|Height: 6-4 | Weight: 196 | College: Georgia|
Positives: Has long arms and legs with adequate muscle definition While his weight room figures are only adequate, he does a decent job of using strength and quickness to defeat the jam Shows the ability to stick his cuts and work back for the ball Has very good body control and tracking ability, showing no problems catching the pigskin over his shoulder Has some short area quickness to make the initial defender miss Long strider with good quickness off the line of scrimmage, where he can gain and defeat a defensive back's cushion Better on linear routes, where he can execute his speed cuts to separate and adjust to get into position down field Has the leaping ability to get to the ball at its high point Shows the natural hands to extend and pluck the ball away from the body's frame Displays enough speed to take the shallow crossing route and go the distance.
Negatives: Has had a series of minor injuries that lead to questions about durability His frame is built more like a sprinter's than a football player Shows marginal academic intelligence and may struggle in a complicated system His frame looks too lean to stand tall against press coverage at the next level Needs to run crisper routes, as he does not always work back for the ball and will run his cuts on long patterns Lacks courage and size to combat for the ball in traffic Hears "footsteps" and will lose concentration, resulting in quite a few dropped passes He is too conscious of the oncoming defender and this affects his play when working in tight quarters Has elusive running skills, but is not considered a speedy runner, as he gathers to accelerate after the catch Will not get much yardage after securing the ball, unless he has a free lane in front of him He is such a marginal blocker that he has been benched in the past due to this issue.
Had a troublesome junior campaign Was almost not allowed to play, after Fred and eight other George athletes were declared ineligible by the NCAA in May for selling their 2002 SEC championship rings The players were allowed to rejoin the team after making restitution He sat out the Louisiana State contest with a right hamstring pull in September and then sat out the Vanderbilt and Alabama-Birmingham contests in October with a bone bruise in his left knee Still managed to finish third on the team with 36 catches for 553 yards (15.4 average) and three touchdowns while starting eleven games at flanker Added 31 yards on a pair of kickoff returns (15.5 average).
2003 GAME Analysis
Clemson: Started the season off with four receptions for 104 yards, scoring the team's first touchdown for the season on a 56-yard grab in the first quarter, but would not score again until the post-season action.
Middle Tennessee: Snared five passes for 81 yards and returned a kickoff 14 yards.
Alabama: Gained 32 yards on five catches.
Kentucky: Hauled in six passes for 99 yards.
Georgia Tech: Followed with 96 yards on three receptions.
Louisiana State (SEC Championship): Had three catches for 19 yards.
Purdue (Capital One Bowl): Held to 22 yards on four grabs, but scored on 6- and 4-yard catches in the first quarter.
Rejoined football spring drills at the conclusion of the college basketball season Ended up starting eight games, ranking second on the team with 43 receptions for 758 yards (17.6 average) and four touchdowns Added 460 yards and a touchdown on 19 kickoff returns (24.2 average) Lost six yards on a rushing attempt and fumbled the ball four times, with three being recovered by the opposition.
2002 GAME ANALYSIS
Clemson: Turned the ball over when he was tackled for a 6-yard loss on a reverse, but had three catches for 28 yards and returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.
South Carolina: Again lost a ball to the opposition on a fumble Caught six passes for 116 yards and returned two kickoffs for 72 yards.
Northwestern State (La.): Fumbled twice, turning the ball over once Still managed to gain 134 yards on eight catches and 6 yards on a kickoff return.
Alabama: Snared four passes for 85 yards and a 42-yard touchdown Had a pair of kickoff returns for 52 yards.
Vanderbilt: Added a 35-yard scoring grab.
Mississippi: Had four receptions for 97 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown and gained 95 yards on three kickoff returns.
Auburn: Totaled 72 yards on four grabs and 54 yards on three kickoff returns.
Georgia Tech: Snatched three passes for 73 yards and a 49-yard touchdown.
Arkansas (SEC Championship): Gained 93 yards on five receptions and 46 yards on two kickoff returns.
Florida State (Sugar Bowl): Held to two catches for 12 yards and a 7-yard kickoff return.
Freshman All-American second-team selection by The Sporting News All-SEC Freshman Team pick by the league's coaches, Knoxville New Sentinel, and The Sporting News Named Associated Press All-SEC honorable mention Set the school record for 100-yard receiving games in a season with five Led the team in receiving yards (772) and per-catch average (23.4) and finished second on the team in receptions with 33 Was sixth in the SEC with 77.2 yards per game As the Bulldogs' primary kickoff returner, he averaged 26.8 yards per return, which ranked third in the SEC, finishing with 375 yards on 14 attempts Also carried three times for 27 yards (9.0 average).
2001 GAME ANALYSIS
Arkansas: Returned four kickoffs for 121 yards.
Tennessee: Had two catches for 70 yards and a 15-yard score, adding 62 yards on two kickoff returns.
Vanderbilt: Snared six passes for 106 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, returned a kickoff 19 yards and gained 22 yards on a reverse.
Kentucky: Hauled in nine passes for 201 yards and touchdowns of 68 and 56 yards His 201 yards broke the school game-record of 198 by Lamar Davis vs. Cincinnati in 1942 Also had three kickoff returns for 84 yards.
Florida: Had a 14-yard gain on a reverse and caught seven passes for 131 yards.
Auburn: Followed with a pair of receptions for 111 yards, including a 67-yard score.
Georgia Tech: Amassed 135 yards on five catches and 65 yards on three kickoff returns, but lost 9 yards on a reverse.
Houston: Closed out the regular season with a 12-yard touchdown grab.
Boston College (Music City Bowl): Made six catches for 109 yards and returned two kickoffs for 54 yards.
2002: Sat out the Florida and Kentucky games after fracturing his left thumb vs. Vanderbilt (10/19) Underwent surgery to repair the finger after the season.
2003: Sat out the Louisiana State game (9/20) with a right hamstring pull Missed the Vanderbilt and Alabama-Birmingham games after he suffered a bone bruise in his left knee.
2004: Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder in April, but is not taking any medication.
Speech Communications major Born 10/26/81 Resides in Waycross, Georgia.
From Combine: 4.55 in 40-yard dash. 38 1/2 vertical leap. 10'6" broad jump. 4.14 shuttle. 7.03 cone. 19 Wonderlic.
Attended Ware County (Waycross, Ga.) High School, playing football for coach Dan Ragle Earned Super prep All-Dixie Team, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Top 50 in Georgia, and Class AAAAA All-State honors from the Georgia Sportswriters Association As a senior, he caught 50 passes for 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns As a junior, he was named Region Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Region, first-team All-Area, and Florida Times Union Super 24, catching 63 passes for over 1,200 yards and 13 scores Also a standout basketball player, playing for the Georgia Stars, an AAU team Averaged 21 points per game as a high school junior Invited to play in the 2001 Georgia-Florida all-star game.