVG TD LONG

1999 1 10 10.0 1 10


DEFENSIVE TACKLES
YEAR TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK BK

1999 3 3 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0.0-0 1

2000 3 1 2 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0.0-0 0

2001 10 6 4 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0.0-0 0

2002 18 14 4 1 2 0-0 0-0 0 0.0-0 0

TOTAL 34 24 10 1 3 0-0 0-0 0 0.0-0 1


ALL-PURPOSE YARDAGE
YEAR GM PLAYS CATCH RUSH K/RET P/RET YARDS TDR P/AVG GM/AVG

1999 11 33 315 57 50 10 432 2 13.09 39.27

2000 11 33 251 8 506 0 765 6 23.18 69.55

2001 11 79 529 49 456 0 1034 5 13.09 94.00

2002 11 67 449 121 501 0 1071 6 15.99 97.36

TOTAL 44 212 1544 235 1513 10 3302 19 15.58 75.05



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