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Zurlon Tipton, RB

School: Central Michigan  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Detroit, MI
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 223 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

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Player Overview

Tipton slid under the radar for two reasons - first, he played for Central Michigan. Second, he broke his ankle in the season opener in 2013 and wasn't able to return until November.

When Tipton returned, he rushed for 398 yards on 74 attempts - averaging 5.4 yards per carry and scoring eight touchdowns.

That come on the heels of a 20-touchdown junior season in which Tipton rushed for nearly 1,500 yards.

Tipton got back on the radar of many NFL scouts with a strong showing at his pro day.

?I would say it was a good day,? Tipton told The Morning Call. ?I came out, ran some good times, and impressed a lot of people. I was mostly just trying to have fun for the last time with my boys. At the same time, I wanted to show the scouts what I can do.?

One of the reasons Tipton worked to return for the final four games of his senior season is he has already earned his degree and had decided he would not seek another year of eligibility.

?Leaving it is kind of hard, but you knew the day was coming," he told the Morning Call. "You don?t sign 10-year deals in college. After four years, you have to be expecting that day. I had a great time here and it?s always sad to see something go. I had already graduated from school and to be honest, it was kind of a done deal knowing I wasn?t going to come back and finish my Master?s degree and stuff like that. I got my degree and that is the first goal when you come to college. Goal accomplished and I still stand behind my decision.?

Strengths Weaknesses

Excellent size for the position. Showed excellent determination in returning from season-opening broken ankle in 2013 to play by November when most expected he would seek a medical redshirt. Relishes the underdog role despite coming from a smaller program. Credited with a 4.70-second 40-yard dash at his March 5 pro day, which more resembles NFL fullbacks than running backs.
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05/13/2014 - Indianapolis Colts Agree to Terms with 19 Undrafted Free Agents: Running back Zurlon Tipton, 6-0, 221 pounds, ranks fourth in Central Michigan history with 34 career rushing touchdowns. As a senior, he was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List while earning the 2013 CMU Gridiron Gladiator Award. As a team captain last season, Tipton rushed for 398 yards on 74 attempts while leading the team with a 5.4 yards per rush average and eight touchdowns. In a Senior Day victory over Eastern Michigan, he rushed for 216 yards on 20 carries while adding four touchdowns and a career-long 86-yard score. In 2012, Tipton was named a Second Team All-MAC recipient while being selected as the CMU Most Valuable Player. His 1,492 rushing yards that season ranked fourth in Central Michigan history while his 19 rushing and 20 total touchdowns tied for the second-most ever by a Chippewa. Tipton finished the regular season having recorded seven-straight 100-yard games. - Indianapolis Colts


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