Jets go to RB with B.J. Askew

Halfback/Fullback University of Michigan Wolverines

Positives…Tall, high-cut athlete with broad shoulders and good muscle development… Powerful inside runner who has the foot speed, agility and balance to pick and slide through the inside holes…Extends his hands properly, catching away from the frame- work…Shows good leg strength and the short area quickness to get through the small seams…Bounces off tackles well and has the power to carry tacklers on his back… Natural receiver with good vision who is especially effective on screens and flat routes… Normal strider with above average acceleration and burst…Has a smooth running stride in the open and can pull through arm tackles…Shows a knack for bouncing off and around the pile to find the goal line.

Negatives…Tweener-type who is strictly a North-South runner, lacking the juking moves needed to make defenders miss at the second level…Lacks consistency as a blocker and does not seem to like facing up to defenders…Does not shows sudden explosion through the holes, relying more on his power than elusiveness…Needs to be more aggressive as a blocker…Bit narrow-based at times, which causes him to stumble when trying to make sharp cuts…Gets strung out a bit trying to turn the corner, as he needs to drop his pads in order to get better movement…While he has natural hands, he is used mostly in swings and screens, as he does not get much separation after the catch…Has a slashing running style with some shiftiness in his hips, but just adequate stop-&-go quickness when trying to elude…Has a little tightness in his hips and needs to improve on getting his shoulders square…Hits the line of scrimmage too high in his stance, resulting in him leaving his feet some, preventing him from getting consistent movement in short yardage situations.

CAREER NOTES

Versatile runner who performed as the team's featured tailback, in addition to lining up at fullback during his career…A great safety valve receiver, he made 83 catches for 777 yards (9.4 avg) with six touchdowns in 48 games as a Wolverine…Carried the ball 343 times for 1580 yards (4.6 avg) and 17 touchdowns.

2002 SEASON

Named the team's Most Valuable Player…Earned All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention…Shared tailback duties with Chris Perry, finishing second on the team with 110 carries for 568 yards (5.2 avg) and six touchdowns…Fourth on the squad with 36 catches for 280 yards (7.8 avg) and a score…Averaged 69.4 all-purpose yards per game.

Washington…Made 7 catches for 50 yards and gained 31 yards on 7 attempts.

Western Michigan…Followed with a 14-yard scoring grab.

Utah…Rushed 5 times for 53 yards and caught 4 passes for 37 yards.

Purdue…Totaled 42 yards with a 2-yard score on 16 runs and 73 yards on 3 receptions.

Michigan State…Exploded for career-high 144 yards on 32 carries, including 1 & 2-yard touchdowns.

Minnesota…Gained 126 yards on 11 attempts with scores of 4 & 59 yards.

Wisconsin…Ran 6 times for 44 yards and a 27-yard touchdown, adding 31 yards on 3 catches.

Ohio State…Totaled 45 yards on 10 runs and 10 yards on 3 grabs.

Florida (Outback Bowl)…Rushed twice for 9 yards and caught 2 passes for 6 yards.

2001 SEASON

All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention…Started eight games at tailback and the Minnesota contest at fullback…Led the team in rushing with 199 carries for 902 yards (4.5 avg) and ten touchdowns…Hauled in 26 passes (third on the team) for 236 yards (9.1 avg) and a pair of scores…Averaged 94.8 all-purpose yards per game…Also recorded a pair of solo tackles.

Miami (Oh.)…Began the season with 20 runs for 94 yards and a 1-yard score, adding 29 yards on a pair of grabs.

Western Michigan…Rushed 15 times for 112 yards with touchdowns of 8 & 26 yards…Had 5 receptions for 66 yards, including a 41-yard score.

Illinois…Gained 80 yards on 19 tries with 13 & 3-yard touchdowns.

Penn State…Snatched 4 passes for 56 yards and collected a season-high 122 yards on 27 attempts.

Purdue…Followed with 16 runs for 63 yards, including 1 & 3-yard scores and caught 6 passes for 30 yards.

Iowa…Rushed 21 times for 64 yards.

Michigan State…Amassed 84 yards on 17 carries.

Minnesota…Moved to fullback, responding with 14 attempts for 81 yards and 2 catches for 13 yards.

Ohio State…Picked up 46 yards on 17 attempts with a 2-yard score.

Tennessee (Citrus Bowl)…Rushed 9 times for 71 yards and grabbed a pair of passes for 23 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown.

2000 SEASON

Played in every game, starting six contests at fullback…Gained 40 yards on 11 carries (3.6 avg) and ranked third on the team with 18 receptions for 257 yards (14.3 avg) and three touchdowns…Returned two kickoffs for 25 yards (12.5 avg).

Bowling Green…In his first career start, he had 3 catches for 87 yards.

Penn State…Snatched 2 passes for 59 yards and a 40-yard score.

Purdue…Added 47 yards on 3 grabs with a 4-yard touchdown.

Auburn (Citrus Bowl)…Made 3 grabs for 26 yards and a score.

1999 SEASON

Appeared in every game, seeing action as a reserve fullback and on special teams…Led the coverage units with 12 tackles (9 solos) and recovered a fumble…Gained 70 yards on 23 carries (3.0 avg), including a touchdown…Caught three passes for 4 yards (1.3 avg).


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