He Must Clear The House

Dave Wannstedt should start up his own psychic hotline, everything he say's always seems to come to fruition. Now, one player who may play a big role in the new running attack that Wannstedt wants to feature is another step closer to joining the Panthers this fall.

The University of Pittsburgh has not had a marquee running back in the fold for some time that may now change as Duquesne (Pa.) running back Shane Brooks, 5-11 and 215 pounds, has passed the NCAA qualifying standard. Brooks is now in the process of registering with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"I' finally made it, now I just have to get this paperwork out of the way," Brooks said.

Brooks finished the 2005 season rated as the No. 38 ranked running back prospect in the nation according to Scout.com. Brooks, will play in the annual East- West All-Star game this summer. The East - West is a battle of Pennsylvania's best.

Brooks had a stellar senior season, running for 1,545 yards and 12 touchdowns, on 222 carries. During Brooks' career, he registered 3,958 yards as a starter for 2 seasons at Duquesne, and one year at South Allegheny.

Brooks has received several accolades since the conclusion of his senior season. Brooks was named 1st team Associated Press Class A All-State, 1st team All-Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22", Tribune-Review "Terrific 25", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-WPIAL Class A, and Tribune-Review All-WPIAL Class A.

Brooks, along with LaRod Stephens, Rashad Jennings, Irvan Brown, and Conredge Collins should provide Wannstedt and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh with plenty of ammunition to fulfill their prophecy.

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