Highlight Reel #1: Joseph Addai

ColtPower brings you the "greatest hits" from Joseph Addai's college years -- the highlights and best quotes from the numerous articles posted at Scout.com about him by our LSU affiliate, Tiger Rag. It's a truly unique chronological history of his progress leading up to his arrival in Indianapolis that you simply can't find anywhere else.

Our LSU affiliate at Scout.com, Tiger Rag, tracked the collegiate career of LSU running back Joseph Addai. With 20 articles classified to Addai's history at Scout.com, and numerous other references to him in their story archives, we took a few minutes to sort through them and provide the highlights below in chronological order, using direct quotes from their terrific articles. We've also provided the link to some of their top stories or interviews. ColtPower thanks the great writers at Tiger Rag for their extensive and insightful coverage of Joseph Addai that we now share with ColtPower Insiders.

September 4, 2001
Five members of LSU's heralded freshmen class saw action in the season opener against Tulane as WR Michael Clayton, TE Marcus Spears, C Ben Wilkerson, RB Joseph Addai and DE Marquise Hill all played in the game. Clayton caught a pair of passes for 21 yards, while Addai had seven carries for 28 yards for the Tigers. 

ColtPower Note:  After appearing in two games as true freshman, Addai was redshirted for the balance of the year.

AP Photo/Dave Martin

March 23, 2002
Domanick Davis worked exclusively at running back after being used on defense last season. His practice time will be considerable in the absence of LaBrandon Toefield, who continued his rehab while the rest of the team practiced on Saturday. Working with a team trainer, Toefield ran short pass routes at a decent speed without favoring his surgically repaired knee. Joseph Addai and Ryan Gilbert worked in the backfield behind Davis. 

April 13, 2002
Joseph Addai led all rushers with 12 attempts for 52 yards, and Ryan Gilbert was next with 13 carries for 34 yards. A twisted ankle ended Addai's afternoon prematurely, but he was probably the most effective part of the Tiger offense during the scrimmage. 

April 20, 2002
The LSU ground attack was highlighted by redshirt freshman Joseph Addai and true freshman Chris Vincent. Addai rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, while Vincent carried the ball 10 times for 79 yards and a score. "I was impressed with a couple of runners today," said Saban. "Joseph and Chris Vincent both ran and ran through some people at times and broke some tackles, which I think is a good sign." 

July 17, 2002
Addai is in prime position to take over as the No. 3 tailback for the Tigers if Devery Henderson makes a full-time move to wide receiver. Coaches were pleased with his performance in spring practice, which culminated with his game-high 11 carries for 65 yards. The emergence of Addai is worth noting since he had to come back from knee surgery in his senior year at Sharpstown High School. He tried to play in 2001 but applied for a medical redshirt after seeing time in two games. An ESPN and Fox Sports Prep All-American, Addai played quarterback in high school and rushed for 1,429 yards and 26 touchdowns on 159 carries for an average of 8.9 yards per carry. 

September 8, 2002
"I think Joseph played well. He played a lot better today...and looked a lot more confident than a week ago. I think that's just a young player who's starting to feel his oats a little bit. Joseph's going to be a good player for us. I thought he ran hard, made some good cuts. He got a little bit tired at times, but I was really pleased with his performance." -- LSU head coach Nick Saban 

September 11, 2002
Eyebrows were raised and little murmuring was heard when LSU released its first depth chart prior to the Virginia Tech game. It showed redshirt freshman Joseph Addai listed as the Tigers' No. 1 tailback ahead of returning starter Solomon Lee, a senior. Addai enjoying non-traditional backfield role  

October 6, 2002 (Addai Interview)
LSU's offense took quite a hit when All-Southeastern conference running back LaBrandon Toefield suffered a broken left arm in the second quarter against Louisiana-Lafayette. But redshirt freshman Joseph Addai helped cushion the blow. The redshirt freshman from Houston carried eleven times for 98 yards, scoring twice on runs of 10 and 34 yards. Q&A with Joseph Addai  

December 9, 2002
LSU running back Joseph Addai, linebacker Cameron Vaughn and offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth were each named to the 2002 Southeastern Conferences' Coaches All-Freshman Team on Monday. Addai, a red shirt freshman from Houston, played in 11 of 12 games this season and rushed for 433 yards on 79 carries and scored four touchdowns. He was the second-leading rusher on the team. Addai also had one 100-yard rushing game during the season as he rushed for 104 yards on 11 carries against Louisiana-Lafayette and scored two touchdowns.

ColtPower Note:  Addai missed one game in 2002 with a right knee anterior cruciate ligament sprain. He finished the season with 438 yards rushing on 80 carries (5.5 avg) and had 6 catches for 81 yards.

Getty Images/Chris Graythen

April 11, 2003
At running back, Joseph Addai ascended to the role of first-team running back when LaBrandon Toefield and Domanick Davis moved onto the NFL. Addai is the odds-on favorite to see most of the action, but little man Shyrone Carey has made some noise in both spring scrimmages and could be a major factor in the backfield. 

September 3, 2003
Third-year sophomore tailback Joseph Addai has carried all of 80 times in his career, yet he's taken it upon himself to behave as a veteran. "I feel my role on the team is to help the young guys out," he said. "I'm going to do my part....I'm going to try to set standards from the beginning, and go forward with that frame of mind and stay focused." 

October 8, 2003
With Shyrone Carey slowed by a sprained MCL and Joseph Addai still mired in the funk he has been in this season, the Tigers will rely on a big push up front to get the ball rolling. 

October 12, 2003
Penalties and poor passes knocked the Tigers back while starting tailback Joseph Addai sat on the sidelines with an injured knee. 

November 13, 2003
Over the last three weeks, LSU's rushing attack has been among the best in the SEC, if not the nation. The Tigers' talented trio of freshman running backs have carried their load effectively. With the return of Joseph Addai and Shyrone Carey, the LSU rushing attack is back to full strength. 

November 16, 2003
Since running backs Joseph Addai and Shyerone Carey went down with knee injuries earlier this season, freshmen running backs Alley Broussard and most especially Justin Vincent have stepped in and assumed the front running positions in the Tiger backfield. The result – an explosive rushing attack ... Saban has tried to share the wealth by assigning each back a certain duty in the game ... "Everybody went into the game with a role," Saban said. "Alley (Broussard) played well when he was in there and Joe (Addai) was going to be the third down back." ... Saban added Addai has made much progress since returning from his injury and is almost back to full speed. "He (Addai) had some opportunities to make plays, but the way to get back in sync with things is to have the right attitude in terms of working, being happy and taking advantage of the opportunities that you have," Saban said. "Joe made a couple of good runs tonight and hopefully we will get him back to being his old self soon, really both of them." 

ColtPower Note: Addai had six starts out of 12 game appearances. When he re-injured his right knee, which he had arthroscopic surgery on during the summer prior to the start of the season, he missed two full games and saw limited action in a third. He finished his sophomore season with 520 yards on 114 carries (4.6 avg) and scored twice. He added 14 catches for 86 yards and one touchdown.

Check back tomorrow for the second part of this article, with highlights of Addai's 2004 and 2005 seasons, as well as his postseason highlights from the Combine and his Pro Days, leading right up to his selection as an Indianapolis Colt.

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