"Big Play Brandon" Inks with Dallas

"Big Play Brandon" Middleton, out of the University of Houston, has come to term with the Dallas Cowboys. Middleton was a First Team, All-Conference USA selection and honorable mention All-America as a senior last season.

Middleton, a wide receiver from Elsik High School in Houston, inked a deal with the Dallas Cowboys earlier this week.

A First Team, All-Conference USA selection and honorable mention All-America as a senior last season, Middleton concluded his career with a banner senior season, one in which the big-play receiver led the Cougars with 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns receiving on 55 receptions. For the third straight season Middleton averaged over 22.0 yards per catch, with the 2003 version of 22.7 ranking him fifth in the nation.

Middleton posted eight 100-yard receiving games this season, including five in Conference USA play. His 2003 total trailed only Pittsburgh?s Larry Fitzgerald's 10, and the eight 100-yard outputs are a new Conference USA season record.

Finishing his career with a consecutive reception streak of 40 games, Middleton lived up to his "Big Play Brandon" mantra, racking up 16 catches of at least 30 yards this season to run his career mark to 38 catches of the 30-yard-or-more variety.

With his 130 yards receiving in the road finale versus Louisville, Middleton topped the 1,000-yard receiving plateau for the first time and became only the seventh player in UH history to do so. His 1,250 yards receiving also is a C-USA record, surpassing the 1,209 set by Louisville's Arnold Jackson during the 1996 campaign.

Middleton finished his career with 2,873 yards receiving, second-best all-time behind Elmo Wright (1968-70) who holds the Houston receiving record with 3,347 yards. Middleton finished third all-time in touchdown catches with 24, and he moved past former teammate Brian Robinson (1999-2002, 135 catches) and into 10th place in receptions with 137. He also finished third all-time in all-purpose yardage with 4,104, trailing Ketric Sanford (1996-99, 5,817) and Chuck Weatherspoon (1987-90, 5,715).

Name: Brandon Middleton School Houston Year 5Sr
Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 184 40: 4.65 Pos: WR

Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after a breakout season, totaling 55/1250/4. Also averaged 24.4 yards on 7 kick returns. Started nine games as a junior posting 28/674/6, after 20/486/1 the prior season when he was used mainly as a backup.

Pos: Hard working prospect that displayed a solid line of improvement throughout college. Quick releasing off the line of scrimmage, displays good eye/hand coordination and times receptions well. Reads the defense and settles into the open spot on the field, looking the pass into his hands. Tracks the ball in flight and adjusts in mid air to catch the errant throw. Shows toughness in traffic, making the difficult reception.

Neg: Slight build and has difficulty battling larger opponents. Lacks the burner speed and strong hands.

Analysis: A prospect on the radar screen coming into the season, Middleton may have earned himself a spot late in the draft with his performance last season. Should be an effective slot receiver and also a productive return specialist.

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