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Tandon Doss

| | College: Indiana
 
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Overview

The finalist for Indiana's 2007 Mr. Football award as the state's best player stepped into a reserve role as a true freshman (14 receptions, 186 yards, one touchdown in eight games), then saw his career took off over the next two seasons as he replaced James Hardy as the team's biggest playmaker. Like Hardy, Doss decided to leave early for the NFL after a strong junior year.

Doss garnered second-team All-Big 10 accolades from league coaches by leading the conference in all-purpose yards (77-962-5 receiving, 14-127-1 rushing 25-533 kick returns, 4-44 punt returns.) Coaches voted him first-team all-conference in 2010 and he finished in the top 10 nationally in all-purpose yards. Though he had fewer receptions (63-706-7), he accumulated more on rushes (28-163-1) and returns (41-1,016 on kickoffs, 7-49 on punts).

Doss could be in a similar position as Hardy, waiting through part of the second round before hearing his name called. His hands and strength will actually remind scouts more of one of Cleveland's 2008 second-round picks, Mohamed Massaquoi than Hardy. The depth at receiver this year could push him into the third because he lacks great speed and elusiveness. With work on his fundamentals, however, Doss could have a long career as a No. 2 receiver.

Analysis

Release: Tall, high-cut receiver who is stiff coming off the line. Plays in the slot and outside, does not often get pressed because smaller college corners may lose the battle. Needs to show he can beat the jam with his hands. If allowed to come off free, he effectively uses his long strides to get down the sideline but may struggle to separate against NFL corners.

Hands: His best asset, scouts will like his hands and ability to concentrate in traffic. Gets his hands out in front when receiving passes. Extends outside of his frame for high, wide and low throws. Can bring in throws one-handed and continue downfield. Tracks the ball over either shoulder, raises his hands up to make the grab instead of cradling. Has height and vertical to go up over corners, but must play physically and want the ball more than veteran NFL corners. Has improved the consistency of his concentration after dropping catchable balls early in his career.

Route running: Needs to be more consistent in his route-running to succeed in the NFL. Flashes suddenness and foot quickness on some jerk and comeback routes but is lazy on other routes when he is not the primary target. Must get his head around quicker to find passes. Takes advantage of five-receiver sets to find holes inside on zones, needs to prove he can be physical to create separation against man coverage.

After the catch: Tough runner after the catch. Takes hits over the middle, keeps his balance to plow forward. Lowers his head to bull over cornerbacks in the open field; unfortunately he also lowers his head instead of using vision to elude defenders. Turns after hitch routes to get upfield but is not overly quick about it. One of the team's best athletes, was used often on bubble screens and fly-sweeps to get the ball in his hands. Productive kick returner because of his strength and open-field stride, though his vision is only adequate and has average elusiveness and straight-line speed.

Blocking: Gives limited effort as a blocker, especially when the run is not to his side. Flashes the strength to wall off his defender, however, and has the size to do so.

Intangibles: Confident but quiet player. Well-liked in the locker room, leads by example rather than with words.

2010 Season

During the 2010 regular season, Doss led the Big Ten and finished fourth nationally with 175.8 all-purpose yards per game. He closed out the year with 63 receptions, 706 receiving yards, seven touchdowns, 1,016 kick return yards, 163 rushing yards and 49 punt return yards. The Indianapolis native's 1,641 all-purpose yards rank seventh on IU's single-season list. Doss also ranks sixth in single-season receptions and he became the sixth player in Big Ten history with 1,000 or more kick return yards in a single season, finishing the year with the fourth-best total in Big Ten history and the top total in Hoosier lore.

Additionally, he closed 2010 second in the Big Ten in receptions per game (5.73), fifth in receiving scores, sixth in kick return average (24.8) and eighth in yards per game (64.2). Doss ranks in the top 10 on Indiana's career list in receptions (fourth; 154), kick return yards (fourth; 1,549), receiving yards (seventh; 1,854) and all-purpose yards (seventh; 3,786).

2009 Season

Selected first team All-Big Ten by the conference media and second team by the league's coaches … earned first team All-Big Ten recognition from Phil Steele's magazine and named CollegeFootballNews.com All-Big Ten … Led team in receptions in nine games and receiving yards eight times … paced the team with 962 yards, 77 receptions, five touchdowns (tied), 80.2 yards per game and 348 yards after the catch (36.2 percent of yardage) … finished second in the Big Ten and 30th nationally in yards per game and third in the league and tied for 22nd nationally in catches per game (6.64) … 962 yards were 35th in the country and the ninth most for an underclassman … closed out the year second on IU's single-season receptions list, just two shy of current Buffalo Bill James Hardy's record of 79 in 2007, and fifth in the school's single-season yardage rankings … posted three 100-yard receiving games (four in career) and made at least five catches in 11 of the 12 contests … owned 533 kick return yards (21.3 average, 10th in Big Ten), 127 rushing yards (9.1 yards per carry), 44 punt return yards and led the conference and ranked 36th in the country with 138.8 all-purpose yards per contest … finished ninth on IU's single-season list with 1,666 all-purpose yards, surpassed 100 all-purpose yards in seven of the last nine games and eight times overall … compiled over 150 all-purpose yards on five occasions and eclipsed the 200-yard mark twice … along with teammate Damarlo Belcher, became first duo in IU history to each collect 60-plus receptions and 700-plus yards in a season … their 138 combined catches rank first in Hoosier lore (third in Big Ten in 2009) and 1,732 yards sit second (second in Big Ten in 2009) … also ranked first in all-purpose yards per game, second in yards per game, third in receptions per game, ninth in scoring and 10th in kick return average in league games only.

Appeared in all 12 games and started 10 times … accounted for 28 20-plus yard plays, including 13 receiving, 12 kick returns, two rushing and one punt return … scored on three of those with 46- and 44-yard receiving touchdowns and a 25-yard rush … made six catches over 30 yards, three over 40 and one over 50 … set a career mark with 130 yards on seven catches with a 44-yard TD win vs. Illinois … returned one kick for 25 yards and rushed once for 10 yards … opened the season with eight catches for 125 yards and 157 all-purpose yards in win over Eastern Kentucky … hauled in five balls for 104 yards with a career-long 56-yarder, returned two kicks for 48 yards and carried the ball three times for 41 yards, including a 25-yard TD, en route to 193 all-purpose yards at No. 23 Michigan … posted a career-best nine receptions for 76 yards with 47 kick return yards at Virginia … netted a career-high 242 all-purpose yards vs. Purdue, the second-highest total for all Big Ten players in league games only … returned six kicks for a career-best 139 kick return yards, made four catches for 51 yards and rushed three times for 35 yards against the Boilermakers.

Recorded first two-touchdown game of career and first for a Hoosier since Hardy (at Northwestern - Oct. 11, 2007) with a pair of scores, including a career-long 46-yarder, vs. No. 24 Wisconsin … brought in six balls for 92 yards, returned four kicks for 88 yards and three punts for 27 yards, totaling 208 all-purpose yards … compiled 96 yards on six receptions with one score and tallied 141 all-purpose yards vs. No. 9 Ohio State … made eight catches for 68 yards and a TD at No. 19 Penn State … also forced a fumble vs. the Nittany Lions … corralled seven balls (60 yards) in win at Akron and six (85 yards) in victory over Western Michigan … collected six receptions for 40 yards at Northwestern and five receptions for 35 yards at No. 7 Iowa … two-time IU special teams player of the week and a member of the team's One-Play Warrior Club (special teams players of the year).

2008 Season

One of three true freshmen to play for the Hoosiers in 2008 … played in eight games and missed four games due to shoulder and knee injuries … caught 14 passes for 186 yards, averaging 13.3 yards per reception, and added one touchdown … hauled in a career-high eight passes for a team season-high 107 yards and a TD in the Hoosiers' win over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern … became the first true freshman since O.J. Conner in 1997 to go over 100 receiving yards … just the third true freshman (fourth time) in IU history to record a 100-yard receiving game (Ernie Jones, twice; Conner) and the fifth freshman (10th time) to reach the 100-yard mark (James Hardy, five times; Jones, twice; Levron Williams; Conner) … along with teammate Damarlo Belcher (82 yards), they set an Indiana true freshman record with 189 yards against the Wildcats … hauled in three grabs for 33 yards in his collegiate debut against Murray State … added two catches for 28 yards at Purdue.

Injury Report

2008: Missed four games with shoulder and knee injuries.

High School

Wide receiver and running back for head coach Mike Kirschner at Ben Davis High School … hauled in 37 receptions for 538 yards (14.5) and scored four times as a senior … carried 174 times for 1,164 yards (6.6) and 12 touchdowns … returned 10 kicks for a 36.0 average and one score … finalist for Indiana Mr. Football at wide receiver … a first team all-state, All-Marion County and All-MIC Conference selection … named team's offensive most valuable player … rated the 10th-best prospect in the state of Indiana by Rivals.com and 12th by Scout.com … ranked as the No. 65 wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com … Prep Star All-Midwest Region selection … Ben Davis went 7-4 and advanced to sectionals before falling to No. 1 Pike … earned three varsity letters.

Personal

Mother is Nikki Doss … born on Sept. 22, 1989, Tandon Mic Doss is a general studies major.

 
Latest News
04/07/2011 - Indiana wideout and kick returner Tandon Doss is considered one of the better "second-tier" prospects in the draft. This much was proven by the fact all 32 teams were represented at his Wednesday Pro Day, according to an NFL source on the scene. Doss, who left after his junior season, is a two-time All-Big Ten selection who led the conference in all-purpose yards last season (175.8 per game) despite missing the opening game of the season with a groin injury. Doss battled through the injury throughout the season and had surgery on both groins on December 2, keeping him sidelined for the Combine and Indiana's initial Pro Day, March 10. Doss, according to the source, was given a 2nd-3rd round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Despite his production and high grade, teams are nervous about his recovery. Doss (6-2, 202 pounds) caught the ball fluidly during his workout Wednesday, but timed slower than hoped. This scout had him at 4.59 and 4.64, though NFL.com's Gil Brandt cites a source who had Doss timing between 4.62 and 4.67. Brandt also lists Doss as having a 32 ??-inch vertical jump, a 9-8 broad jump, and ran a 4.21 short shuttle and 7.04 3-cone drill and notes that these efforts are probably not indicative of Doss' true athleticism as he recovers from the surgery. When healthy, Doss' ability as a downfield target and kick returner has been proven. Though he lacks true explosiveness, his size, good route-running and reliable hands make him an intriguing fit in the West Coast Offense. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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