JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Virginia Tech Hokies twice rallied from 11-point deficits, and scored 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to knock off Louisville 35-24 in the Gator Bowl played at Alltel Stadium on Monday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla. The win snapped a two-game losing streak in...[details]
Pros: A slashing type of runner with the ability to run through tacklers and enough speed to get outside. He can be a strong finisher with the body lean, strength and toughness to make the most of each carry. Has a big upside as a power back. Has a powerful frame to run over tacklers while taking no prisoners once he squares his shoulders. He runs with a crouched style, getting full use of his fine lower-body strength to move the pile and gain the tough yardage. Cons: As a receiver, he made nice progress over his career, displaying soft hands and a good sense of route-running, but his experience was limited by lack of playing time over his entire career. He lacks the speed to be a breakaway threat after the reception, but he is an accomplished pass-catcher , which will help him if he ends up converting to fullback. Has all the makings of a starting NFL feature runner, if he answers the injury questions and proves durable as a pro. Numbers: As a senior, he played in 12 games with 162 carries for 752 yards and a solid 4.6 yards-per-carry average for 11 TDs, with 10 receptions for 71 yards. Over his career, he scored 21 rushing TDs and caught 29 passes. At the Combine, he ran a 4.65 in the 40 with a 30.5-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot, 10-inch broad jump. He did 18 reps in the lifting and was adequate in drills.