Notes: Originally from New York - spent two years at local high school before transferring to a college prep school and then again to a New Jersey boarding school in an attempt to gain recruiting exposure. Acceptance required him to repeat his junior year. Also ran track in addition to winning a state championship as a running back, cornerback and return man, but still was lightly recruited due to his size and the fact he split carries with two other Division I recruits. Posted a historic freshman season with the Panthers - broke Tony Dorsett's freshman rushing record and Eagles '09 second-rounder LeSean McCoy's freshman scoring record (108 points) and was the first player to receive Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Big East Rookie of the Year honors in the same season since Michael Vick did so 10 years earlier. Finished third in the country in rushing by piling up 325 carries for 1,799 yards (5.5-yard average) and 17 touchdowns with 25 receptions for 189 yards (7.6) and one TD in 13 games (12 starts). Started all 12 games in which he played in '10, rushing 219-1,061-13 (4.8) with 27-216-0 (8.0) receiving. Did not play against Florida International (shoulder). Will be a 21-year-old rookie.
Positives: Has a thick lower body. Competitive, instinctive, patient runner with good vision, balance and body control. Elusive in the hole. Outstanding quickness and short-area burst to redirect sharply - can jump-cut, stop and start and string subtle moves together without losing speed. Has energetic feet in traffic and squirts through congestion. Is slippery, spins off contact and has a knack for avoiding hits. Good hands. Very productive in a pro-style offense and has upside.
Negatives: Undersized - lacks ideal height and bulk to grind between the tackles. Limited run strength and power. Lacks elite long speed (limited knee extension). Underpowered, leaky blocker. Tends to flag the ball and needs to be more protective. Long-term durability could be an issue. Might take some time to acclimate to an NFL offense.
Summary: A quick-footed, slippery short stepper with a low center of gravity. Has been likened by NFL evaluators as a poor man's Brian Westbrook for his vision, agility, elusiveness and ability to make plays as a runner or receiver and could be a dynamic change-of-pace back.