J.C. Copeland, FB

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: LaGrange, GA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 271 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.952.691.7123 28 1/29'3"4.587.68

Player Overview

A three-star defensive end recruit, Javoddron Reon Holloway ?J.C.? Copeland was committed to Tennessee for almost a year before switching his allegiance to LSU on signing day. The Tigers? coaching staff moved him to fullback as a true freshman, spending most of 2010 and 2011 as a reserve blocker. Copeland set career-bests in 2012 as a junior with 21 carries for 67 yards and 4 touchdowns over 12 starts, falling just short of those numbers in 2013 as a senior. He is well strapped together and is built like a bowling ball, but needs to find his consistent playing weight and lose some bad pounds. Copeland is an adequate athlete with average speed, but is at his best when he stays low to the ground and uses his natural momentum and balance to propel him forward with his intense on-field temperament. Humble teammate off the field with a gentle giant persona. He has similar blocking intensity as 2010 5th round pick John Conner, but isn?t the same type of athlete and won?t have the same impact on special teams.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Thickly-built throughout and carries a lot of weight on his frame. Long arms and big hands. Hungry ballcarrier and the type of runner defenders don?t enjoy tackling. Keeps his pads low and legs churning to power through and over bodies. Truck in short-yardage and goal line situations. Blows up defenders and constantly looking for the big hit. Highly competitive with a non-stop aggressive play style. Plays angry and tenacious, bringing an intimidation factor to the field. Quality teammate with a likeable personality.

WEAKNESSES: Extreme weight fluctuation with a playing weight between 250 and 290 pounds the past few seasons. Not a technically sound blocker and looks to de-cleat instead of engaging. Too often goes for the knockout blow instead of sustaining and driving his man out of the play. Needs to keep his intensity under control post whistle ? several personal foul penalties on his resume and plays like a volcano ready to erupt. Plays tight and won?t easily turn directions. Inconsistent ballskills with questionable ball security. Only 7 career catches with inconsistent hand-eye coordination and deficient route running ability. Minimal college production with only 92 career rushing yards and 7 scores.

--Dane Brugler

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01/18/2014 - In four years at LSU, J.C. Copeland earned a reputation for being a bruising fullback that often led running backs into the end zone. On Saturday afternoon, Copeland showed he can get the ball in the end zone on his own just fine, too. Copeland ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns to earn MVP honors, Stanford running back Anthony Wilkerson ran for 67 yards and a touchdown and Team National used a second half surge to beat Team American 31-17 in the third annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. "You picture it in your mind before you play the game and it just happened," Copeland said. "It's an amazing thing that I was put in a position to do it and I took advantage of it."

Copeland, a 6-foot-1, 270-pound former defensive tackle, never had a multi-touchdown game in 42 career games at LSU. "We originally didn't have him in a running back position, he was always leading as a blocker," said National coach Dick Vermeil, formerly the head coach of the Chiefs, Eagles and Rams. "When we saw him on the field, we said when we get down the field and it's inches to go, we might as well give it to the 270-pounder." Vermeil has now guided the National to victory in all three installments of the game. Former Vikings and Cardinal coach Dennis Green guided the American side. The game was tied at 14 at halftime, but the National scored on its first three possessions of the second half to cruise to victory. - AP Sports



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