Drafted: Pick 28 of the 7th round by Pittsburgh
Positives: Tireless worker who has the quickness to gain advantage on defenders coming off the snap as a lead blocker...Has the run vision to avoid contact in the open...runs with excellent body lean and balance...Keeps his pads down low, punishing opponents with his power and leg drive...Gets into his pass patterns quickly, showing the vision to get under-neath and the agility to come back for the off-target tosses...Faces up to defenders with aggression and consistently sustains his blocks...Attacks defenders with no hesitation in his movements...Lowers his head, covers the ball securely and shoves his way into the end zone near in goal line situations...Good lead blocker who is aggressive getting a piece of a linebacker upfield...Rarely puts the ball on the ground, taking pride in his ability to protect the ball...Has a sharp, short burst, but also displays the quickness to accelerate around the corner.
Negatives: Runs with more veer, showing little juking moves...Has a hitch step on his lateral slide...While he is effective on the short passes, he tends to lose sight of the ball on deep routes, having difficulties getting his head properly turned around...There is little wiggle or elusive moves in his running...Needs to show better vision when making lateral cuts, as he appears more comfortable running between tackles rather that turning the corner...Lacks sustained speed for the long runs...Has good hands for the pass, but he needs to refine his route running as he has difficulties keeping track of the ball outside of the short area.
Two-year standout for the Bulldogs who bagan his collegiate career at Southwest Baptist University...A solid blocker with good receiving skills, he started 11 of 25 games at Georgia, gaining 207 yards on 45 carries (4.6 avg) with three touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 205 yards (9.5 avg), including a pair of scores.
Played in every game, starting nine contests...Gained 149 yards with three touchdowns on 30 carries (5.0 avg)...Caught nine passes for 84 yards (9.3 avg) and a pair of scores.
Northwestern State (La.)...Scored his first touchdown as a Bulldog on a 5-yard run.
Alabama...Gained 25 yards on 4 runs and cut blocked defensive end Kenny king on a 15-yard touchdown run by tailback Musa Smith.
Tennessee...Added 15 yards on 3 carries and 6 yards on a reception.
Vanderbilt...Followed with 3 attempts for 27 yards.
Kentucky...Rushed 3 times for 16 yards, caught 2 passes for 30 yards and cleared a rush lane used by tailback Ronnie Powell for a 1-yard scoring
Mississippi...Ran for 17 yards on 4 tries with a 1-yard score and had a 9-yard catch.
Georgia Tech...Scored on runs of 2 & 18 yards.
Arkansas (SEC Championship)...Had a 22-yard reception and a pair of runs for 2 yards.
Florida State (Sugar Bowl)...Closed out his career with a 3-yard catch.
Played in every game, starting vs. Mississippi and Georgia Tech...Gained 58 yards on 15 carries (3.9 avg) and made two catches for 21 yards (10.5 avg).
Arkansas State...In his first game with the Bulldogs, he ran 3 times for 21 yards.
Mississippi...In his first start at Georgia, he totaled 23 yards on 7 attempts and cut blocked linebacker Eddie Strong on a 13-yard scoring scamper by tailback Verron Haynes.
Georgia Tech...Had an 11-yard reception and cleared a rush lane for a 3-yard touchdown run by Haynes.
Houston...Carried 3 times for 13 yards.
Boston College (Music City Bowl)...Gained 11 yards on 3 runs and had a 5-yard catch.
Sat out the year under NCAA transfer rules.
Started eleven games for the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats...Carried 118 times for 450 yards (3.8 avg) and three touchdowns from the fullback position.
Missouri-Rolla...Totaled a season-high 114 yards with a score on 25 attempts.
Started every game at fullback for Southwest Baptist...Gained 465 yards on 129 carries (3.6 avg) with three touchdowns...Caught eight passes for 75 yards (9.4 avg).
No injuries reported.
Campus Agility Tests
4.79 in the 40-yard dash...400-pound bench press...32-inch vertical jump.
Attended John Milledge (Milledgeville, Ga.) Academy...Four-year starter at both fullback and linebacker...Three-time All-Region 4AAA choice, as well as being tabbed the school's Most Valuable Player three years...Three-time pick to the Milledgeville Union-Recorder All-County team...Tabbed All-State for the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) three times at fullback...Coached by Bruce Lane.
Sports Studies major...Born John Thomas Wall on 9/12/79...Resides in Milledgeville, Georgia.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG GM/AVG
1998 11 11 129 465 3.6 3 28 42.27
1999 11 11 118 450 3.8 3 27 40.91
2000 00 00 Redshirt-Transfer
2001 11 02 15 58 3.9 0 16 5.27
2002 14 09 30 149 5.0 3 23 10.64
TOTAL 47 33 292 1122 3.8 9 28 23.87
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Drafted: Pick 33 of the 7th round by Carolina
Positives: Has a thick, muscular body with good strength, speed, quickness, body control and change of direction agility...Very tough and aggressive blocker with a high threshold for pain... Hard worker in the weight room...Shows solid balance as a blocker, using his leg drive and low pad level to get underneath the defender to gain leverage...Runs with good body lean and tilt, showing the hands needed to reach, pluck and track the ball in over his shoulders on pass routes...Collision-type blocker who keeps his feet moving and works hard to occupy the defenders in pass protection...Has the foot agility and kick slide to mirror defenders when retreating to defeat the edge rush...Very quick study who rarely blows his assignment.
Negatives: Hot-&-cold blocker whose narrow leg base causes him to get rocked back by linebackers in the back side...His narrow base prevents him from getting explosion out of his stance (lacks sudden burst)...Does not have sudden acceleration when trying to get to his block point...Needs to stay low in his pads in order to anchor effectively...Strictly a North-South runner with no elusiveness to defeat tacklers around the corner...Not always adept at securing the ball... Has had back problems in the past that need further evaluation.
Four-year starter at fullback who was the unquestioned team leader...Has been a very effective rusher and receiver as well as an excellent blocker...Finished his career with 158 carries for 961 yards (6.1 avg) and eleven touchdowns, adding 50 receptions for 513 yards (10.3 avg) and five scores...His average of 6.1 yards per carry set a school career-record, topping the previous mark of 5.9 yards by Phil Moffatt 193 carries for 1139 yards, 1929-31).
All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention and Academic All-Pac 10 first-team choice...Started all year, finishing second on the team with 54 carries for 348 yards (6.4 avg) and a touchdown...Had 16 receptions for 143 yards (8.9 avg) and a pair of scores...Added a solo tackle.
Boston College... Had a costly fumble that led to a score, but picked up 58 yards on 10 attempts.
San Jose State...Shifted to tailback when Kerry Carter suffered a knee sprain, responding with 65 yards on 9 tries.
Arizona State...With Carter still sidelined, Casey rushed 11 times for 116 yards and a 58-yard touchdown and also scored on a 2-yard catch.
Notre Dame...Caught 3 passes for 54 yards and picked up 16 yards on 9 runs.
Oregon...Totaled 62 yards on 4 carries and had a 7-yard catch.
Oregon State...Snatched 3 passes for 42 yards and a 31-yard touchdown.
Started every game, gaining 199 yards with three touchdowns on 31 carries (6.4 avg)...Caught 15 passes for 146 yards (9.7 avg).
Washington State...Snared 3 passes for 56 yards and had 4 runs for 8 yards.
Oregon...Scored on a 1-yard run and later cleared a rush lane used by tailback Kerry Carter for a game-winning 3-yard touchdown jaunt in a 49-42 decision.
UCLA...Grabbed 5 passes for 28 yards.
Notre Dame...Rushed 3 times for 42 yards and a 9-yard touchdown and then cut blocked line- backer Rocky Boiman on Ken Tolon's game-winning 1-yard scoring run in a 17-13 victory.
San Jose State...Ran for 68 yards on 5 attempts with a 13-yard touchdown and caught 3 passes for 36 yards.
Georgia Tech (Seattle Bowl)...Collected 22 yards on 4 runs and had a 10-yard reception.
Academic All-Pac 10 Conference first-team pick...Recipient of the Frank Rehm Memorial Award (given for outstanding play in the California contest)...Started every game, gaining 224 yards on 50 carries (4.5 avg) with three touchdowns...Also made eight catches for 115 yards (14.4 avg) and a pair of scores.
Washington State...Rushed 8 times for 41 yards and a 6-yard touchdown, adding another score on a 6-yard reception.
Arizona State...Set up a score with a 28-yard catch and ran 5 times for 32 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown.
California...Followed with a 25-yard scoring catch and 4 carries for 16 yards and a 1-yard score... His 25-yarder was the game-winner, coming in overtime for a 36-30 triumph.
Played in every game, moving into the starting lineup in the third cotest...Carried 23 times for 190 yards (8.3 avg) and four touchdowns...Caught eleven passes for 109 yards (9.9 avg) and a score.
Redshirted as a freshman.
Had back problems earlier in his career, but never missed any game action due to the injury.
Campus Agility Tests
4.77 in the 40-yard dash...450-pound bench press...32-inch vertical jump.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
Attended St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic High...His two-year totals included 1538 rushing yards, 597 receiving yards, 37 TDs and two kickoff returns for touchdowns...Had 797 yards rushing and 22 scores as a senior while earning first-team All-County honors for the second straight season... Honorable Mention All-State selection following his senior season...Selected to play in the County All-Star game...Two-time Academic All-City selection...Named to the "Best of the Bay" team by the St. Petersburg Times...Recipient of the Ricky Bell Award for outstanding community service... Member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (National Honor Society for math)... Played baseball for four years and basketball for three years...Two-time team MVP in basketball... Hit .471 as a senior in baseball...Named to the Pinellas County All-Star baseball team as a senior...Chosen the top scholar-athlete at his high school for four consecutive years.
English major...Born 7/26/80...Resides in Largo, Florida.
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