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Adrian Arrington, WR

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 203 | College: Michigan
 
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Overview

The arrival of new head coach Rich Rodriguez and the spread offense prompted Adrian Arrington to enter the NFL draft after just one season as a starter.

Arrington has had several roadblocks during his Michigan career. He missed almost all of the 2005 campaign after he suffered a broken right ankle in the season opener vs. Northern Illinois. He underwent surgery during which he had seven screws and a metal plate placed in his leg and it took him well over a year to recover from the injury.

Midway through the 2006 season, Arrington was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from a fight with his girlfriend, the Detroit Free Press reported. Arrington's girlfriend, Jodi Hupe, told police they had an argument early on Oct. 13 after Arrington called her from a bar in Ypsilanti drunk and Hupe drove to pick him up. The Free Press reported the argument left Hupe with marks on her hands from keys, and that Arrington drove her car in an altered state, according to the police report.

Arrington continued to have problems at the university. Coach Lloyd Carr later suspended the receiver, along with two other players during 2007 spring drills due to disciplinary reasons. Carr said their return in the fall was possible but not probable.

Prior to the start of 2007 fall camp, Carr brought Arrington in for a meeting. The receiver emerged from that visit as a member of the team again.

At Washington High School, Arrington was rated the fifth-best wide receiver in the country by ESPN's Tom Lemming. He was named to the Top 100 Dream Team and rated the 11th-best receiver in the country by Prep Star. Rivals.com rated him the top prospect in Iowa, giving him a four-star prospect grade. Max Emfinger rated him as the nation's sixth-best receiver and gave him a five-star prospect mark.

Arrington added first-team All-State honors from the Des Moines Register and the Iowa Newspaper Association. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Iowa as a senior and also earned first-team All-Conference and All-Metro honors. He was selected to play in the 2004 US Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas. As a junior, he received second-team Class 4A All-State and first-team All-Conference and All-Metro accolades.

During his prep career, Arrington caught 100 career passes for 1,547 yards and 23 touchdowns while returning 24 kickoffs for 642 yards with one score and 38 punts for 442 yards with another touchdown. He intercepted 11 passes and made 95 tackles in his career on defense. He snatched 57 passes for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, while also posting 29 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Arrington grabbed 34 passes for 424 yards and five touchdown catches, along with 11 rushes for 11 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. He also made 38 tackles along with five interceptions that season. He had eight catches for 140 yards and three touchdowns along with 38 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore, and also made one catch for nine yards as a freshman. In basketball, he was rated one of the top players in the Iowa class of 2004 and also lettered in track, where he was timed at a career-best 10.9 seconds in the 100-meters.

Arrington arrived on Michigan's campus as a 176-pound freshman in 2004, as the Wolverines won a recruiting battle for his services from Pittsburgh, UCLA and Iowa. He earned his first varsity letter, seeing limited action in eight games, as he caught two passes for 12 yards. The following season, Arrington suffered a right ankle fracture returning a kickoff in the season opener vs. Northern Illinois. His surgery would sideline him for the rest of the year.

In 2006, Arrington appeared in 13 games, starting at the inside slot position vs. Minnesota and Michigan State and at flanker vs. Penn State and Iowa. He ranked second on the squad with 40 receptions for 544 yards (13.8-yard average) and eight touchdowns. He also recorded one solo tackle in the Wisconsin clash.

Arrington was the recipient of the Desmond Howard Award in 2007, given to the team's top receiver. He started all 13 games at flanker, finishing second on the team with 67 catches for 882 yards (13.2-yard average) and eight touchdowns. He also had a solo tackle vs. Florida and completed an 11-yard scoring pass on a reverse to Mario Manningham in the Notre Dame clash.

In 35 games at Michigan, Arrington started 18 contests. He collected 1,438 yards with 16 touchdowns on 109 receptions (13.2-yard average), as he scored 96 points. He recorded two solo tackles, returned a kickoff 15 yards and completed 1-of-2 passes for an 11-yard score.

Analysis

Positives: Has a tall frame with long limbs, large hands and good leaping ability … Has just adequate speed, but does an efficient job of catching passes in stride … Runs with good balance on short routes, but will drift when going deep … Has to build up his speed before challenging off coverage, but has the long stride to compensate … Has the hip shake and wiggle to elude, but needs to do it with more consistency … Might be a better fit in the slot and is at his best when finding the soft area in zone coverage … Even though he runs with long strides to his break point, he has the ability to lower his weight and generate some burst out of his plant … Relies on a decent swim move to release and will use a stutter-step to shake off a smaller cornerback … When he runs with good urgency, he has decent ability to break down the defender's cushion … His hands are still a work in progress, but showed improvement in 2007 when trying to pluck the ball behind him on slant routes … Has the ability to set the cornerback up with head fakes and change direction to re-adjust in the zone … Can run the crossing route, but must use his hands better to get open … Gets good rise and extension going for high throws, but has to time his leaps better … Better when used on controlled routes than when going over the top (must prove that he can generate the speed needed to challenge deep) … Loses more than a few battles going for the ball in a crowd (loses focus and has adequate timing), but seems more comfortable extending and adjusting to off-target throws when he has room to operate … When he plants and turns properly, he is capable of extending a short catch around the radius … Not the type that will out-run defenders consistently, but has functional shake and some decent stop-and-go action to try and separate and gain extra yards.

Negatives: Has a very frail-looking frame with marginal strength, having to elude rather than a strong hand push in attempts to get a clean release vs. the press … Lacks explosion out of his stance and takes a bit of a rolling start and needs time to build his acceleration … Looks raw running routes deep and rounds his cuts … Tends to lose focus and drop passes that he shouldn't … Will throttle down when not involved in the play … Needs to do a better job adjusting his body going for the off-target throws and is not the most willing receiver going after the ball in a crowd … Has good size and leaping ability, but must improve his timing, as he loses more jump balls than he wins … Will get lazy and revert to body catching, resulting in drops of some easy throws … Must run with better aggression and does not have the leg drive or power to break tackles a receiver of his size should … Gives just a passive effort as a blocker and it is very rare to see him eliminate his man from the play … Sometimes runs his own pattern, breaking away from the design of the play … Has yet to prove that he has natural hands … Must do a better job with his hand placement, as he is too inconsistent using them to push off the defender in attempts to get open … Was suspended once and arrested once, leading to questions about his character … Seems to have lost his crisp cutting agility and explosive initial step he showed in high school (happened after having a metal plate and several screws placed into his surgically repaired right ankle) … Too often takes false steps before moving off the snap.

Compares To: ASHLEY LELIE-San Francisco … Arrington is the type of receiver that can run one route well and shows anxiety running another. He seems to be more suited for the slot. He takes a rolling start off the snap rather than exploding off the line. However, he does shy away from contact at times, losing focus when he hears the defender closing on him. He shows good arm length to extend and pluck the ball outside his frame, but when he reverts to using his body to catch, he drops too many. He could have used another year of college football development. While he presents a nice target underneath for a quarterback, he must learn how to run crisp routes and improve his overall timing.

Career Notes

Arrington's 67 receptions in 2007 tied Tai Streets (1998), David Terrell (2000) and Braylon Edwards (2002) for eighth on the school's single-season list, surpassed by Braylon Edwards (97 in 2004 and 85 in 2003), Marquise Walker (86 in 2001), Jason Avant (82 in 2005), Jack Clancy (76 in 1966), Mario Manningham (72 in 2007) and David Terrell (71 in 1999).

2007 Season

Recipient of the Desmond Howard Award, given to the team's top receiver … Started all 13 games at flanker, but also saw action in the slot … Ranked second on the team and tied for 10th in the Big Ten Conference with a career-high 67 receptions, as he placed eighth in the league with 882 yards (13.2-yard average) … Had eight touchdown receptions, scoring 48 points … Completed 1-of-2 passes for an 11-yard touchdown vs. Illinois and also recorded a solo tackle vs. Florida in the Capital One Bowl … Caught a pass in every game, extending his string to 26 consecutive contests with at least one reception … Gained over 100 yards receiving vs. Eastern Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida.

2007 Game Analysis

Appalachian State … Opened the season with 52 yards on four catches, with three of those grabs producing first downs.

Oregon … Followed with six receptions for 69 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown on a late first quarter toss from QB Chad Henne.

Notre Dame … Snared only two of seven passes thrown to him for 15 yards, but scored on a 5-yard throw from QB Ryan Mallatt with 0:25 left in the first half.

Penn State … Delivered five first downs on third-down plays among his six catches, totaling 70 yards.

Northwestern … The Michigan flanker amassed 90 yards on seven receptions, breaking free from the pack to snatch a first quarter 11-yard Chad Henne pass for a touchdown that ended a 65-yard, 10-play series.

Eastern Michigan … Enjoyed his first 100-yard performance as a Wolverine, grabbing six passes for 102 yards, including a 31-yard flag pass from Chad Henne for a touchdown, capping a 99-yard, 8-play late first quarter drive.

Purdue … Came up with 55 yards on six receptions.

Illinois … Added 58 yards on three catches, including an 8-yard touchdown that concluded an 80-yard, 6-play second quarter drive … With 8:12 left to play, he took a pitch from Chad Henne and lobbed a game-winning 11-yard scoring strike to Mario Manningham off a reverse, giving the Wolverines a 27-17 decision.

Minnesota … Totaled 61 yards on four receptions.

Michigan State … Produced five catches for 43 yards.

Wisconsin … Just got over the century mark with 101 yards on seven receptions, coming up with a 26-yard fourth quarter touchdown that capped a 10-play, 86-yard drive.

Ohio State … Was held to 13 yards after catching two of seven balls targeted into his area.

Florida (Capital One Bowl) … Made his final collegiate game a memorable one, as he hauled in a career-high nine passes for 153 yards, ending an 11-play, 62-yard series with a 1-yard touchdown grab with 0:08 left in the first half … With 4:12 left on the game clock, he scored the game-winning touchdown on an 18-yard toss from Chad Henne to end a 67-yard, 4-play drive in a 38-35 decision.

2006 Season

Played in all 13 games, starting at the slot receiver position vs. Michigan State and Minnesota and at flanker vs. Penn State and Iowa … Finished second on the squad with 40 receptions for 544 yards (13.6-yard average) and eight touchdowns … Scored 48 points and posted a solo tackle in the Wisconsin clash.

2006 Game Analysis

Wisconsin … Made a solo tackle and collected 79 yards on four catches, with a long of 33 yards.

Minnesota … In his first career start, Arrington grabbed three passes for 59 yards … He ended an 80-yard, 10-play first quarter series with his first career touchdown on a 16-yard toss from QB Chad Henne … That duo hooked up again on a second quarter 37-yarder that concluded a 7-play, 77-yard drive.

Michigan State … Followed with a 13-yard touchdown as his only reception.

Penn State … Caught a touchdown pass for the third consecutive game, when Chad Henne found him with a 25-yarder early in the first quarter, going on to finish the day with 83 yards on five catches.

Iowa … Had eight receptions for 79 yards.

Northwestern … His only catch was good for a 14-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Indiana … Added 24 yards on three grabs, including a 1-yard touchdown to finish a 66-yard, 10-play first quarter drive.

Ohio State … Snared five passes for 90 yards and a 37-yard touchdown.

Southern California (Rose Bowl) … Closed out his sophomore season with four catches for 34 yards and an 11-yard score early in the fourth quarter that capped a 9-play, 80-yard series.

2005 Season

Suffered a right ankle fracture after returning a kickoff 15 yards vs. Northern Illinois in the season opener … Underwent surgery to have a mental plate and seven screws placed in his ankle, missing the rest of the season.

2004 Season

Appeared in eight games as a true freshman, sitting out the Notre Dame, San Diego State, Illinois and Michigan State contests … Listed third on the depth chart behind Jason Avant and Carl Tabb at flanker … Caught a pair of passes for 12 yards … His first career catch was good for seven yards vs. Indiana … Added a five-yard reception the next game vs. Minnesota.

Injury Report

2005: Was granted a medical hardship after he suffered a right ankle fracture after returning a 15-yard kickoff vs. Northern Illinois in the season opener (9/03). He underwent surgery to have seven screws and a metal plate placed in his leg, missing the rest of the season.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.54 in the 40-yard dash … 225-pound bench press … 33-inch vertical jump … 32 7/8-inch arm length … 9 1/8-inch hands.

Off-Field Issues

2006: Arrington was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from a dispute with his girlfriend, the Detroit Free Press reported. Arrington's girlfriend, Jodi Hupe, told police they had an argument early on October 13th after Arrington called her from a bar in Ypsilanti drunk and Hupe drove out to pick him up. The Free Press reported the argument left Hupe with marks on her hands from keys, and that Arrington drove her car in an altered state, according to the police report. Hupe was the only person interviewed in the report. The receiver had a pretrial hearing on November 1st, but in early December, he was cleared of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Arrington was scheduled to go on trial in Ypsilanti. But prosecutors dismissed the charge at what was scheduled to be a pretrial conference. The charge was dismissed because Judge Kirk Tabbey insists that civilian complainants appear at such hearings to make sure they will show up at the trial, Washtenaw County assistant prosecutor Steve Hiller said. He stated that Hupe did not appear despite receiving notice of the hearing. "In domestic violence cases, this is not an unusual thing to have happen," he said. Arrington could have faced up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

2007: Arrington, tight end Carson Butler and defensive lineman Eugene Germany were suspended from the football team in mid-March for disciplinary reasons. "They're not practicing, and they're not injured," said head coach Lloyd Carr at the time of the announced suspension. "Several guys … will not compete because of injuries and, this time of year, there are several other issues that arise that have to be dealt with." The receiver and Carr met prior to the start of August camp and Arrington was reinstated to the team. ''He's proven to me that he wants to be at Michigan,'' Carr said. ''He's willing to do some of the things I expect from him this fall.''

High School

Attended Washington (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) High School, playing football for head coach Paul James … Rated the fifth-best wide receiver in the country by ESPN's Tom Lemming … Named to the Top 100 Dream Team and rated the 11th-best receiver in the country by Prep Star … Rivals.com rated him the top prospect in Iowa, giving him a four-star prospect grade … Max Emfinger rated him as the nation's sixth-best receiver and gave him a five-star prospect mark … Added first-team All-State honors from the Des Moines Register and the Iowa Newspaper Association … Named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Iowa as a senior and also earned first-team All-Conference and All-Metro honors … Selected to play in the 2004 US Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas … As a junior, he received second-team Class 4A All-State and first-team All-Conference and All-Metro accolades … During his prep career, Arrington caught 100 career passes for 1,547 yards and 23 touchdowns while returning 24 kickoffs for 642 yards with one score and 38 punts for 442 yards with another touchdown … Intercepted 11 passes and made 95 tackles in his career on defense … Snatched 57 passes for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, while also posting 29 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries … Grabbed 34 passes for 424 yards and five touchdown catches, along with 11 rushes for 11 yards and two touchdowns as a junior … Also made 38 tackles along with five interceptions that season … Had eight catches for 140 yards and three touchdowns along with 38 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore, and also made one catch for nine yards as a fresh-man … In basketball, he was rated one of the top players in the Iowa class of 2004 and also lettered in track, where he was timed at a career-best 10.9 seconds in the 100-meters.

Personal

General Studies major, enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts … Born Adrian Jarrard Arrington on 11/07/85 … Resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

 
 

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