A Closer Look at Houston Texans' Will Fuller With Irish Illustrated

A closer look at Notre Dame's Will Fuller from our friends at Irish Illustrated.

A few observations from our friends at Irish Illustrated on the Scout.com platform. Tim O'Malley gives us the cliffs notes on Will Fuller from his days at Notre Dame

Regarding his functional football speed
  • Forget his (blazing) 4.32 40-time, when you put pads on Will Fuller and the ball in the air, he's the fastest player on the field. Period. 

Regarding his size: 
  • The only drawback in my mind. He's the smallest star athlete I've ever covered. He's very slightly built (just a small frame, and that includes small hands). Never really took a square hit though at ND and that wasn't from a lack of action between the hash marks -- he's a great tunnel screen guy which is crucial since his true strength is getting deep.

Apparent Weakness: 
  • He'll never be the best pass-catcher on a good NFL offense -- small hands. Like, regular guy's size hands, but he won't drop one that matters

Clutch: 
You've probably seen the Virginia game-winner in the final seconds from DeShone Kizer. 

Fuller also won the game at Temple with a TD near the 2:00 mark last year and absolutely torched Adoree Jackson (USC) -- one of the world's fastest humans -- on two tell-tale routes: 

  • Among his scoring receptions this season were TDs of 66, 59, 39, 46, 66, 30, 75, 47, 46, and 73 yards out – the 39-yarder proved to be the game-winner against Virginia in Charlottesville.

Big Game Performances: 
  • Scored TDs against Florida State in Tallahassee, against LSU in the bowl game, against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, against USC as noted above, against Michigan (when that meant something) and against STanford at Stanford last season in what amounted to a "Play-in" game for Notre Dame for the playoffs. 
  • Only bad outing -- vs. Clemson last October in the Hurricane. He seemed disconnected while the rest of the team rallied

Off the Field
  • Good kid, soft-spoken. He has a quiet confidence, not the annoying bravado you run into a lot in sports. 
  • Quietly competitive, for instance, Everett Golson came back to ND for the school's pro day. The last pass of the day was a play-action post to Fuller. Fuller apparently told Golson "You're going to under-throw me. There's no way you can overthrow me on a play-action pass."Golson UNLEASHED a throw that was set to go 75+ yards. Got caught in the netting at the top of Notre Dame's indoor facility. Fuller was almost to the 10-yard line zone when the ball got nestled up top near the 40
  • He scored at least one TD in 21 of final 26 college games

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