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Antwon Bailey

| | College: Syracuse
 
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Overview

Bailey was lightly recruited out of high school, choosing Syracuse over Army and Navy. He saw action as a true freshman in 2008, recording 221 yards on 33 carries (6.7) and 2 scores. Bailey saw more playing time in 2009 as a sophomore with a pair of starts, finishing with 312 yards on 67 attempts (4.7) and 1 touchdown, adding 27 catches for 200 yards (7.4). He was Delone Carter?s back-up in 2010 as a junior, recording 554 yards on 114 carries (4.9) and 2 scores, adding 35 receptions for 306 yards (8.7) and 3 touchdowns. Bailey started every game in 2011 and had his best season as a senior captain, finishing with a team-best 1,051 yards on 240 carries (4.4) and 6 touchdowns, adding 29 catches for 200 yards (6.9) and 1 score, earning First Team All-Big East honors.

Bailey is short but has a strong build and is a hard-nose physical player ? slashing runner with a strong plant foot to make explosive cuts. He had a career year in 2011 as the team?s leading rusher in his only year as the starter and has impressive production catching the ball out of the backfield. Bailey is quicker than fast and won?t break off many long runs, but he consistently picks up chunks of yards and there is a lot to love about his aggressive running style and effort on every play. He has very little return experience, but is an underrated later round prospect with third-down potential.

Analysis

Strengths: Compactly built with good muscle mass on his frame and natural strength. Stays balanced and runs with low pad level and toughness. Has good foot quickness to avoid tackles with very good lateral agility and smooth acceleration. Shows good wiggle with loose hips and a strong plant foot to burst forward with power. A tough, physical inside runner, showing determination and confidence … keeps his legs pumping and doesn't shy from contact. Finishes runs and doesn't leave yards on the field … fierce and violent runner. Takes on defenders in pass protection with a physical nature and isn't afraid to give up his body. Has soft hands out of the backfield and is very active as a receiver (92 career catches with only one year as the full-time starter). Has high football character with attractive leadership and work ethic traits … gets most out of his ability. Took full advantage of his only season as the full-time starter as a senior, ranking third in the conference in rushing and eclipsing the 1,000-yard plateau … also had six 100-yard rushing performances in 2011.

Weaknesses: Short with a filled out frame and doesn't have much growth potential … has the same measureables now as he did coming out of high school. Lacks great speed to consistently threaten the edge and can be caught from behind. Indecisive in the backfield at times when the hole isn't there and tends to dance too much. Has a history of ball security issues and needs to cut down on the fumbles. Will use poor technique in pass protection and has room to improve in this area. Has little experience as a returner and was the full-time starter for only one year (so-so career production … 11 TDs on 454 career carries).

NFL Comparison: Deji Karim, Jacksonville Jaguars

-- Dane Brugler

2010 Season

Played in all 13 games … At Akron, gained 55 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards on four receptions … At Washington, rushed for 16 yards on four carries and caught two passes for 11 yards … Against Maine, rushed for 16 yards on four carries … Against Colgate, caught two passes for 68 yards, including a career-long 37-yard touchdown, and had four rushes for 27 yards … At South Florida, rushed for 81 yards on nine carries and had three receptions for 48 yards. .. Against Pittsburgh, rushed for 25 yards on seven carries and had three recpetions for 13 yards … At West Virginia, gained a season-best 94 yards rushing on 19 carries and caught two passes for 11 yards … At Cincinnatti, had 14 carries for 44 yards and one touchdown and caught four passes for 24 yards, including a five yard touchdown catch … The two touchdowns are a career-high … Against Louisville, had six carries for 22 yards and two catches for five yards … At Rutgers, had three catches for 18 yards and one touchdown, and nine carries for 50 yards … Against Connecticut, had four receptions for 24 yards and one carry for two yards … Against Boston College, rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries and scored his fifth touchdown of the season, either rushing or receiving … Against Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl, gained 50 yards on seven carries and had three receptions for 29 yards.

2009 Season

Suspended for violating team rules after being in car with teammates in November 2009 early-morning crash. Played in 11 games, starting two … Against Minnesota had five rushes for 31 yards and caught one pass for 15 yards … At Penn State rushed for 26 yards on seven carries and made four catches for nine yards … Against Northwestern, had four carries for 26 yards and recorded one catch for 11 yards … Against Maine rushed for 27 yards on five carries and had two catches for 12 yards in his first career start … Against South Florida, had three receptions for 27 yards, including a career-long 16-yard catch, and gained 26 yards on six carries … Against West Virginia, had two carries for seven yards and one reception … Against Akron, gained seven yards on one carry and had two catches … Against Cincinnati, had seven carries for 34 yards and three receptions for 39 yards … At Louisville, had 10 carries for 38 yards and four catches for 36 yards … Against Rutgers, he earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition after he gained 181 all-purpose yards, including 77 yards on 16 carries and his first touchdown of the season on a 14-yard run, averaged 28.5 yards on two kickoff returns, including a career-long 27-yard return, and caught three passes for 47 yards … At Connecticut, had four carries for 13 yards, caught three passes for seven yards, and averaged 17.6 yards on five kickoff returns.

2008 Season

Played in final eight games of the season … Against Pittsburgh, had two carries for five yards in his collegiate debut … At West Virginia, gained 10 yards on three carries … At South Florida, rushed for 10 yards on three carries … Against Louisville, scored his first career touchdown on a 39-yard run in the third quarter … Against Connecticut, had two carries for two yards … At Notre Dame, led SU with a career-best 126 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown … His 26-yard touchdown run up the middle in the fourth quarter ignited SU's come-from-behind victory … At Cincinnati, rushed for 29 yards on four carries.

High School

Gatorade Player of the Year in the Washington D.C. area and first-team All-Met selection … 2007 PrepStar All-Atlantic Region selection … Named Examiner Scholar Athlete of the Year … First-team all-conference for two consecutive years … Selected to the 2007 Pigskin Club Team … Three-time St. Johns College MVP … Scored 45 career touchdowns and rushed for 2,878 yards … As a senior and team captain, gained 1,356 yards on 175 carries and scored 23 touchdowns, in addition to averaging 33.4 yards per punt return and scoring a touchdown on a punt return … As a junior, recorded 751 yards rushing and scored 12 touchdowns … High School Coach: Joe Patterson.

Personal

Antwon Beranardo Bailey … Born in July 1990 in Landover, Md. … Son of Bernice Bailey … Cousin, James Johnson, plays defensive back for Marshall University.

 
Latest News
03/07/2012 - Far from the bright lights and glare of the NFL Scouting Combine held recently in Indianapolis, some 11 football players from last year's Syracuse University team -- and three others from the previous season -- will continue to chase their dreams Thursday at Manley Field House. Four former Orange players who attended the Combine two weeks ago -- Jones, tight end Nick Provo, offensive guard Andrew Tiller and safety Phillip Thomas -- already have had some contact with teams. For running back Antwon Bailey, however, Thursday yields a chance to show himself, up close, to the scouts who travel to Syracuse. Like his teammates who went to the Combine, the 5-foot-7, 197-pound Bailey spent January and most of February in Florida working with professional trainers. But last year's leading Orange rusher was left off of the Combine invite list, so Thursday is a big opportunity for him. "I've pretty much just been working my butt off every Monday through Friday, just trying to chase this dream," Bailey said of his extended Florida visit. "I'm focused on this 100 percent." While Bailey had a productive showing at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (48 yards rushing, one TD and three receptions in the Jan. 21 game) to add to his resume, Thursday's workout gives scouts a personal glimpse of a versatile back who can also catch and block. "I have a lot a film. These guys have seen what I can do," he said. "It's another shopping point for me, another place I can show myself to these guys." - Nolan Weidner, The Post-Standard

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