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Taco Wallace


Height: 6-0

Weight: 196

Position: WR

College: Kansas State

Drafted: Pick 10 of the 7th round by Seattle
Analysis
Positives: Team-oriented player with explosiveness in and out of his routes...Runs precise patterns and maintains his speed into his breaks...Looks smooth when turning to adjust to the ball in flight...Has a great feel for the sidelines and easily finds the open area in the zone...Despite his slight frame, shows tenacity going for the ball in traffic...Has the body control and flexibility to turn and adjust to the poorly thrown pass...Aggressive upfield blocker who shows determined intent to stay with his assignment.
Negatives: Like a locomotive coming off the snap (takes time to get in gear before he builds up speed)...Does not use his hands well to get a push off the defender releasing from the line...For his size, he should not be pushed around upfield as much as he has by defensive backs...Lacks a sharp change of direction, showing better running ability straight-ahead...Fails to recognize coverages at times, and does not create separation after the catch in tight quarters...Cradles the ball somewhat when hauling it in...While he's an effective cut blocker, he will not face up and stalk the defender with force...Not injury-prone, but also lingers with minor injuries too long.
Career Notes
Late bloomer who took over the starring role in the receiving unit as a senior...Began his collegiate career at Mount San Antonio (Cal.) College...Caught 41 passes for 721 yards (17.6 avg) and five touchdowns in fourteen games at KSU.
2002 Season

Third-team All-Big Twelve Conference selection...Led the team with 39 receptions for 704 yards (18.1 avg) and five touchdowns.


Western Kentucky...Opened the season with 3 catches for 62 yards.
Louisiana-Monroe...Scored his first touchdown as a Wildcat on a 58-yard grab.
Southern California...Snatched 5 passes for 81 yards.
Oklahoma State...Gained 101 yards on 4 catches with a 36-yard score.
Baylor...Made 5 catches for 47 yards.
Kansas...Had 3 receptions for 68 yards.
Iowa State...Totaled 57 yards on 7 grabs.
Missouri...Followed with 3 catches for 76 yards and touchdowns of 23 & 46 yards.
Arizona State (Holiday Bowl)...Closed out his career with a 41-yard reception.
2001 Season

Played in one game...Saw action as a reserve wide receiver vs. Texas A&M, catching two passes for 17 yards.


JUNIOR COLLEGE
Attended Mount San Antonio (Cal.) College from 1999-2000...Ranked among top 50 junior-college prospects in nation by Super Prep magazine...Honorable mention All-American... First team All-Mission Conference...Had 49 catches for 1,072 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 21.9 yards per catch...Had seven catches for 238 yards in Southwestern Bowl... Started for two seasons...Member of the school's All-America 4x100 relay team that won Calif. state JC title...Junior college coach was Bill Fisk.
Injury Report
None reported.
Campus Agility Tests
4.68 in the 40-yard dash...7/22 Wonderlic score.
High School
Attended Taft (Canoga Park, Cal.) High...First team all-league player...Team MVP in 1998... Earned All-San Fernando Valley honors...Finished with 80 receptions in 10 games his senior year... Had five touchdowns in a game against El Camino HS...Lists among greatest sports thrills his team's win over Banning HS for L.A. City Championship...Started for three seasons...Coach was Troy Starr...Earned two letters in track and field and was a member of a 4x400 relay team that earned All-America status.
Personal
Architecture major...Son of Lanay Harrison and Jerry Haywood...Born 4/14/81 in Harbor City, California...Resides in Canoga Park, California.
RECEIVING STATISTICS

YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG

2001 1 0 2 17 8.5 0 11 1.00 17.00

2002 13 12 39 704 18.1 5 58 3.00 54.15

TOTAL 14 12 41 721 17.6 5 58 2.93 51.50

Walter Young


Height: 6-6

Weight: 214

Position: WR

College: Illinois

Drafted: Pick 12 of the 7th round by Carolina
Analysis
Positives: Has a very long frame with well-defined lower body muscles...Excellent athlete who also competed on the Illini's basketball team...Has a good release for a player of his size, showing quickness off the snap and a sharp open field burst...Long strider who can gain ground and separate in space...Opens his hips properly and shows good wiggle to elude after the catch...Shows very good ball concentration, making the tough catches look easy with his body control...Looks natural adjusting to the ball and does a nice job of using his body to shield the pigskin from the defender...Extends, plucks and snatches away from the body's framework...Has the strong leg drive and instant acceleration needed to break arm tackles...Willing blocker with the power to sustain blocks...Threat to catch the ball on fades and post patterns, thanks to his size...Keeps his feet inbounds when attempting to make the catch near the sidelines...Has a huge wingspan and very large hands.
Negatives: Cam separate in space, but gathers himself a bit when trying to go deep (better on underneath routes)...Glides in and out of his breaks and needs to show better crisp route running agility...Needs to learn how to drop his weight better when cutting... More quick than faster, lacking that sudden burst to beat tight man coverage...Despite his natural hands, will still let the ball absorb into his body...Has good hip swerve, but fails to elude after the catch, relying on his power to break tackles (will not run past defenders going deep).
Career Notes
The first athlete to compete on Illinois' basketball and football teams in the same season since 1973, Walter proved to be the clutch receiver that was the perfect compliment to deep threat, Brandon Lloyd...Orginally recruited as a quarterback, he moved into the starting lineup at split end midway through his sophomore campaign...Ranks fifth on the school's career-record list with 147 receptions, third with 2382 yards (16.2 avg) and tied for third with 15 touchdown grabs.
2002 Season

All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention by the league's coaches...Lined up at split end, finishing second on the team with 56 receptions for 822 yards (14.7 avg) and six touch-downs.


Arkansas State...Made a pair of catches for 33 yards and an 18-yard score.
San Jose State...Snared 8 passes for 153 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown.
Michigan...Totaled 78 yards on 3 grabs with a 5-yard score and also had a two-point conversion catch.
Minnesota...Capped off his 16-yard touchdown with a two-point conversion and gained 30 yards on 3 catches.
Penn State...Grabbed 6 passes for 66 yards.
Wisconsin...Followed with 9 receptions for 114 yards and a 22-yard touchdown.
Ohio State...Hauled in a season-high 10 passes for 144 yards and a 19-yard score.
Northwestern...Closed out his career with 80 yards on 6 catchres.
2001 Season

Started every game, except vs. Minnesota at split end...Ranked second on the squad with 50 catches for 890 yards (17.8 avg) and eight touchdowns.


Northern Illinois...Scored on a 13-yard grab.
Louisville...Followed with 4 catches for 90 yards and a 38-yard touchdown.
Purdue...Added 98 yards on 5 receptions, including a 20-yard score.
Ohio State...Hauled in 7 passes for 133 yards and a 37-yard touchdown.
Northwestern...Totaled 123 yards with a 33-yard score on 7 catches.
Louisiana State (Sugar Bowl)...Caught 6 passes for 178 yards with touchdowns of 17 & 40 yards, despite playing with a left knee bruise.
2000 Season

Played in every game, starting seven contests at split end...Finished with 27 catches for 403 yards (14.9 avg).


Middle Tennessee...Started the season with 79 yards on 5 catches.
San Diego State...Had 7 receptions for 57 yards.
Iowa...Gained 41 yards on 2 grabs before leaving the game with a left knee medial collateral ligament strain.
Penn State...Came back the following week to snatch 6 passes for 127 yards.
1999 Season

Saw action as a reserve split end and quarterback...Gained 267 yards on 14 receptions (19.1 avg), scoring his first career touchdown on a31-yard grab vs. Michigan...Added a 31-yard catch vs. Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl.


1998 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.


Basketball
Played in two games for the 2001-02 Illini basketball team, scoring two points vs. Wisconsin...Became the first University of Illinois athlete to play both football and basketball in the same season since 1973.
Injury Report
Suffered a left knee medial collateral ligament strain in the 2000 Iowa game...Bruised his left knee vs. Louisiana State in the 2001-02 Sugar Bowl.
Campus Agility Tests
4.67 in the 40-yard dash...335-pound bench press...365-pound squat...265-pound power clean...36-inch vertical jump...9'6" broad jump...35 3/8-inch arm length...10 5/8-inch hands...Left-handed...24/41 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE

35 10 5/8 23 4.52 2.63 1.58 39 10'1" 4.25 6.9


High School
Attended Rich East (Park Forest, Ill.) High...Played quarterback, completing 108 of 180 passes for 2032 yards and 20 touchdowns with just two interceptions as a senior...Earned All-State honors from the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association, All-Area and All-SICA Orange accolades and a spot in the 1998 Suburban All-Star Game...As a basket-ball player, he was named to the Big Dipper All-Tournament team as a junior and senior... Coached by Bob Lombardi...Earned six varsity letters; three in football and three in basketball...Averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior.
Personal
Leisure Studies/Sports Management major...Cousin, Greg Lewis, is a teammate and wide receiver at Illinois (1999-2002)...Son of Jacquelyn and Walter Young...Born Walter Young, Jr., on 12/07/79 in Chicago Heights, Illinois...Resides in Park Forest, Illinois.
RECEIVING STATISTICS
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG

1999 12 00 14 267 19.1 1 46 1.17 22.25

2000 11 11 27 403 14.9 0 57 2.45 36.64

2001 12 11 50 890 17.8 8 61 4.17 74.17

2002 12 12 56 822 14.7 6 51 4.67 68.50

TOTAL 47 34 147 2382 16.2 15 61 3.13 50.68



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