Auburn sent a message to LSU last year when it plucked Trovon Reed from Bayou Bengal territory. Coach Gene Chizik and staff are trying to do it again, as Auburn fights LSU for Greg Robinson, who hails from heavily pro-LSU country. But LSU is standing tall in this battle.[details]
A tall, thinly built running back who looks thin in his lower half and isn't compact in any area of his body, McKnight gets too upright when initially when attacking the line of scrimmage or any time he's asked to play in space. He showcases good patience inside, looks natural when asked to set up blocks and possesses the short-area quickness to make a man miss and create on his own. He's a balanced runner who does a nice job of maintaining his feet through contact and can bounce off would-be tackles. But he isn't the type of guy who can push the pile. McKnight takes what the defense gives him. He doesn't try to force big runs on every play and does a nice job hitting a crease inside, dropping his pads and driving his legs through contact. He possesses good feel as a cutback runner, allows the offensive line to set up and displays the lateral explosion to quickly change directions and accelerate in the open field. He catches the ball well in the pass game, extends his arms well and plucks the ball away from his frame. He possesses good straight-line speed and can create at the second level, but it's his acceleration and initial burst that make him so effective in tight areas. McKnight rarely loses yards on a run. Overall, he showcases natural vision, feel and lateral quickness as a runner between the tackles, has dynamic moments to his game and looks like a guy who could be a featured back in a zone-blocking scheme. But he runs too upright and isn't physical enough to project as a starter for most teams.