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Ozzy
10-06-2010, 11:46 AM
Included in my list are prospects that have either first come onto the college football scene or prospects that have greatly improved their ability since their freshman year and have become big time stars at their position.




Tony Jefferson FR CB Oklahoma
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Just an outstanding defensive back, can tackle in space as good as any defender in college right now, if he keeps up this production this year and over the next few years we could be talking a Eric Berry type of defensive back prospect in terms of consistent domination in college their entire career. I hope Jefferson stays at corner because he could be something special there.



Marcus Lattimore FR RB South Carolina
http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0b683axbhrdOJ/350x.jpg
Obvious choice, very physical and strong running back, shows great potential as a pass catcher and in blitz protection. Seems to have a very good head on his shoulders as well, should develop into a very fine running back prospect.



DJ Flucker FR RS OT Alabama
http://blog.al.com/segrest/2009/08/large_fluker.jpg
Playing dominating football, huge kid, really moves his feet well and is just another in a long line of Alabama offensive lineman that physically dominate at the point of attack. Great looking prospect and one of the best young offensive line prospects in the country.



Dwayne Allen SOPH RS TE Clemson
http://media.thestate.com/smedia/2009/09/27/00/tcuclemson27_rg099.standalone.prod_affiliate.74.JP G
Is a flat out beast at tight end, really improved over last season, big strong kid that can get down field and make plays in the passing game. Can do a lot of things as a tight end and look for him to be the elite tight end in the country next year once Rudolph leaves early for the NFL.



Trent Richardson SOPH RB Alabama
http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Citi+BCS+National+Championship+Alabama+v+Texas+jtP Z5Z4ybwzl.jpgPeople knew he was good but this year he is showing he is flat out great. Very powerful running back, can make plays catching the ball and is hell to bring down. One could easily argue he is just as good if not better than Mark Ingram and if Richardson could go out for the draft this year, which he cannot, but if he could he might be the first running back taken.



Robert Bolden FR QB Penn State
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Really like what he has shown on the field even though the team is not having great success. Very advanced for a true freshman, can make a lot of very nice throws, has a good arm, is a good athlete and could potentially develop into a star quarterback in the future. Outstanding young quarterback prospect.



Dre Kirkpatrick SOPH CB Alabama
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Has lived up to the hype, big time corner prospect, good in pass coverage, attacks the football and is surprisingly solid tackling as well. Under Saban's coaching Kirkpatrick will follow in the footsteps of current NFL corners in Arenas and Jackson. Is one of a group of very fine sophomore corner prospects, and now that he got a chance to show his ability he is right up there with them.

Day One Pick
10-06-2010, 12:44 PM
Marcus Lattimore is the most impressive young guy out there to me. Another guy not mentioned is Robert Woods, WR, USC (Fr.). Dwayne Allen is actually draft eligible this year. I currently have him ranked 100th overall. He's something that is becoming a rarity in college football tight ends in that he can run, block, and catch.

Ozzy
10-06-2010, 12:52 PM
Marcus Lattimore is the most impressive young guy out there to me. Another guy not mentioned is Robert Woods, WR, USC (Fr.). Dwayne Allen is actually draft eligible this year. I currently have him ranked 100th overall. He's something that is becoming a rarity in college football tight ends in that he can run, block, and catch.I guess my mistake, never knew he was a redshirt sophomore. I hope he comes back though, sure he would still be a high pick this year but would be potentially far higher next year and could be the 1st tight end taken.

D-Unit
10-06-2010, 12:59 PM
My favs...

Matt Barkley, QB USC - Gonna be one of the the first QBs taken when he declares.

Greg Reid, DB FSU - Electric player who is starting to prove that he's more than just a KR.

Manti Te'o, ILB ND - Beast of a tackling machine who is living up to all the hype.

...waiting for Dillon Baxter to breakout.

Sniper
10-06-2010, 01:00 PM
I hear this guy is pretty good.

http://media.al.com/sports_impact/photo/denard-robinsonjpg-d6b204b9cb0e426e_large.jpg

Sniper
10-06-2010, 01:01 PM
Manti Te'o

I'm sorry, but you misspelled his name badly. It's spelled "Patrick Omameh's *****". No need for apologies.

TACKLE
10-06-2010, 01:07 PM
I hear this guy is pretty good.

http://media.al.com/sports_impact/photo/denard-robinsonjpg-d6b204b9cb0e426e_large.jpg

I heard the same thing about this guy.

http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Oregon+v+Arizona+_1vWLyk6MC8l.jpg

Day One Pick
10-06-2010, 01:08 PM
I guess my mistake, never knew he was a redshirt sophomore. I hope he comes back though, sure he would still be a high pick this year but would be potentially far higher next year and could be the 1st tight end taken.

I think if he stayed 4 years he could be one of those rare top 15 pick TE's (barring injury or any other type of set back).

D-Unit
10-06-2010, 01:11 PM
I'm sorry, but you misspelled his name badly. It's spelled "Patrick Omameh's *****". No need for apologies.
I'm sorry... what did you say? My name is Denard Robinson and I just lost the hearing in my left ear... not to mention the football too.

http://images.townnews.com/theoaklandpress.com/content/articles/2010/09/11/sports/columns/doc4c8c12f2b7d678834659231.jpg

This Te'o guy was all over me!!!

http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=SB&Date=20100911&Category=SPORTS13&ArtNo=100919822&Ref=AR&Profile=1137&MaxW=290&MaxH=240

Someone tell him to stop!!!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2010-09/56105584.jpg

iowatreat54
10-06-2010, 01:11 PM
Bolden is going to be a stud in a couple years. To my untrained eye, he's already light years ahead of a guy like Pryor in terms of development as a QB. He has fantastic poise for a true freshman QB, his arm is above average, he really hasn't shown any problems with accuracy, and yes he's a great athlete.

Obviously he's going to go through some growing pains as a freshman and make some freshman mistakes, but he has really limited them thus far. His biggest problem is that his receivers can't catch a cold. He could have had a much better game vs. Iowa if his WRs could catch. I can't wait to see how he develops (if he does) as a QB prospect, he definitely has the potential.

Also, I'll get this out of the way now:

How about [Iowa Player's Name] Ozzy?

Sniper
10-06-2010, 01:23 PM
I'm sorry... what did you say? My name is Denard Robinson and I just lost the hearing in my left ear... not to mention the football too.

No one gives a **** since Michigan recovered.

This Te'o guy was all over me!!!

tIEn_Xb_yd8

Pay close attention to No. 5. He'll be the guy flat on his back with a 300-pound sexbeast of a RG on top of him after No. 5 just got pancaked, leading to the longest run in ND Stadium history.

Babylon
10-06-2010, 01:24 PM
Eric Kohler, U of washington Guard is arguably the team's best offensive lineman as a freshman. He's up to about 6-5 305 and i could easily see him moving to LT as early as next year. The guy impressed me by more than holding his own against the likes of Durrell Casey and Jared Crick.

Ozzy
10-06-2010, 01:31 PM
Matt Kalil SOPH RS OT USC
http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/74/746457.jpgHe is another absolutely elite offensive tackle potentially, has a lot of ability, great athlete for his size and could easily become a big time tackle prospect especially if he stays till his senior season.


Yes Denard should be included in this for sure, only negative is the apparent lack of a true NFL position for him at the moment. But yes this year no player has been as dominating or as impressive as he has. Too bad those Michigan defensive backs just flat out stink and will hurt them big time when they actually face some top line competition, and ultimately depending on their success will depend on him winning the Heisman or not.



D-Unit My favs...

Matt Barkley, QB USC - Gonna be one of the the first QBs taken when he declares.

Greg Reid, DB FSU - Electric player who is starting to prove that he's more than just a KR.

Manti Te'o, ILB ND - Beast of a tackling machine who is living up to all the hype.

...waiting for Dillon Baxter to breakout.True, only reason I did not include Barkley was because he played so well last year everyone knows about him. Te'o is good but still need to see a little more of him. Baxter has potential but I think he might be alittle weak in the break tackle department to be a true star.

And yes Greg Reid is far improved over last year, sadly once Mickey is gone they actually have some corners and defensive backs, especially that JUCO corner they got Harris.

thenewfeature06
10-06-2010, 01:34 PM
For UNC, I would say James Hurst FR OT & SO WR Jheranie Boyd..

Outside of UNC I like Alshon Jeffery WR, Jelanie Jenkins, Ray Ray Armstrong..

BRAVEHEART
10-06-2010, 01:36 PM
Eric Kohler, U of washington Guard is arguably the team's best offensive lineman as a freshman. He's up to about 6-5 305 and i could easily see him moving to LT as early as next year. The guy impressed me by more than holding his own against the likes of Durrell Casey and Jared Crick.

Jurrell. C'mon Babs, you're better than that.



Cliff Harris needs to be brought up. He reminds me of Pacman (football wise). Robert Woods has been impressive as any true frosh WR. Mia RB Lamar Miller looks like he could be the next good RB to come out of that program.

shylo3716
10-06-2010, 01:37 PM
Greg Reid Soph CB FSU......He already has 2 picks on the season with many more to come with his play, because he has a knack for getting to the ball.

http://media.al.com/sports_impact/photo/fsu-reid-0904jpg-21ebae2d6493f30b_large.jpg

Ozzy
10-06-2010, 01:39 PM
For UNC, I would say James Hurst FR OT & SO WR Jheranie Boyd..

Outside of UNC I like Alshon Jeffery WR, Jelanie Jenkins, Ray Ray Armstrong..Of course Alshon, he was a star last year and is easily one of the top receiver prospects in the nation.

Jelanie Jenkins I need to see more of and Ray Ray just simply needs to change his number, he will never live up to Sean Taylor's standard. But yes at that size he is a solid prospect, but again will never live up to Taylor's standard at safety.

I like Boyd from UNC but not sure he is among the nations elite just yet, will see what happens in his development. More impressed with the potential Boston has shown at defensive back from UNC.

D-Unit
10-06-2010, 01:43 PM
No one gives a **** since Michigan recovered.



tIEn_Xb_yd8

Pay close attention to No. 5. He'll be the guy flat on his back with a 300-pound sexbeast of a RG on top of him after No. 5 just got pancaked, leading to the longest run in ND Stadium history.
Psh. Looked like a tackle more than block. He held Te'o as they went down.

shylo3716
10-06-2010, 01:44 PM
Mike Davis Fr. WR Texas Has shown flashes early on of becoming the next big thing at Texas.
http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/huskerextra.com/content/tncms/assets/editorial/9/71/5a0/9715a0f9-ff95-582b-9c47-5c469c7a3f1d-revisions/4c9be1c388e82.preview-300.jpg

Ozzy
10-06-2010, 01:44 PM
Cliff Harris needs to be brought up. He reminds me of Pacman (football wise). Robert Woods has been impressive as any true frosh WR. Mia RB Lamar Miller looks like he could be the next good RB to come out of that program.Cliff Harris is indeed a very promising young defensive back, great game against Stanford however at this moment I would take Kirkpatrick or Gilmore over him in that sophomore class.

Robert Woods is impressive to me but not as impressive as many others think, he is good but he still has to show a little more.

Lamar Miller is solid but I am not overly impressed with him yet, needs to show more than just kick off potential.

BamaFalcon59
10-06-2010, 02:06 PM
Virginia Tech.

RB David Wilson (So.)- Extremely explosive runningback who is also extremely powerful, does not go down. Great leg drive. Fastest player on the team along with Rock Carmichael. One of the top track athletes in the nation, as if he devoted his time to track he would have a legitimate shot at competing in the triple jump in the Olympics. His speed was showcased on a 91- yard KO return for a touchdown against NC State that sparked a comeback. If he improves his vision as a runner, he is going to be a top prospect at RB.

MLB Bruce Taylor (rSo.)- Going to be Bud Foster's first top rated LB in a good while. At 6'2" 246, he has ideal size. And with his background as a DE, along with top notch speed for the position, he can fit into either a 3-4 or 4-3. In my opinion he would fit best in the middle of a 3-4. Stats on the season are already impressive- 36 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 3 sacks, and 7 QB hurries.

CB Jayron Hosley (So.)- The next great VT cornerback. After being a punt return specialist and backup CB last season, Hosley is now in a starting role next to Rock Carmichael, giving VT one of the best CB duos (and secondaries) in the nation. Hosley was suspended earlier this season for unknown reasons (weed likely), missing one game, but has 4 interceptions and 9 pass deflections on the season (in four games), including three interceptions of Russell Wilson in a single game (Wilson seldom throws interceptions). Hosley is undersized, but is extremely fluid and has good speed. Natural cover man.

S Antone Exum (rFr.)- Tremendous athlete at 6'0" 220 with 4.4/4.5 speed, he has the versatility to line up nearly anywhere on the field. Has forced DC Bud Foster to essentially alter his scheme to get three safties on the field, and has shown the versatility to line up in man against slot receivers. Powerful tackler.

DE James Gayle (rFr.)- Ideal potential at defensive end. Only a year ago Gayle was 6'4" 220, where as he is now 6'4" 250. With his frame, Gayle should be able to get upto 260 pounds and maintain his top notch athleticism. Currently in the DE rotation, he has 3 TFL and a sack on the season.

shylo3716
10-06-2010, 02:14 PM
Brandon Harris Jr. CB Da "U" Potential 1st rd pick if he declares this year.
http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/75/751032.jpg

Babylon
10-06-2010, 02:23 PM
Jurrell. C'mon Babs, you're better than that.



Cliff Harris needs to be brought up. He reminds me of Pacman (football wise). Robert Woods has been impressive as any true frosh WR. Mia RB Lamar Miller looks like he could be the next good RB to come out of that program.

I'm still high from saturday nights game.

shylo3716
10-06-2010, 02:57 PM
Cliff Harris is indeed a very promising young defensive back, great game against Stanford however at this moment I would take Kirkpatrick or Gilmore over him in that sophomore class.

Robert Woods is impressive to me but not as impressive as many others think, he is good but he still has to show a little more.

Lamar Miller is solid but I am not overly impressed with him yet, needs to show more than just kick off potential.

A lot of people are forgetting that if Graig Cooper were healthy, Miller would not be getting any carries.

ToldLikeItIs
10-06-2010, 03:17 PM
Give it up for Reiff.

BuddyCHRIST
10-06-2010, 03:20 PM
Greg Reid is my boy, but hasn't done much this year to improve his stock. He's shown some improvement, but he played horrible against Oklahoma. And he hasn't done as much returning. He'll make some plays, but right now he makes some negative ones often.

If your looking for an FSU Corner look at Xavier Rhodes, he's 6'1" 210 RS Freshman. The best corner on the team with very fluid hips and good speed, he's also an excellent tackler. He's new to the defensive side of the ball but Jimbo has been raving about him since he got on campus.

ThePudge
10-06-2010, 03:55 PM
They're not unique names here, but Alshon Jeffery & LaMichael James are two of my favorite non-eligible prospects. I'm not usually a fan of small but James is an incredible player. If Ray Rice can do it, I think James could be a great, versatile starting back in the league. When I watch Jeffery I feel like I'm seeing some signs of Brandon Marshall/T.O. I think there's a decent chance that he'll be the best WR prospect currently playing SEC football.

BigBanger
10-06-2010, 04:45 PM
http://accmania.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/andre-ellington.jpg

Ellington has been a beast. Very little talk about him, which is surprising for such an explosive player (filling in for one of the most explosive players last year). He's also eligible, and if there is football next year in the NFL, then I'd expect it to be his last year of college ball. Over 100 yards in every game that has mattered. 140 yards rushing, 1 TD (188 total) against Auburn and played great against Miami (FL) w/ 107 rushing, 3 TDs (146 total).

Don Vito
10-06-2010, 04:52 PM
http://media.al.com/alabama-sports/photo/nico-johnson-med-almondjpg-033316289c198a58_medium.jpg

Hi guys!

draftguru151
10-06-2010, 05:34 PM
Olivier Vernon (DE), Marcus Forston (DT) , Vaughn Telemaque (S), Ray Ray Armstrong (S), Lamar Miller (RB), Mike James (RB/FB), Brandon Washington (OG) and Seantrel Henderson (OT). Solid group of youngins at Miami.

Le'Veon Bell (RB, Mich St), Keenan Allen (WR, Cal), Matt Elam (S, UF), Michael Dyer (RB, Auburn) have all looked pretty impressive as well.

keylime_5
10-06-2010, 05:51 PM
Buckeye left tackle Mike Adams has stepped up his game this year. Dominant at times, even though he still has lapses.

TitanHope
10-06-2010, 05:56 PM
http://img808.imageshack.us/img808/6379/justinhunter1.jpg

Justin Hunter! <333

RaiderNation
10-06-2010, 06:03 PM
He isnt a underclassmen but Cameron Newton has really caught my eye this year. Still needs another year to develop at QB but with that size and speed he could be a 1st rounder next year as a QB. Newton>Pryor

Thunder&Lightning
10-06-2010, 06:23 PM
taylor martinez

A Perfect Score
10-06-2010, 06:50 PM
Stephon Gilmore is gunna beast all over the NFL one day. So impressive.

dannyz
10-06-2010, 07:12 PM
Vontaze Burfict will be great. What has Jeff Luc done this year?

RealityCheck
10-06-2010, 08:45 PM
Nicks, Tate, Little...

http://wwwcache.wralsportsfan.com/asset/colleges/unc/2009/12/26/6692710/12_26_09_09_21_46pm_Boyd_Jheranie_9480-320x480.jpg
http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/East+Carolina+v+North+Carolina+NEcZjGzzs-Ul.jpg

And two years from now, these guys.

M.O.T.H.
10-06-2010, 08:54 PM
Alshon just keeps getting better and better. Guy is a freak. Was leading the nation in receiving, before SCAR's bye week, this past week.

ThePudge
10-06-2010, 09:06 PM
Alshon just keeps getting better and better. Guy is a freak. Was leading the nation in receiving, before SCAR's bye week, this past week.

He's huge, he's fast, he's coordinated, he's tough to bring down. As I said, maybe the best WR in the loaded SEC. I think he's an excellent prospect & a freak of a college athlete. He's as big as some DE's in the conference.

bruschis4all
10-06-2010, 10:05 PM
Jackson Jeffcoat - DE - Texas looked pretty good against OU. Even though he took a stupid personal foul. Yes, son of Jim Jeffcoat. Hyped as a top recruit last spring. Looks the part.

Todd Bertuzzi
10-09-2010, 05:38 PM
Tavon Austin

It'll be interesting to see if he goes back to RB once Devine leaves or if he stays at receiver. Either way this guy is a playmaker.

tomshady
10-09-2010, 07:58 PM
Jonathon Hankins. DT from Ohio State is a big time spaceeater.

TheMorningZoo
10-09-2010, 08:31 PM
Shane Vereen from CAL is a solid Runningback. Cal has produced a lot of top runners since Tedford's regime (Arington, Lynch, Forsett, Best) and Vereen looks to follow suit.

For ASU obviously we have Vontaze Burfict, who has all the talent in the world but needs to keep his composure. Otherwise we have a Frosh runningback Deantre Lewis who is doing big things. If we had more wins he would be getting more recognition.

regoob2
10-09-2010, 10:28 PM
Alshon just keeps getting better and better. Guy is a freak. Was leading the nation in receiving, before SCAR's bye week, this past week.
He's going to be a 1st round pick when he comes out. He's one of the best in college football right now. He's only going to get better.

DcmRulz
10-09-2010, 11:43 PM
On Offense, Impressed by Robert Woods of USC so far. Seems really in sync with the offense considering he's a freshman.

On Defense, Impressed by LaMarcus Joyner of Florida State so far. Seems to have playmaker qualities.

SchizophrenicBatman
10-10-2010, 03:26 AM
Luke Kuechly LB at Boston College. True Sophomore

everyone talks about Herzlich but this guy is way better imo. in fact I think he might be in contention for best defender in the acc. shame he plays for a program that's going in the tank

Paranoidmoonduck
10-10-2010, 03:40 AM
Keenan Allen
http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2010/09/04/sp-cal05_PH1_0502187855.jpg

His production has been spotty, but that's the fault of Cal's anemic passing attack. When the ball comes his way, he winds up looking great. In his first college game (which was, granted, against UC Davis), he looked like another Calvin Johnson. Look out for him once Cal gets an actual quarterback.

BRAVEHEART
10-10-2010, 05:42 AM
http://vmedia.rivals.com/uploads/995/1002565.jpg

200+rec, 3 TDS

M.O.T.H.
10-10-2010, 11:40 AM
He's going to be a 1st round pick when he comes out. He's one of the best in college football right now. He's only going to get better.

I think he's the best WR in college football right now. AJ Green is more athletically gifted, but Alshon is the total package.

A 1st round lock for sure. I was hesitant to say he was better than Sidney Rice, but he is.

Babylon
10-10-2010, 12:23 PM
Luke Kuechly LB at Boston College. True Sophomore

everyone talks about Herzlich but this guy is way better imo. in fact I think he might be in contention for best defender in the acc. shame he plays for a program that's going in the tank

Herzlich is working his way back to where he was before, not there yet. Kuechly looks like a good inside LB but when Herzlich is healthy he can make a Clay Matthews type impact on a game i think.

BigBanger
10-10-2010, 01:18 PM
http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I00007VEwmL4cL48/s

RS Sophomore and probably the best Guard prospect I have seen since Branden Albert. Not the same kind of athletic ability (which made Albert a T prospect as well), but he does fire off the ball, works the second level and is a very good in-line blocker. Dominated Jurrell Casey all day and on one play, blocked him 12 yards down field. Pass protection is flawless and he shows a phenomenal punch and great length. Casey beat him once on a quick inside move where he got off the line great and just beat DeCastro off the line. DeCastro then slapped him in the back of the head, dropped him to the ground and then ran out for a screen pass and took out a LB and DB. Someone on here called him or compared him to Steve Hutchinson and I think, although lofty, he has that kind of ability.

Babylon
10-10-2010, 01:23 PM
http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I00007VEwmL4cL48/s

RS Sophomore and probably the best Guard prospect I have seen since Branden Albert. Not the same kind of athletic ability (which made Albert a T prospect as well), but he does fire off the ball, works the second level and is a very good in-line blocker. Dominated Jurrell Casey all day and on one play, blocked him 12 yards down field. Pass protection is flawless and he shows a phenomenal punch and great length. Casey beat him once on a quick inside move where he got off the line great and just beat DeCastro off the line. DeCastro then slapped him in the back of the head, dropped him to the ground and then ran out for a screen pass and took out a LB and DB. Someone on here called him or compared him to Steve Hutchinson and I think, although lofty, he has that kind of ability.

Present and accounted for. I think he's probably a year away but may be best guard since Hutch.

wicket
10-10-2010, 01:23 PM
I dont want to be to much of a homer but I really think that Theo Riddick is starting to deserve a mention in this thread. He has arguably been NDs best receiver in recent years as a true sophomore in his first year playing wideout. Dude is pretty damn studly

SchizophrenicBatman
10-10-2010, 01:27 PM
Herzlich is working his way back to where he was before, not there yet. Kuechly looks like a good inside LB but when Herzlich is healthy he can make a Clay Matthews type impact on a game i think.

not running down Herzlich, just saying Kuechly looks great. He has NFL level explosiveness right now. His tackle numbers are inflated because his team sucks but he's still really good. He was pretty much unblockable against NC State...dude sheds blocks like I've never seen

I'm sure Herzlich will get back to his old self eventually...Nate Irving looked slow his first couple games back too and was overshadowed by both Terrell Manning and Audie Cole until he broke out against Georgia Tech. Now he's back to 100%, or at least like 95%

hammer07
10-25-2010, 09:24 AM
Alshon Jeffery has looked very good the couple of times I've seen him. He's great at making corners look stupid.

Dre Kirkpatrick, Trent Richardson, Michael Dyer, Ed Wesley too.

YAYareaRB
10-25-2010, 10:18 AM
http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slides/photos/000/313/931/ford_michael1_display_image.jpg

Michael Ford RB, LSU RS Freshmen

Has definitely gotten the most out of his carries averaging 7 yards a pop. I wish they'd give him the ball more.