- Senior TB Ryan Houston scored two touchdowns, one from one-yard out, the other from two - in the win over Virginia to give him 21 rushing touchdowns in his career. Of the 21 TDs, 14 of them have been for two yards or less. - The Sports Xchange
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Ryan Houston was the #21 high school RB prospect in the nation according to Rivals in 2007, and was also a star on the basketball team.
Houston immediately joined a crowded UNC backfield as a true Freshman in 2007. His best season was 2009, where he had 713 yards rushing and 9 TDs. During the spring game of 2010, Houston fractured a scapula. Then he got suspended, and ended up taking 2010 off completely. In 2011, in a back-up role to Giovani Bernard, Houston had 325 yards and 7 TDs.
As an NFL Draft prospect, Houston is clearly a good short yardage back who can push the pile. Beyond that as a RB, Houston isn't fast, elusive, or a great receiver. Projected to move to FB in the NFL, Houston certainly has the size, but is high hipped, runs upright, and has never demonstrated blocking skills beyond pass protection and blitz pick-up.
Strengths: Is a big powerful runner who really started to look the part before injury. Has a nose for the end zone. Accelerates and turns well for a back his size. Good at pass blocking/blitz pick-up.
Weaknesses: Runs high and upright. Not fast. Never played FB. Not natural catching the ball. High hipped frame may not be well suited for NFL FB position. Was always below an average of 4 yards per carry in every season at UNC.
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