Highlight Reel #2: Joseph Addai

ColtPower brings you part two of the "greatest hits" from Joseph Addai's college years -- the highlights and best quotes from the numerous articles posted at Scout.com about him to date. 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.

ColtPower continues our highlight reel coverage of Joseph Addai's collegiate career. If you missed the first article, you can click here and then return to this article. Again, we thank the great writers at our LSU affiliate, Tiger Rag, as most of the quotes below are pulled from their numerous articles about Joseph Addai, unless otherwise noted.

Photo: Tiger Rag/M. Jason Brown

March 27, 2004
Joseph Addai split his time between running back and receiver drills. Addai is a natural pass-catcher, and should fit in well at either position next season. 

April 19, 2004
Possibly the deepest and most talented backfield in all of college football, the combination of Justin Vincent, Shyrone Carey, Joseph Addai, Alley Broussard and Barrington Edwards may give LSU the most electrifying stable of backs in Division I-A. 

August 16, 2004
"We certainly have some guys that are setting a very good example out there in how they go about their work every day, and what they do and how they affect other people, and that's a part of leadership. I have been pleased with that. I am talking about guys like Joseph Addai..." -- LSU head coach Nick Saban

August 17, 2004 
"He (Addai) is still doing both (running back and receiver)," Saban said. "He is a doing a good job running the ball, but is improving as a wide receiver. He is a big-bodied guy who makes catches even when he is covered close."

October 5, 2004
"The players of the week are (running back) Joseph Addai , who did a very good job on offense...." -- Nick Saban 

October 11, 2004 (at Florida)
Then Joseph Addai, lost in the shuffle during last season's run to the national title. The junior running back emerges as the Tigers hardest running back and has the game of his career capped by the game-winning reception ... LSU set up the touchdown pass as Addai knocked big holes in the reeling Florida defensive line of 16, 12 and 6 yards prior to his touchdown catch ... Joseph Addai's 93-yard performance against the Gators coupled with his other outings make him the Fighting Tigers' leading rusher with 300 yards on 34 attempts. An average of 8.8 yards per carry ... 

ColtPower Note: Check out this feature story also dated October 11th: Addai Rises from the Ashes  

October 31, 2004
While Randall called his own number eight times for 68 yards, Alley Broussard's nine attempts for 80 yards and Joseph Addai's 14 carries for 77 yards paced an LSU running game that rolled up 273 yards. That averaged out to 6.2 yards per rush. 

November 21, 2004
Along with Broussard's 26-carry performance, Joseph Addai added 107 yards of his own on 14 carries and each tailback punctuated their nights with a run of over 50 yards. 

November 28, 2004
Some hard running by Broussard and a pair of third down conversions led to the Tigers first touchdown of the game, a 20-yard strike from Randall to Joseph Addai with 7:38 left to play in the opening period. 

Getty Images Photo/Streeter Lecka

September 28, 2005 
Joseph Addai did all he could to help the struggling offense. For the game, he rushed 15 times for 73 yards and one touchdown. His 19 yard touchdown began the first half offense, but with a struggling passing game in the second half, the defense could key in on him. "Addai has done a good job all year," said Whitworth. "He is a great guy for us and a great leader. He is someone we can always lean on." 

September 30, 2005
Joseph Addai is heralded as one of the most versatile players in the SEC on the offensive side of the ball. 

October 1, 2005
Running back Joseph Addai led the way on the ground for the Tigers, totaling 86 yards on 17 carries with a 1-yard touchdown. 

October 17, 2005
Joseph Addai put together the best game of his career rushing for 156 yards on 32 carries (also a career high) and the game-winning touchdown with 12:35 left to play. October 23, 2005 With Joseph Addai's 4-yard reception late in the first quarter, the senior has now collected at least one reception in 14 straight games. Addai also went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the fifth time in his career and the fourth time this season. Addai finished the game with 105 yards on 24 carrries. 

October 31, 2005
On the ground, LSU got a bit of a scare in the first quarter when Joseph Addai came up gimpy after he scored the Tigers first touchdown of the game. 

January 3, 2006 (Peach Bowl)
LSU had a chance to rest for a few weeks after playing 11 games in a row without a break. You can't understate what that meant, from healed running back Joseph Addai to an offensive line that was dominant, to a defense that was animalistic ... Joseph Addai, who simply was not himself in November, was a running machine against Miami, rushing for 130 yards and a TD, while catching a pass for another. Tigers shock Miami in Peach Bowl 40-3

AP Photo/John Harrell

January 28, 2006 (Senior Bowl Notes, TFY Draft Preview)

Weigh-In Notes: Slender yet cut and well built.
Monday Practice Notes: Hides extremely well behind his line and explodes through the hole. Showed deceptive speed. 
Tuesday Practice Notes: He had a mostly solid session and found success on most of his runs. Addai ran with power while showing some elusiveness. The only negative is that he runs a little too high. 
Wednesday Practice Notes: He ran with very good power and elusiveness and also did a good job of catching the ball out of the backfield. Addai does a good job of reading his blocks and runs with agility. 
Thursday Practice Notes: He did a good job of hitting the hole and found daylight on several runs. He dropped two passes but then rebounded to make a great catch about 20 yards downfield in traffic down the sideline. 
Final Analysis: After starting off slow earlier in the week, Addai picked up the pace and finished off strong. He tends to with an upright style but runs hard through the hole with a little wiggle. He ran with patience and sets up his runs well. He helped himself this week. 

March 5, 2006 (Warpaint Illustrated)
Addai was far and away the best running back that worked out at this year's combine. With Reggie Bush, Laurence Maroney, LenDale White, and DeAngelo Williams all sitting out the drills it was the 6'0" 214lb Addai who stole the spotlight. With a time of 4.37 in the forty-yard dash and a strong showing in the receiving drills he has narrowed the gap between him and the other top five tailbacks. 

April 2, 2006
Ian Greengross, the agent for LSU's Joseph Addai told ColtPower on Saturday that the versatile running back will be flying to Indianapolis to visit with the Colts on Monday.
Addai Could be James' Successor in Indy  

April 3, 2006 (ColtPower)
Q: Out of all that you do, what do you have the most fun doing on the football field?
Joseph Addai: Winning. When you go out there and do your job and defeat the opposing team it's a lot of fun. And I'm the kind of person who likes to go out there and have fun while I'm playing the game. At the same time, I put out one hundred percent. 
Five Questions with Joseph Addai and "I'm an Every-Down Back"  

April 4th, 2006 (ColtPower)
Q: Can you envision yourself being the guy that Peyton Manning is handing the ball off to next year? And does it overwhelm you at all?
Joseph Addai: Yeah, I can envision myself being that person. I know it's a real high-powered offense and that Peyton Manning wants victories. And I like playing with a person who likes to win. At LSU we weren't really comfortable with losing. So I think I could fit in there.
Opportunity in Indy  

April 7th, 2006 (TFY Draft Chat)
"Addai has the chance to develop into a feature runner- he is also moving up draft boards as some teams have moved him ahead of LenDale White on draft boards." -- Tony Pauline, TFY Draft Preview 

April 21, 2006 (TFY Draft Preview) 
Bio: LSU's feature back as a senior after sporadically playing with the first team the prior two years. Rushing totals included 187/911/9 with 20/180/1 receiving. Posted 680 yards on the ground as a junior and career-best receiving numbers of 26/294/4. 

Pos: Explosive running back moving up draft boards. Patient runner with outstanding instincts, vision and speed. Makes defenders miss in the open field, deceptively strong and breaks tackles. Fast enough to beat defenders around the corner. Solid receiver who adjusts to the errant throw and catches the pass with his hands. 

Neg: Runs with an upright style. Marginally productive as a blocker. 

Analysis: A high-motor player who does the extras to become better, Addai is slowly developing a complete game. Coming off a terrific senior campaign he is poised to become a starting ball carrier at the next level. 

April 29, 2006 (ColtPower) 
Ed Thompson ran into a Colts' representative who said he was "real, real pleased" with the selection of Joseph Addai, saying he was definitely the guy they wanted. He also indicated the Colts' were planning on drafting either Addai or DeAngelo Williams depending on how things turned out.
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