Drafted: Pick 21 of the 4th round by Cincinnati
Positives: Has a rare athletic frame with a very thick chest, big thighs and calves and a large bubble...Has very good natural strength and balance...Snaps out of his stance suddenly, displaying a good short burst through the holes...Has the vision and cut back ability to get to the corner, using his size properly to bounce off tackles...Bruising inside runner who maintains a low pad level and quick hip swerve in his change of direction agility...Natural receiver out of the backfield who is especially effective on swing screens, flats and wheel routes...Has a good power base, showing explosion as a blocker and very good kick out technique in his pass set...Shows urgency to separate from defenders when operating in space...Despite his massive frame, he has the foot agility of a tailback and the quickness to make defenders miss...Knows how to dip his shoulders and deliver bruising shots on linebackers working the second level...Faces up to defenders with aggression and shows good ball security, especially when getting vertical with the ball after the catch.
Negatives: Needs to be monitored in his off-season workouts (not a weight room warrior) and must be pushed to keep up his weight training program...Due to his size, he does not have that instant speed, rather needing time to build up (also lacks finishing speed)...A solid blocker, but struggles vs. stunts and twists, as he will duck his head, causing him to stumble and miss his target...Good lead blocker, but needs to face up and wipe out the defender quicker to clear the rush lane...Mirrors well in pass protection, but does not fully extend his hands to lock on and sustain...Needs to apply himself more, as he is not a fan of class work or digesting the play book.
Formerly of Indiana University, Jeremi decided to transfer to Western Kentucky for his final season due to a difference in game philosophy with the new Indiana coaching staff...A Jerome Bettis-type who loves operating in a one-back system, he has proven to be a very capable receiver...For his collegiate career, he carried 286 times for 1568 yards (5.5 avg) and 13 touchdowns, adding 60 receptions for 696 yards (11.76 avg) and four scores in 48 games.
All-Gateway Conference second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...Played in fifteen games for Western Kentucky, carrying 102 times for 637 yards (6.2 avg) and two touch- downs...Caught 23 passes for 310 yards (13.5 avg) and a pair of scores...Averaged 63.1 all-purpose yards per game.
Kansas State...In his first game for the Hilltoppers (did not join the team until August), he ran 3 times for 10 yards and made a pair of catches for 8 yards.
Western Illinois...Rushed 5 times for 25 yards and snatched 4 passes for 37 yards.
Youngstown State...Added 36 yards on 8 attempts and 11 yards on 2 catches.
Northern Illinois...Rushed 7 times for 73 yards and grabbed 3 passes for 33 yards.
Florida International...Gained 55 yards on 13 tries and 45 yards on 2 receptions.
Indiana State...Scored his first touchdown as a Hilltopper on a 36-yard reception.
Illinois State...Carried 5 times for 56 yards.
Southern Illinois...Totaled 86 yards on 4 carries, including a 61-yard touchdown.
Murray State (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs)...Collected 160 yards on 12 attempts with a 14-yard score.
Western Illiniois (1-AA Playoffs)...Ran 13 times for 43 yards.
McNeese State (Division 1-AA Championship)...Caught 3 passes for 90 yards and a 16-yard touchdown and rushed 5 times for 12 yards.
Took over fullback duties, finishing third on the team with 95 carries or 546 yards (5.7 avg) and seven touchdowns...Made 16 catches for 213 yards (13.3 avg) and a score...Averaged 69.0 all-purpose yards per game.
North Carolina State...Rushed 8 times for 54 yards and a score in the season opener.
Northwestern...Carried 15 times for 94 yards with touchdowns of 6 & 7 yards as he also grabbed a pair of passes for 37 yards and a 26-yard score.
Michigan State...Followed with 96 yards on 13 runs, including a 19-yard touchdown.
Penn State...Dragged defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy into the end zone on a 4-yard scoring run.
Wisconsin...Hauled in 4 passes for 96 yards.
Purdue...Gained 53 yards on 10 attempts.
Kentucky...Finished the season with 17 carries for 97 yards and touchdowns of 1 & 27 yards...Also had a 7-yard catch.
Shared fullback duties with De'Wayne Hogan, appearing in every game...Carried 20 times for 103 yards (5.2 avg) and a pair of touchdowns...Gained 83 yards on 11 catches (7.5 avg).
North Carolina State...Rushed 3 times for 21 yards and a 4-yard score...Also made 2 catches for 21 yards.
Kentucky...His 20-yard reception set up the team's go-ahead score (field goal).
Iowa...In his only start for 2000, he snared 3 passes for 32 yards.
Northwestern...Collected 32 yards on 7 runs, including a 1-yard touchdown.
Nominated for Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year honors...Played in every game, starting at fullback vs. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Purdue...Carried 69 times for 282 yards (4.1 avg) and two touchdowns...Gained 90 yards with a score on 10 catches (9.0 avg).
Ball State...Made his collegiate debut with 6 runs for 27 yards and 2 catches for 19 yards.
Penn State...Totaled 54 yards on 9 carries.
Northwestern...Rushed 12 times for a season-high 60 yards and scored his first touch- down on a 3-yard run.
Iowa...Followed with 13 attempts for 53 yards and a 22-yard score.
Michigan...Added a 1-yard touchdown reception.
No injuries reported.
Campus Agility Tests
4.74 in the 40-yard dash...420-pound bench press...535-pound squat...31.5-inch vertical jump...Right-handed.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
31 1/8 8 1/2 10 4.91 2.87 1.68 20 29 8'7"
Attended Ballard (Louisville, Ky.) High...Widely considered to be one of the top five fullbacks in the country and was an All-American selection by numerous publications...As a junior and senior, he rushed for over 2000 total yards and 35 touchdowns...Tallied 1517 yards (*.0 avg) and 17 touchdowns as a senior in 1998 and totaled 904 yards with 13 scores on 120 tries as a junior...Four-year starter who earned All-State honors as a junior and senior...Attended the same high school as Indiana safety Ron Bethel and center Chris Jahnke...Coached Mark Catlett.
Recreation Sport Management major...Born 9/4/80...Resides in Louisville, Kentucky.
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