Connecticut is going to a BCS game for the first time in school history, and RB Jordan Todman is a big reason why. Todman carried the Huskies all season, and he earned Rivals.com player-of-the-year honors in the Big East. Find out who joined Todman on the first team, as well as the rest of our...[details]
Notes: Last name is pronounced "lah-FEJ." Played linebacker, running back, receiver, quarterback and kick returner as a Maryland prep. As a true freshman in 2007, played in 12 games (one start) and recorded 38 tackles, three pass breakups and zero interceptions with 3½ sacks and a forced fumble. Did not play against Navy (coach's decision). Started 11-of-13 games at strong safety in '08, producing 72 tackles, two pass breakups and zero interceptions with four tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a 58-yard fumble-return touchdown against Pittsburgh. Yielded starts to Zaire Kitchen against Syracuse and South Florida. Missed '09 spring practice while recovering from shoulder surgery. Started all 25 games over his final two seasons - totaled 44-4-1 with 2½ tackles for loss, a sack, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks (both against Syracuse) in '09 (13 games) and 84-6-1 with 3½ tackles for loss, 1½ sacks, four forced fumbles and two blocked kicks in '10. Also returned 38 kickoffs for 948 yards (24.9-yard average) and three punt returns for 11 yards (3.7). Also picked up a blocked punt for a three-yard TD. Team captain.
Positives: Outstanding timed speed. Calm pedal. Able to carry tight ends down the field. Solid wrap-and-drag tackler. Good hands and leaping ability. Standout special-teams player (see Florida International). Tough, smart and very hardworking. Experienced, three-year starter. Well-respected by teammates and coaches.
Negatives: Is straight-linish and does not play to timed speed. Average burst to close and recover. Average instincts. Too often a step late - takes some questionable pursuit angles. Yields separation in man coverage. Sticks in transition, and ball skills are just average (two career interceptions).
Summary: Average-sized, tough short-stepper lacks starter-caliber coverage skills and instincts but worked out very well at the Combine and has the pedigree, straight-line speed and tackling ability to quickly become a core special-teams player. Played cautiously after teammate Eric LeGrand was paralyzed covering a kick at midseason against Army and did not finish the season strong. Gained momentum with strong Combine showing.