State of the Texans enlisted the help of fellow Scout.com publisher Jackson Moore who covers the San Jose State Spartans.
He helped give his look on new running back Tyler Ervin
In 2015, Ervin crossed the goalline 10 times in just the first four games of the season, capping that stretch off with 42 carries for 300 yards against rival Fresno State. Seven days after that massive performance, he fearlessly led the Spartans to Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn and helped keep the underdog SJSU team within striking distance with a respectable 165 yards on 27 carries.
However, what was most impressive of the five-game stretch was that San Jose State did not have their quarterback situation handled until week six. SJSU was limited to 150 passing yards or less in two of the five contests and only eclipsed 255 passing yards against an FCS opponent. Ervin was the only priority that the opposition had to key on, yet he could not be figured out.
Ervin did not have the threat of a downfield passing game until the second half of the season, but he did have the threat of different schemes. Headed by a respected, veteran offensive coordinator Al Borges, Ervin’s team ran a multiple scheme. When San Jose State had the advantage between the tackles, the offense would line up under center and grind out the game with Ervin. When the Spartans needed to stretch the field, they played a spread scheme with Ervin taking read-option runs into space. In college, he was a threat whether it was a power or finesse game.
In the pre-draft process, some compared Ervin to Darren Sproles. Ervin can certainly work out in space and had 45 receptions as a senior to prove his hands. Don’t count Ervin out as an all-around back, however. He’s not the biggest back, but always seemed to amaze in how he handled such a large workload without dropping off nor suffering injury. Expect Ervin to be a solid weapon for the Texans regardless of how they decide to use him.
Off the field, Ervin is as nice of a guy as you can meet. He was a leader by example at San Jose State and was extremely even-tempered both on the field and in the post-game press conferences. It was almost hard to comprehend how such a genuinely nice person could dominate on the football field. In my time covering mid-major football on the West Coast, Ervin is in a very small class of players who were both elite talents on the football field and seemingly exceptional people off of it.