Scouting Report: Bernard Berrian

With all the focus on David Carr in the Valley last year, many overlooked the exploits of Bernard Berrian, a tremendous skill player that impacts the game every time the ball is in his hands. An offensive machine, Berrian chewed up yardage in 2001 faster than an Indy car racing down the final straight and looked like he'd keep the momentum going this year until a knee injury shelved him in the middle of the first game of the '02 campaign.

Full Name: Bernard Berrian     School: Fresno St

Ht: 6-1     Wt: 177     40: 4.48

Year: 4Sr      Number: 2

Stats/ Bio:  

2001: First-team All-WAC selection and a first-team All-American all-purpose player.  Caught 85/1364/16/13, 32/24.7/1 on kick returns and 41/14.2/1 on punt returnds.  Averaged 17.5 yards every time he touched the ball and became the WAC's all-time single-season leader in all-purpose yards with 2,591, breaking the record held by LaDainian Tomlinson 

2000: Fresno State's leading receiver last year with 43/705/16.4/6 and touchdown receptions of 51, 55 and 71 yards.  10/17.5 on kicks and 15/10.5/1 on punts.

1999: Played in nine games, catching 6/58/9.9/1

Scouting Report:

The Good:   Hard-working, game breaking skill player that impacts the game as both a receiver and return specialist.  Fast, accelerates down the flanks and quick running to daylight if given any open space on the field.  Looks the pass into his hands, adjusting to the oncoming throw and reaching back to grab the errant pass.   Comes back the the ball out of his breaks or works his way back to the quarterback if the play breaks down, always trying to make himself an available target.  Catches the pass in stride and loses no momentum running down the field if making the deep reception.  Works to pick up positive yardage running after the catch. Terrific body control, sense of timing and overall football awareness. 

The Bad:  Lacks the second gear and has a slight build.  Out-positioned or out-muscled by bigger opponents and does not posses the strong hands.  Started off like a house on fire during the first game of the 2002 season but injured his knee and has since decided to take a red-shirt year.  

The Skinny:   Carried late first round grades coming into the season and should do as well, if not better, entering 2003.

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