Scouting Report: Willie Ponder

Two year starter who made an immediate impact after transferring from Coffeyville JC in 2001. All-American and All-Conference last season, leading the Ohio Valley in every receiving category including 87 receptions for 1,453 yards and 15 touchdowns. Also averaged 21.4 yards on 12 kick returns. Junior totals were 70/1,090/11 as a receiver and 21.5 yards on 13 kick returns.

Name:  Willie Ponder School: SE Missouri St        Year: 5Sr

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 205 40: 4.62 Pos: WR

Bio: Two year starter who made an immediate impact after transferring from Coffeyville JC in 2001.  All-American and All-Conference last season, leading the Ohio Valley in every receiving category including 87 receptions for 1,453 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Also averaged 21.4 yards on 12 kick returns.  Junior totals were 70/1,090/11 as a receiver and 21.5 yards on 13 kick returns.

Pos: Natural receiver who's been very productive the past two seasons.  Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, reads the defense and finds the open spot in the field.  Extends his hands, catches the pass away from his frame and looks the ball in.  Gets up vertically and adjusts nicely to the errant throw.  Improved his route running skills as a senior displaying quickness in and out of his breaks, staying low as he exits them and positioning himself to make the reception.

Neg: Lacks the top end speed or deep acceleration.  Not a big bodied wide out that wins out in battles nor does he always catch the ball cleanly.

Analysis: Only average size/speed numbers but productivity is hard to overlook and his versatility as a kick returner is a plus.  Must play lights out in summer camp but has the skills to make a final roster next September.



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