Numbers: 5'11", 234 pounds
2006 Stats: 6 Rushing TDs, 46-133 rushing, 15-91 receiving
Career Stats: 21 rushing TDs, 161-533 rushing, 60-380 receiving
The Buzz: The short-yardage and goal-line workhorse for the Crimson Tide, getting just 161 carries but scoring 21 touchdowns ... Makes smart choices and uses good vision to see where the inside blocking lanes are opening ... Has good hands and finds open spots in zone coverage to provide outlet pass opportunities for his quarterback ... NFLDraftScout.com compares him to the Raiders' Zack Crockett and believes he can play a similar role for an NFL team ... Great team player willing to take on whatever role helps the team ... Tough to bring down on the first hit ... "A do-it-all player for the Tide." -- TideSports.com ...
|Tim Castille dives for a score against Oklahoma State (AP Photo)|
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Ed Thompson: I think you've really had an interesting and unique college career. 161 carries, but 21 of them touchdowns. That's a touchdown about every 7.7 carries. How have you become so effective down at the goal line?
Tim Castille: Really, the position that Coach Shula put me in, they told me I was going to be the short-yardage goal line guy. And I really took it upon myself that this is my job. Anytime I got my hands on the ball, I really made it a point to be productive. I think that is what really helped me be more effective in scoring touchdowns and picking up the yardage when I needed to do it.
ET: Is that primarily how you see yourself contributing at the pro level, a short-yardage specialist?
TC: I believe that's what they will have me doing, being that short-yardage guy. But my hands are probably one of my best assets. I can come out of the backfield in third-down situations. That's really what I would like to do at the next level. I'm just waiting now to see. I will do whatever they tell me to.
ET: I notice that you recovered an onside kick your senior year. Talk a little bit about your special teams experience because that's an area where a rookie can come in and contribute right away to an NFL club.
TC: They really didn't have me on a lot of special teams when I first got there because I was a starter. My last year, they put me on the kickoff return team and they put me on the punt team just because I think they needed a little more speed. I really enjoyed the punt teams because I was able to run down and tackle guys and get in the mix. I knew I was going to have to do it at the next level, so when the opportunity came, I really wanted to do a good job.
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