Name: Terrence Ganaway
Best Comparison: LeGarrette Blount, Tampa
Proj. Draft Position:: Late 3rd to Early 4th Round
Injury History: None to date -
Career Accolades: 2011 1st Team All-Big 12 2011 Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP
Key Stats: 2011: 250 carries, 1,547 yards, 21 TDs (6.2 y/c)
2011: 6 gms of 120+ yds, including 3 gms of 200+ yds INJURY HISTORY None to date
Never receiving more than 109 carries in 3 seasons as a reserve runner at Houston and Baylor, Terrence Ganaway broke out as a senior, exploding for 1,547 yards and 21 touchdowns on 250 carries (6.2 yards per carry). Has only one season under his belt as the featured back and never was a productive receiver out of the backfield which is a concern.
Powerful runner to and thru the hole, is light on his feet, and can bounce runs outside with fluidity. Runs behind his pads with an impressive combination of strength and balance; thick bodied and tough to bring down. Patient on outside zone runs, allowing blocks to develop, and quick feet enable Ganaway to make sharp cuts to slip into the running lane. Between the tackles, Ganaway has a downhill mentality and one cut mindset, wasting no time in the backfield.
Very decisive and maitains low pad level to and through the hole. Violent and authoratative runner that finishes his runs with power. Churns his feet through contact and has strong leg drive throughout the game; combination of both strength and balance make him a very effective interior runner. Understands how to utilize his frame well, consistently running behind his pads. Can punish opposing tacklers by lowering his shoulder at contact. Rarely loses yardage, always dropping his head down and falling forward. Low tacklers bounce off of Ganaway because of his solid, dense build, thick lower trunk, and massive thighs. Contributes as a pass catcher with soft hands and good run after catch ability.
Struggles with his balance in traffic, lacking elite body control; will trip up over his linemen's feet. Biggest issue is Ganaway's effort level and inconsistency in pass protection; at times, will give poor effort getting into position for blitz pickups; other times, he displays his strength at the point of attack, stunning opposing rushers right away. I'm not completely sold on Ganaway's 3rd down skills, but, his ability to run effectively between the tackles make him an appealing short-yardage, goal-line, or change-of-pace back. A better athlete than given credit for, Ganaway's workout numbers could push him up into the 3rd round range.