Drafted: Pick 2 of the 1st round by Detroit
Positives: Has a well-proportioned, muscular frame with tight skin, low body fat, good arm length, tight bubble and nicely developed legs and thighs...Has outstanding quickness in and out of his cuts...Stays active with his hands to escaper the jam and is very fluid getting into his routes...Has the ability to easily find the open area and the instincts to know where the pursuit is coming from...Uses his superb acceleration to separate and while known as a deep threat, he is also effective on underneath routes... Will catch with his hands outside his framework and shows excellent concentration going over the middle...Does a fine job of tracking and locating the ball, using his speed well to stretch the defense...Shows good hip swerve, wiggle and juking moves to make the initial tackler miss...Has the long arms and strength needed to hold up vs. press coverage... Shows great depth in his routes and can sneak up on a defender and separate with his vertical speed...Not shy combating for the ball and will work hard to take the pigskin away from the defender...Has above average body control to adjust when making the over-the-shoulder grabs...Very hard to contain after the catch.
Negatives: Drops his hands a bit when breaking patterns...While he maintains eye contact on the ball, his concentration will wander when he is not involved in the play...Will get in the way of defenders, but will not overexert himself when called upon to block.
One of the finest athletes to ever wear an MSU uniform...Consummate team player who is a sensational "home run" threat bursting down the sidelines...Emotional leader who can handle hard coaching, he could be the ruler that future pro receivers are measured against...The tireless worker finished his career with 135 receptions for 2821 yards (20.9 avg) and 27 touchdowns in only 24 games as a Spartan...Only Courtney Hawkins (138, 1988-91) and Andre Rison (146, 1985-88) had more catches in school history...His 2821 yards are topped only by Rison's 2992 in MSU annals...Only Kirk Gibson (21.0 avg, 1975-78) had a better career receiving average in school history...His 27 scoring grabs broke Gibson's previous Spartan career-record of 24...Joined Plaxico Burress (65 in 1998 and 66 in 1999) as the only players in school history to catch at least 60 passes in a season twice in a career...Also joined Burress (1013 in 1998 and 1142 in 1999) as the only Spartans to gain over 1000 yards receiving in a season twice in a career...Added 177 yards and a touchdown on 21 punt returns (8.4 avg) and 110 yards with a score on 10 carries (11.0 avg).
Consensus All-American and All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection...Recipient of the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's premier receiver...Team MVP...Broke his own school season-record with 68 receptions, good for 1351 yards (19.9 avg) and 13 touch-downs...His 1351 yards and 13 scores are topped only by his 2001 totals of 1470 yards and 14 touchdowns on the school's season-record list...Carried six times for 74 yards (12.3 avg) and returned three punts for 19 yards (6.3
avg)...Averaged 120.3 all-purpose yards per game...Also made four solo tackles...57 of his 68 catches were good for first downs... Ranked ninth in the nation in receiving yards.
Eastern Michigan...Began the season with 4 catches for 138 yards and a 19-yard score.
Rice...Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors as he snared 9 passes for 122 yards with 5 & 38-yard touchdowns, adding 21 yards on a punt
California...Gained 166 yards on 9 catches with a 15-yard score.
Notre Dame...Despite playing with bruised ribs, he hauled in 7 passes for 175 yards and touchdowns of 38 & 21 yards.
Northwestern...Followed with a 21-yard scoring grab in limited action (ribs), setting a conference and NCAA Division 1A record with his 13th-straight game with at least one touchdown catch.
Iowa...Made 5 catches for 78 yards.
Minnesota...Had 6 receptions for 96 yards.
Wisconsin...Caught 3 passes for 88 yards and scores of 26 & 44 yards.
Michigan...Gained 75 yards on 4 receptions.
Indiana...Set up a pair of scores on reverses of 41 and 25 yards, adding 5 catches for 102 yards, including 36 & 21-yard scores.
Purdue...Hauled in 5 passes for 161 yards and touchdowns of 16 & 65 yards.
Penn State...Closed out his career with 5 catches for 64 yards.
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...All-Big Ten Conference second-team pick by the league's media...Member of CBS Sportsline's All-Bowl team... Started every game at split end...Led the team with 67 receptions (second-best total in school history as he set school season-records with 1470 yards (21.9 avg) and 14 touch- downs, topping the previous marks of 1142 yards and 12 scores by Plaxico Burress in 1999...Rushed four times for 36 yards (9.0 avg) and a score...Returned 18 punts for 158 yards (8.8 avg) and a touchdown...Also recorded a solo tackle...Averaged 138.7 all-purpose yards per game...Became the first player to average over 20 yards per reception for the Spartans since Andre Rison in 1988...Scored 96 points, becoming the first non-kicker to lead the team in scoring since Sedrick Irvin (1997)...Had at least one touchdown catch in each of his final nine games.
Central Michigan...Began his collegiate career with 3 catches for 73 yards.
Notre Dame...Scored his first career touchdown on a 47-yard grab, finishing with 4 catches for 116 yards to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
Northwastern...Made 5 catches for 68 yards, returned 4 punts for 87 yards, including a 64-yard score and posted a solo tackle.
Iowa...Followed with a 13-yard touchdown catch.
Minnesota...Gained 91 yards on 7 catches with an 18-yard score.
Wisconsin...Had 5 receptions for 206 yards with touchdowns of 5 & 87 yards...His 87-yarder was the third-longest reception in school history...His 206 yards rank fourth on the school's game-record list.
Michigan...Caught 6 passes for 86 yards and a 17-yard touchdown.
Indiana...Picked up 81 yards on 4 grabs, including a 19-yard score.
Purdue...Made 7 catches for 108 yards and a 7-yard touchdown, adding 33 yards on 4 punt returns.
Penn State...Amassed 191 yards on 8 catches with touchdowns of 47 & 59 yards.
Missouri...Scored on a 20-yard reverse and on receptions of 32 & 20 yards as he snared 7 passes for 168 yards, earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
Fresno State (Silicon Valley Football Classic)...Set a school game-record with 270 yards on 10 catches, including 69 & 72-yard touchdowns...Also set up another score with a 43-yard reception late in the fourth quarter that sealed a44-35 victory...His 270 yards broke the old MSU record of 255 yards by Plaxico Burress vs. Michigan in 1999...Along with his 201 yards earlier in the year vs. Wisconsin, it marked the first time a player gained over 200 yards receiving in a season (also in a career).
Did not play under NCAA Proposition 48 rules.
Suffered bruised ribs vs. Notre Dame (9/21) in 2002.
Campus Agility Tests
4.43 in the 40-yard dash...38.5-inch vertical jump.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
33 3/4 8 7/8 10
Attended Saginaw (Mich.) High...Consensus All-American and unanimous All-State (three times) and All-Midwest Region pick...Rated the best high school player in the country by Prep Football Report...Named Midwest Region Offensive MVP by PrepStar...Caught 40 passes for 760 yards (19.0 avg) and 14 touchdowns as a senior...Added 15 carries for 125 yards and a pair of scores and returned two punts for touchdowns as he led the team to the state Division II title that year...Made 53 catches for 956 yards (18.0 avg) and 14 touch- downs as a junior...Three-year starter for coach Don Durrett...Finished his career with 126 receptions for 2644 yards (21.0 avg) and 39 touchdowns...Also excelled in track, winning the state titles in the 200 meters (2000), 400 meters (1999) and 100 and 200 meters (1998).
Sociology major...Born 5/23/81...Resides in Saginaw, Michigan.
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