Ciatrick Fason NFL Bio

The official NFL bio on the Vikings' fourth-round draft pick, running back Ciatrick Fason.

Ciatrick Fason
Position: Running Back
College: Florida
Height: 6-1
Weight: 207
Hometown: Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

OVERVIEW A model of consistency, Fason played in every game during his career (38), earning 15 starts. He became the first Florida runner to lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing since 1993. Fason is also only the seventh player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season.

Fason was one of the nation's elite prep running backs at Fletcher High School. He gained consensus All-America recognition in 2001 from Parade, Prep Star and SuperPrep. National Bluechips, SuperPrep and Prep Star rated him one of the two top running backs in the country. He also earned prestigious Class 5A Mr. Football in Florida honors and was a four-time team MVP. Fason rushed for over 7,400 career yards and completed his career as the state of Florida's fifth all-time leading rusher and tops in Northeast Florida history. He rushed for over 2,000 yards twice -- 1999 and 2001.

Fason was so intent on attending the University of Florida that he verbally committed on Signing Day 2001 and did not visit any other schools. He saw action in every game as a true freshman in 2002, but only carried the ball nine times for 27 yards and a score. Despite sharing playing time with Ran Carthon and starting only two games, Fason ranked second on the team with 583 yards and three touchdowns on 84 carries (6.9 avg) in 2003. He also gained 142 yards with three scores on 11 receptions (12.9 avg).

With Carthon having graduated, Fason took over the starting tailback duties in 2004. He earned All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors from the Associated Press, as he led the conference in rushing. He had the sixth-best single-season rushing total in school history with 1,267 yards on 222 carries (5.7 avg), adding 10 touchdowns on the ground. He ranked third on the squad with 35 receptions for 266 yards (7.6 avg) and a pair of scores. Fason closed out his career with 315 carries for 1,877 yards (6.0 avg) and 14 touchdowns. He also hauled in 46 passes for 408 yards (8.9 avg) and five scores.

ANALYSIS Positives: Has good upper-body muscle development, good bubble, adequate chest thickness, thick calves and a frame that can carry some additional bulk … Shows good flexibility, quickness, balance and leaping ability … Displays quick initial movement and has the lateral agility to gain advantage when turning the corner … Has enough awareness to pick and slide through the holes and make the initial tackler miss … Has adequate speed to hit the seam and shows good acceleration on his cuts … Not a shake-and-bake type, showing more weave in his running style … Does make an effort to secure the ball before running and fumbling is not an issue … Has the foot quickness and flexibility to stretch and extend for the pass at its high point … Good route runner who shows some flashes of quickness coming out of his breaks … Has natural hands and is very effective at getting to off-target throws … Not a face-up type of blocker, but usually does a decent job cut blocking in the open … Lacks the timed speed to elude, but his slashing style and hip wiggle generally helps him escape the pile.

Negatives: More quick than fast, having only adequate timed speed … Lacks the strength to move the pile, but does show good balance and the ability to pick and slide through trash … Has enough speed to get through the hole and make the first tackler miss, but in an open-field foot race, he will need at least a step on the opponent in order to gain big yardage … Not used as a lead blocker, as he can be pushed back through the hole … Does a marginal job of picking up the blitz, as he does not show a lot of intent in this area.

INJURY REPORT No injuries reported.

AGILITY 4.65 in the 40-yard dash (4.57 wind-aided) … 4.24 20-yard shuttle … 12.07 60-yard shuttle … 6.72 three-cone drill … 36-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-10 broad jump … 30-inch arm length … 8 7/8-inch hands.

HIGH SCHOOL Attended Fletcher (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) High School, playing football for coach Joe Reynolds … Gained consensus All-America recognition in 2001, including Parade, Prep Star and SuperPrep … National Bluechips, SuperPrep and Prep Star rated him one of the two top running backs in the country … Also earned prestigious Class 5A Mr. Football in Florida honors and was a four-time team MVP … Rushed for over 7,400 career yards and completed his career as the state of Florida's fifth all-time leading rusher and tops in Northeast Florida history … Rushed for over 2,000 yards twice -- 1999 and 2001.

PERSONAL Social and Behavioral Sciences major … Son of Barbara Fason … Born Ciatrick Antione Fason on Oct. 29, 1982, in Atlanta, Ga. … Resides in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.


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