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ANALYSIS

Positives…Has good upper body muscle development…More quick than fast, but can make cuts at the holes and has the hip swerve needed to avoid defenders slashing through traffic…Instinctive runner who sets up and uses his blocks well…Very creative and strong inside runner who plays at a low pad level, carrying defenders on contact and breaking arm tackles consistently…Has an above average short burst to cut back or bounce outside and the acceleration to run away from defenders…Will usually improvise and create when the hole is clogged…Shows good ball security and will cut sharply while finding a way to get open on pass routes.

Negatives…Not asked to block and needs work on his technique, as he will overextend and lunge when trying to cut block in pass protection…Can set up a defender, but seems to struggle a bit running in space…Used mainly on flares and screens and needs some pass route refinement, but his hands appear natural.

CAREER NOTES

Scheduled to play behind Frank Gore in 2002, the third-year sophomore seized his opportunity to shine when Gore was injured prior to the season opener…Went on to establish himself as one of the most electrifying scoring machines in the history of college football…Gained 2067 yards on 349 carries (5.9 avg) with 31 touchdowns, caught 25 passes for 355 yards (13.1 avg) and had a 35-yard kickoff return in only 21 games for the Hurricanes…His 2067 yards on the ground and 31 scores rank fifth on the school's all-time record lists…His 186 points scored rank sixth in Hurricane annals.

2002 SEASON

Consensus All-American and All-Big East Conference first-team selection…Finalist for the Heisman Trophy, given to the nation's top player, finishing fourth in the voting (660 points)…Shattered school season-records as he carried 282 times for 1753 yards (6.2 avg) and 28 touchdowns, breaking the previous marks of 1416 yards and 17 scores by Edgerrin James in 1998…Only Nebraska's Mike Rozier (29 in 1983) and Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (37 in 1988) ran for more touchdowns in a season in NCAA Division 1A annals… His ten 100-yard performances broke the old Hurricane season-record of eight, set by Ottis Anderson in 1978…Added 350 yards on 24 receptions (14.6 avg)…Gained 2108 all-purpose yards, breaking the old Miami season-record of 1708 by Anderson in 1978.

Florida A&M…Rushed 6 times for 60 yards and a 19-yard score.

Florida…Exploded for 204 yards on 24 attempts, joining Lorenzo Roan (249 vs. East Carolina in 1980) and Edgerrin James (271 vs. Boston College in 1977 and 299 vs. UCLA in 1998) as the only players in school history to rush for over 200 yards in a game.

Tennessee…Carried 21 times for 134 yards with scores of 1, 6, 1 & 4 yards, adding 33 yards on 3 catches.

Boston College…Followed with 17 attempts for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns and made 3 catches for 86 yards.

Connecticut…Rushed 11 times for 107 yards, including 15, 15 & 11-yard touchdowns… Also snared a pair of passes for 10 yards.

Florida State…Gained 95 yards on 26 tries with a 4-yard score and 78 yards on 3 catches.

West Virginia…Had his only two turnovers for the season (fumbled twice), but made up for it as he ran 31 times for 112 yards with 1, 1 & 2-yard scores and caught 2 passes for 71 yards.

Rutgers…Followed with 23 attempts for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns, gaining 13 yards on a pair of grabs.

Tennessee…Collected 154 yards with a 1-yard score on 20 carries and 17 yards on 2 catches.

Pittsburgh…Rushed 19 times for 159 yards, including 7 & 69-yard touchdowns and made 4 catches for 11 yards.

Syracuse…Amassed 134 yards on 14 tries with touchdowns of 61 & 51 yards.

Virginia Tech…Closed out the regular season in record-shattering fashion, becoming the first player in school history to rush for over 200 yards twice in the same season (joined Edgerrin James as the only players in Miami annals to run for over 200 yards twice in a career), as he totaled 205 yards on 39 carries with scores of 1, 4, 3, 10, 1 & 31 yards…His six touchdowns broke the old school game-record of five, set by Bill L'Italien vs. Piedmont in 1933…Only Illinois' Howard Griffith (eight vs. Southern Illinois, 1990) and Mississippi's Showboat Boykin (seven vs. Mississippi State, 1951) rushed for more touchdowns in a game in NCAA Division 1A history…Also snatched 2 passes for 21 yards.

Ohio State (Fiesta Bowl)…Held to 67 yards and a score on 20 carries, leaving the game after tearing his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments (also damaged his posterior cruciate ligament) in his left knee…Underwent reconstructive surgery immediately after the game.

2001 SEASON

Reserve tailback, seeing action in eight games…Finished with 67 carries for 314 yards (4.7 avg) and three touchdowns…Did not catch any passes, but added 35 yards on a kickoff return.

Penn State…Began his collegiate career with 77 yards on 17 attempts. Rutgers…Added 50 yards on 12 tries.

Pittsburgh…Scored his first career touchdown on a 5-yard run, finishing with 74 yards on 10 carries.

Troy State…Rushed 11 times for 45 yards and a 7-yard score.

Florida State…Followed with an 8-yard touchdown run.

West Virginia…Had a 35-yard kickoff return before leaving the game with a knee sprain.

Temple and Boston College…Did not play (knee).

Washington…Collected 48 yards on 8 runs upon his return from the injured list.

Nebraska (Rose Bowl)…Carried twice for 7 yards, fumbling the ball once (recovered by Miami).

2000 SEASON

Redshirted as a freshman.

INJURY REPORT

Missed the Temple and Boston College games in 2002 after suffering a knee sprain vs. West Virginia (10/25/01)…Tore his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments (also damaged his posterior cruciate ligament) in his left knee vs. Ohio State in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl…Underwent reconstructive surgery immediately after the game.

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