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Posted on: March 4, 2010 2:28 pm
 

S Newton the surprise star at Buffalo Pro Day

The scouts may have came for running back James Starks or wideout Naaman Roosevelt, but they left the Buffalo Bulls Pro Day yesterday talking about safety Mike Newton.

Newton, despite being a four-year starter and two-time second team All-MAC selection, was not invited to the Combine.

Newton posted numbers that rivaled the best Indianapolis had to offer -- running twice in the mid 4.4s, posting a 41" vertical jump, a 10' broad jump, 6.94 three-cone drill and a 4.17 second showing in the short shuttle.

Recognized for his reliable open field tackling and willingness to lower his shoulder into receivers running across the middle, Newton was previously characterized as good football player, but not likely to impress in workouts -- one of the reasons scouts gave as to why he wasn't among those invited to the Combine. Newton, in fact, along with Utah's Robert Johnson, were identified as two senior safeties scouts thought typically would have been invited to Indianapolis, but were left out due to the high number of juniors invited, instead.

Roosevelt, also not invited to the Combine, was solid in positional drills, but was unable to completely alleviate concerns about his deep speed, clocking in at 4.60. This time, however, was considerably better than the 4.8s scouts had timed him last spring. Roosevelt, a two-time first team MAC choice with a litany of single season and career records for the Bulls, had previously been measured at the East-West Shrine Game (6-0, 1/4, 190 pounds). He showed more explosiveness than expected, reaching 37" in the vertical jump.

Running back James Starks elected not to do any of the positional drills after an impressive all-around showing at the Combine. He did participate in running back drills, proving smooth and athletic, according to those in attendance.

Posted on: November 9, 2009 2:39 pm
 

LSU: RB Charles Scott done for the year

LSU has announced via their website that senior running back Charles Scott, ranked as high as second this season at the position by NFLDraftScout.com, will miss the rest of the year due to the broken clavicle (collarbone) he suffered in the second half of Saturday's showdown with Alabama.

Ironically enough, the injury occurred on Scott's most impressive play of the game, a 34-yard run in the third quarter.

The loss of Scott is a significant blow to the LSU offense and further weakens an already shaky senior running back class. Buffalo's James Starks, viewed as a potential mid round pick prior to the season, underwent surgery to correct a labrum tear back in August.

A broken clavicle rarely requires surgery. Typically, the rehabilitation begins with a simple sling and pain medication, so that the broken bone has the time to heal itself. Typical recovery time is 6-12 weeks, though if muscles around the bone were torn, the rehabiliation can take much longer. Scott's injury will be an obvious focal point for the team doctors and x-ray technicians at the Combine.

Scott led the Tigers with 83 yards against the Tide and was leading the team in rushing for the season (542 yards and 4 TDs). He finishes his LSU career sixth on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,372 rushing yards. Scott rushed for 1,174 and a conference-leading 18 rushing touchdowns in 2008, earning first all-SEC accolades by the coaches.
Posted on: September 30, 2009 1:07 pm
 

Stafon Johnson Horror Latest Blow to '10 RB class

The horrific mishap that led to USC senior running back Stafon Johnson undergoing an emergency tracheotomy and reconstructive surgery on his throat fortunately was enough to save the young man's life. Johnson's injury, explained by Dr. Gudata Hinika, the trauma medical director at California Hospital Medical Center, likely would have killed a regular person. Only Johnson's muscular build saved and the quick reactions of the USC weight room staff and the medics at California Hospital Medical Center kept this story from being a tragic one.

"Had that been any one of us, meaning me, we would have not survived," Hinika said. "His neck was so solid, so muscular ... and the discipline that one learns from being athletic also really helped him to calm down and just do what he needed to do. He took instruction very well. All this combination and his physical fitness contributed to his outcome."
Following more than 7 hours of surgery, Johnson has stabilized and has shared in non-verbal communication with family and friends. Though his rehabilitation will keep him from playing in another game for USC, doctors believe that he can have a full recovery, keeping Johnson's dreams of playing in the NFL a realistic option.

For NFL teams needing help at running back, that assessment is a great one, as Johnson had emerged as one of the best senior backs in the country. The season-ending loss of Buffalo's James Starks to a labral tear and Oregon's LaGarratte Blount to suspension for fighting had already weakened the crop, especially for bigger backs.

Don't be surprised if there is a mass exodus of underclassmen backs this year in response to the vacuum.


Posted on: August 25, 2009 12:41 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2009 12:43 pm
 

Buffalo RB James Starks' Collegiate Career Over

An already weak senior crop of running backs took a hit Tuesday with the news that 6-2, 211 pound James Starks will miss the 2009 season after tests revealed a labral tear in his shoulder that will require surgery and 4-6 months of rehabilitation, according to head coach Turner Gill.

Starks, who redshirted as a freshman, does not have any eligibility remaining. He'll have the option of petitioning the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility or begin the process of rehabilitating with an eye toward impressing scouts at the 2010 Combine.

Starks, Buffalo's career rushing leader (3,140 yards, 34 TDs), exploded onto the scene last year, rushing for 1,333 yards and 16 touchdowns in helping lead the Bulls to their first MAC title and a berth in the International Bowl, the first bowl game in school history. The total, the most in a single-season in Buffalo history, came despite Starks missing nearly three full games due to injury.

A lanky runner with good burst to get upfield and surprising strength, Starks had been pegged by scouts as a middle-round pick capable of moving up the board with good workouts.



 
 
 
 
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