Drafted: Pick 22 of the 7th round by Detroit
Positives: Shows good quickness out of his stance, getting into the holes smoothly and easily...Can accelerate to the block point and shows decent balance and body control working through traffic...Straight-line runner who lowers his pads and drives with his legs to break arm tackles...Shows good hands and is effective on dump-offs, curls and flats... Runs precise routes and shows good awareness working the zone...Will square up and collision defenders, lowering his shoulder to occupy the rush lanes and sustain...Keeps his feet and takes good angles with his blocks.
Negatives: Has marginal change of direction agility and lateral movement...Does not show explosion in his initial moves...Poor outside runner with limited hip swerve and wiggle...Lacks separation skills running pass routes...Does not have the agility to make adjustment blocks on the move...Despite his power, he rarely runs over defenders...More of a position blocker than one who will make hits working in space...Inconsistent with his anchor vs. the power moves.
Two-year starter who provided crunching blocks for tailback Chris Brown's record-shattering performance in 2002...A solid receiver in the short area, he excels in his ability to create huge rush lanes for the Buffaloes' ground attack...Finished his career with 161 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries (7.0 avg) and 39 receptions for 318 yards (8.2 avg) in 46 games.
Recipient of the team's Victory Club and Tom McMahon Award (dedication and work ethic) while also earning All-Big Twelve Conference honourable mention...Started every game, except vs. San Diego State...Carried 11 times for 128 yards (11.6 avg) and four touch- downs...Caught 20 passes for 161 yards (8.1 avg)...Registered 64 knockdown blocks.
UCLA...Ran twice for 10 yards, caught 2 passes for 13 yards and cleared a rush lane used by Chris Brown for a 19-yard touchdown run.
Kansas State...Snared 3 passes for 22 yards.
Kansas...Carried twice for 30 yards and a 21-yard score, adding 21 yards on a catch.
Baylor...Went over the top for a 1-yard touchdown that he set up with a 13-yard reception.
Missouri...Had 3 receptions for 21 yards and led the way on a 15-yard scoring scamper by Brown.
Nebraska...Led the team to a 28-13 victory by scoring the final two touchdowns on runs of 1 & 16 yards, finishing with 4 carries for 33 yards and 2 catches for 14 yards.
Oklahoma (Big Twelve Championship)...Had a career-long 44-yard run.
Wisconsin (Alamo Bowl)...Closed out his career with a pair of catches for 16 yards.
Started every game, carrying seven times for 19 yards (2.7 avg)...Had 14 receptions for 102 yards (7.3 avg) and registered 74 knockdown blocks.
Preseason...Had a busy month of February, undergoing shoulder surgery on the 7th and hernia surgery on the 20th.
Colorado State...Picked up 10 yards on 4 runs and cleared a rush lane used by Bobby Purifoy for a 13-yard touchdown run.
Iowa State...Grabbed 2 passes for 34 yards.
Nebraska...Made three touchdown-resulting blocks, including a crunching hit on rush end Chris Kelsay as Chris Brown turned the corner for a 36-yard scoring scamper.
Texas (Big Twelve Championship)...His cut block on defensive end Cory Redding allowed Brown to score on an 11-yard run in a 39-37 decision.
Oregon (Fiesta Bowl)...Scored his first career touchdown by going over the top for a 1-yard score.
Played in every game as a reserve fullback and on special teams...Carried three times for 6 yards (2.0 avg) and had a 13-yard reception...Made 13 knockdown blocks.
Saw action in nine games, starting vs. Colorado State and San Jose State...Gained 8 yards on two carries and 42 yards on four catches (10.5 avg).
Redshirted as a freshman.
Underwent shoulder and hernia surgery in February, 2001.
Campus Agility Tests
4.75 in the 40-yard dash...385-pound bench press...31-inch vertical jump...30 1/4-inch arm length...9-inch hands...Right-handed...20/35 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
Attended Service (Anchorage, Alaska) High...As a senior, he earned Prep Star All-American honors, as he was listed as the No. 5 "athlete" in the western region...USA Today selected him as an honorable mention All-American pick and designated him as its player-of-the-year in Alaska (he was also the Gatorade player-of-the-year in the state)... Super Prep tabbed him as an All-Far West selection, as he was the No. 12 player overall on its Northwest team, and the first running back....First-team All-State and All-Conference performer at both fullback and kick returner, and was the state's and league's choice for offensive and overall player-of-the-year...The Tacoma News-Tribune placed him on its prestigious "Western 100" team, and designated him as a "Northwest Nugget"...Prep Football Report selected him as a preseason All-American, and the National Recruiting Advisor selected him on its All-West team...All-State at both fullback and free safety his junior year...As a senior, he rushed 226 times for 2273 yards (a healthy 10.1 yards per carry) and 36 touchdowns, as he set state records for yards and touchdowns...Added those marks to several he set in Alaska as a junior: single-game rushing yards (368), single-game touchdowns (9), longest rush (99 yards) and season interceptions (9; playing free safety). He rushed for 1,647 yards on 182 carries as a junior, scoring 32 touchdowns... Had 12 receptions for 145 yards and two scores as a senior, with 20 grabs for 368 yards and five touchdowns as a junior...Also returned three kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior (averaging just under 35 yards per return), when he also converted on five two-point conversion runs, and averaged 30.1 yards on nine kickoff returns as a junior...Had 24 career interceptions, as he had seven as a sophomore and eight as a freshman (which led the state)...Top games included a 273-yard, 4-TD effort in the state championship game his senior year, when Service beat Chugiak, 47-14, and a 368-yard, nine touchdown game against Juneau as a junior...As a senior, he had 284 and 273 yards in two games against Eagle River, the second best team in the state...Service was 11-0 his senior year, winning the state championship, and was 8-2 his junior year, 8-3 his sophomore season and 9-1 as a frosh under coach Byron Wilson...Also lettered three times in track (sprints and relays), as he was a member of the state runner-up 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams as a junior... Honor Roll student, graduating with a 3.0 grade point average.
Sociology major...Considered to be the most heavily recruited player in Alaska history, and on Sports Illustrated's list of the top 50 greatest sports figures of the 20th century, he was listed as No. 17 for the state of Alaska...Born 7/05/79 in Olympia, Washington...Resides in Anchorage, Alaska.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG KD
1999 09 02 2 8 4.0 0 9
2000 11 00 3 6 2.0 0 5 13
2001 12 12 7 19 2.7 0 11 74
2002 14 13 11 128 11.6 4 44 64
TOTAL 46 27 23 161 7.0 4 44 169
NOTE: KD indicates knockdown blocks.
YEAR NO YARDS AVG TD LONG