|Height: 5-11 | Weight: 214 | College: LSU|
Addai is a versatile athlete who has not only performed capably in the backfield, but can also line out wide at receiver. Unlike most featured backs, he displays solid blocking technique. After playing mostly as a third-down runner most of his career, Addai showed in 2005 that he is more than ready to handle the brunt of the rushing load.
At Sharpstown High School, Addai earned All-American honors from ESPN and Fox Sports. ESPN's Tom Lemming rated him among the top 100 players in the nation and he was also a member of the Houston Chronicle Top 100 list. He garnered first-team Class 5A All-State honors, as well as first-team All-District and All-County accolades.
As a senior quarterback, Addai completed 37-of-91 passes for 425 yards and rushed for 1,429 yards on 159 carries (8.9 avg) with 26 touchdowns. He also returned eight kickoffs for 380 yards (47.5 avg). He excelled in track as a sprinter and was clocked at 10.7 seconds in the 100 meters and 22.1 in the 200 meters.
As a true freshman at Louisiana State in 2001, Addai only saw brief action vs. Tulane and Kentucky before being granted a redshirt year. He gained 27 yards on eight runs during his first college campaign. He was used mostly as a third-down back in 2002, appearing in twelve contests. He finished third on the team with 438 yards and four touchdowns on 80 carries (5.5 avg) and caught six passes for 81 yards (13.5 avg).
In 2003, Joseph started six contests. He totaled 520 yards on 114 rushing attempts with two scores and snared fourteen passes for 86 yards (6.1 avg) and a touchdown. Addai then followed with 101 carries for 680 yards (6.7 avg) and three scores in 2004, ranking second on the squad, despite not starting any games. He also amassed 175 yards on ten kickoff returns and caught 26 passes for 294 yards (11.3 avg). He had four touchdown grabs while also seeing action at receiver in several contests.
When Alley Broussard was injured during 2005 preseason drills, Addai was finally given an opportunity to be the team's full-time starter. He led the team with a career-high 911 yards and nine touchdowns on 187 attempts (4.9 avg), but was bothered most of the second half of the season by a nagging ankle sprain. He made 20 catches for 180 yards (9.0 avg) and a score while totaling 60 points.
In 51 games with the Tigers, Addai started 19 times. He rushed 490 times for 2,576 yards (5.3 avg) and 18 touchdowns, the fifth-best career total in school history. He grabbed 66 passes for 641 yards (9.7 avg) and six scores, adding 187 yards on eleven kickoff returns (17.0 avg). He produced 144 points and recorded six tackles (4 solos) on special teams. His 3,404 all-purpose yards rank ninth on the school's all-time record list.
Positives: Powerful runner with above average quickness and acceleration Has a compact, yet muscular frame with good balance and loose hips Gets to top speed quickly and despite that quickness, he shows good patience waiting for his blocks to develop Has a good feel for the cutback lanes and is a good downhill runner with a knack for squeezing through tight spaces Shows that extra gear needed to elude in the open and does a good job of securing the ball before attacking the line of scrimmage Crisp route runner with such a good feel for zone coverages, that he can also line out wide at receiver Has natural hands and does a good job of catching away from the frame Very aggressive cut blocker who is effective at chipping and landing on pass rushers Has a good work ethic and spends the additional hours in the film room preparing for his next opponent His low pad level and leg drives makes it very hard for him to be brought down by initial contact.
Negatives: Has good acceleration and change of direction skills, but is more of a one-cut runner who can get caught up in the trash when moving in space Even with his speed, he needs some room to operate in order to be effective (sometimes gathers before cutting) Will usually run at a good pad level, but when he gets high in his stance, he struggles to shake free and fails to create much on his own Physical blocker, but will get his base a bit narrow, causing him to slip off some initial blocks More slippery than elusive as a runner and despite his power and ability to break tackles, he can get contained when trying to push the pile Has good field instincts, but his low Wonderlic test score (10) could pose problems digesting a complicated playbook.
Addai is a well-built athlete with a solid frame that has room to carry additional bulk. He has a thick chest, broad shoulders, big bubble and defined thighs and calves. He is built more in the lines of a compact fullback, but generates rare speed for his position. He is an explosive open field runner who shows above average balance and lateral agility. He shows good pick and slide agility and generates that second gear needed to break free from the pile to gain positive yardage in the second level.
Addai is a physical inside runner who excels as a cut blocker. He shows good determination executing chip blocks on the down linemen and is alert to pick up the blitz. He can be pushed back sometimes when trying to provide the quarterback pass protection due to his size, but he works hard to get a piece of the pass rusher. He squares to target and strikes with force when locating linebackers in the second level. Even when giving up considerable bulk, he does not hesitate to step up with aggression to face up or cut.
Despite his above average quickness, he is a patient runner who can generate a second gear to explode through the pile. He hits the holes with good body lean, showing the foot movement to fluidly change direction. He has a good feel for the rush lanes and cutback lanes, using his blocks effectively to set up for a long gain. You can see on film the bounce in his step when cutting back and the avoidance skills he displays in the open field.
While he has the speed to get to the corners, he is also an effective inside runner. He has good knee lift to step over trash and a sudden burst to squeeze through tight quarters. He has the body lean and pick and slide ability to power through arm tackles and can jump cut through the small creases. His balance and low pad level makes it hard to bring him down in isolated coverage and he does a good job of falling forward upon contact.
While he has a good straight-line burst to the outside, he is more of a one-cut runner who can get caught from behind, as he tends to gather before making the cut. He needs to let the toss develop and then burst through the seam in order to be effective here. He can separate in one-on-one foot races and can generate that extra gear to elude.
Addai will generally secure the ball well before attacking the line of scrimmage and has no fumble issues. He is a very effective route runner who has the vision to find the soft spot in zone coverage. He is effective on dump-offs, but has also shown good ability running up-field routes and has lined up at receiver in the past. He is a solid hands catcher who is quite effective on screens and does a decent job of extending to catch outside his frame.
With additional bulk, Addai could be a solid inside runner at the next level. His blocking skills and pass catching ability are added benefits to the package he will provide some pro team. He has had some durability issues in the past and did not become a featured back until his senior year, though. He will be a nice compliment in the backfield as a change-of-pace back, especially with his explosive burst and balance. For a team looking for a capable third-down runner, Addai could fill that role.
Ranks fifth in school history with 2,576 yards rushing, topped only by Kevin Faulk (4,557 yards, 1995-98), Dalton Hilliard (4,050, 1982-85), Charles Alexander (4,035, 1975-78) and Harvey Williams (2,860, 1986-90), despite starting only nineteen games His 3,404 all-purpose yards rank ninth on the school's all-time record list.
Started twelve of thirteen games, but was bothered the second half of the season by a nagging left ankle sprain Led the team with a career-high 911 yards on 187 carries (4.9 avg) with nine touchdowns Fifth on the squad with 20 receptions for 180 yards (9.0 avg) and a score Added 12 yards on a kickoff return and recorded an assisted tackle Second on the team with 1,103 all-purpose yards The opposition recovered three of his four fumbles Ran for over 100 yards in four contests.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Arizona State Opened the season with 16 carries for 109 yards (6.8 avg) and touchdowns of 1 and 5 yards to give the Tigers a 35-31 victory, but also turned the ball over once on a fumble Gained 34 yards on three receptions.
Tennessee Collected 84 yards on 16 attempts with a 19-yard first quarter touchdown, but again lost the ball once on a fumble.
Mississippi State Rushed 17 times for 86 yards and scored on a 1-yard run with 1:38 left to play.
Vanderbilt Fumbled once, but made up for that miscue with a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter Finished with 102 yards on 24 runs, adding a 9-yard catch and a 12-yard kickoff return.
Florida Followed with a career-high 156 yards on 32 attempts, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard burst in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers downed the Gators, 21-17 Turned the ball over on a fumble, but assisted in making a tackle on that play Also made three catches for 37 yards.
Auburn Powered his way to 105 yards on 24 carries and snared four passes for 31 yards in a 20-17 overtime decision.
North Texas Ran for a 3-yard score before leaving the game early in the first quarter when he suffered a left ankle sprain.
Appalachian State Returned the following week, but re-injured his ankle in the first quarter, spending the rest of the game on the sidelines, as he finished with 15 yards on three carries.
Alabama Saw limited action with two carries for 4 yards before he re-aggravated his ankle injury The injury had become something of a weekly source of frustration for coach Les Miles. "I don't know quite how to define it," Miles said. "I will let you know later, to be honest with you. When he gets better, he'll be our back."
Mississippi Saw his most extensive action in four weeks, responding with 14 runs for 70 yards and a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter, adding 10 yards on a pair of receptions.
Arkansas The lingering ankle injury relegated Addai to reserve duty in this game, as he totaled 36 yards on ten attempts and 46 yards on two catches.
Georgia (SEC Championship) Started, but left the game after two carries for 7 yards.
Miami (Peach Bowl) Started at tailback, but also lined up at receiver during the first quarter Produced 130 yards on 24 carries with a 6-yard score Also caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Matt Flynn in the second quarter.
The all-purpose back was used in a variety of roles during his junior year Despite playing in every game as a reserve, he finished second on the team with 680 yards and three touchdowns on 101 carries (6.7 avg) Third on the squad with 26 receptions for 294 yards (11.3 avg) and four scores Returned ten kickoffs for 175 yards (17.5 avg) and recorded two solo tackles Led the team with 1,149 all-purpose yards One of his two fumbles was recovered by the opposition.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Oregon State Lined up at slot back and receiver, catching five passes for 65 yards Ran twice for 13 yards, returned two kickoffs for 16 yards and posted a solo tackle, but also fumbled once.
Arkansas State Rushed seven times for 95 yards (13.6 avg), including a 12-yard score in the second quarter and returned a kickoff 15 yards.
Mississippi State Added 45 yards on seven rushes and 26 yards on a kickoff return.
Georgia Turned the ball over once on a fumble and carried five times for 44 yards (8.8 avg) Also snared three passes for 57 yards.
Florida Followed with ten attempts for 93 yards (9.3 avg) and four catches for 26 yards, including a 10-yard score on a pass from QB Marcus Randall with 0:27 left to play, capping a game-winning 6-play, 50-yard drive to give the Tigers a 24-21 victory.
Troy Led the team to a 24-20 victory with a 1-yard scoring plunge, finishing with 31 yards on ten carries, 13 yards on a reception and 21 yards on a kickoff return.
Vanderbilt Collected 77 yards on 14 runs and 11 yards on two receptions.
Alabama Registered 99 yards on 12 attempts (8.3 avg), including a 47-yard touchdown run with 4:32 remaining in the game Started a fourth quarter rally with a 35-yard scoring grab of a seam pass thrown by QB JaMarcus Russell, finishing with 46 yards on three receptions in a 26-10 triumph.
Mississippi Ran for over 100 yards for the first time in his career, collecting 107 yards on 14 chances (7.6 avg) with a long of 53 yards that set up a score Made two catches for 13 yards and returned two kickoffs for 41 yards Also recorded a solo tackle.
Arkansas Rushed six times for 39 yards and hauled in touchdown passes of 20 yards in the first quarter and 29 yards in the second quarter on tosses from QB Marcus Randall.
Iowa (Capital One Bowl) Gained 27 yards on eleven carries, 56 yards on three kickoff returns and 14 yards on four catches.
Appeared in twelve games, starting six contests Re-injured his right knee, which had required arthroscopic surgery during the summer, vs. Florida and was forced to sit out the South Carolina and Auburn games and limit his action vs. Louisiana Tech Still managed to finish second on the team with 114 carries for 520 yards (4.6 avg) and a pair of touchdowns Caught fourteen passes for 86 yards (6.1 avg) and a score Recorded two solo tackles and gained 606 all-purpose yards Lost the ball twice on four fumbles.
|2003 Game Analysis|
Louisiana-Monroe Opened the season with 81 yards on 15 carries and 21 yards on two catches, including a 17-yard touchdown on a second quarter toss from QB Matt Mauck.
Arizona Followed with 18 rushes for 86 yards and a pair of scores, including a 1-yarder that capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive in the first quarter.
Western Illinois Gained 29 yards on eight carries, but was benched after losing the ball twice on fumbles.
Georgia Responded to his benching with 65 yards on 15 carries and 9 yards on a pair of receptions.
Florida Rushed ten times for 39 yards, but fumbled once before leaving the game with a right knee sprain that forced him to sit out the South Carolina and Auburn contests.
Alabama Totaled 31 yards on five attempts, but also had one fumble.
Georgia (SEC Championship) Collected 60 yards on eight rushes and also had a 3-yard grab.
Oklahoma (Sugar Bowl) Gained 12 yards on two catches, but was held to minus one yard on two runs.
After starting the season opener vs. Virginia Tech at fullback, Addai spent the rest of the year as the team's third-string tailback Still finished third on the team with 438 yards and four touchdowns on 80 carries (5.5 avg) Added 81 yards on six receptions (13.5 avg) and assisted on a tackle Did not fumble all year.
2002 GAME HIGHLIGHTS
The Citadel Totaled 88 yards on 14 runs.
Miami (Oh.) Assisted on a tackle and rushed five times for 20 yards.
Louisiana-Lafayette Amassed a season-high 98 yards on eleven carries, including 10 & 34-yard touchdowns Also made two catches for 50 yards.
Florida Followed with 56 yards on 16 carries and had an 8-yard catch.
Auburn Scored the team's only touchdown on an 8-yard run, capping a 7-play, 81-yard fourth quarter drive Closed out the day with 44 yards on ten runs.
Kentucky Carried nine times for 91 yards, including a career-long 63-yard touchdown.
Texas (Cotton Bowl) Limited to one carry for 5 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards.
Appeared in the season's first two games vs. Tulane and Kentucky Gained 27 yards on eight carries, losing one yard on a rushing attempt vs. Kentucky and totaling 28 yards on seven carries vs. Tulane Was then redshirted for the rest of the season.
2002: Sat out the Mississippi game (11/23) with a right knee anterior cruciate ligament sprain.
2003: Underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery in June Re-injured his right knee vs. Florida (10/11), sitting out the South Carolina and Auburn games and saw limited action vs. Louisiana Tech.
2005: Suffered a left ankle sprain in the first quarter vs. North Texas (10/29), missing the rest of the game Returned the following week vs. Appalachian State (11/05), but again left in the first quarter when he re-injured his left ankle. The injury would continue to limit him the rest of the year.
Campus: 4.43 in the 40-yard dash 385-pound bench press 550-pound squat 352-pound power clean 32 -inch arm length 9 5/8-inch hands Left-handed 10/24 Wonderlic score.
Attended Sharpstown (Houston, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Charles Perridon Earned All-American honors from ESPN and Fox Sports ESPN's Tom Lemming rated him among the top 100 players in the nation and he was also a member of the Houston Chronicle Top 100 list Garnered first-team Class 5A All-State honors, as well as first-team All-District and All-County accolades As a senior quarterback, Addai completed 37-of-91 passes for 425 yards and rushed for 1,429 yards on 159 carries (8.9 avg) with 26 touchdowns Also returned eight kickoffs for 380 yards (47.5 avg) Excelled in track as a sprinter Clocked at 10.7 seconds in the 100 meters and 22.1 in the 200 meters.
General Studies major Son of Joyce Addai Born 5/03/83 in Houston, Texas.