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Yamon Figurs

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 174 | College: Kansas State
 
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Overview

Even though Figurs is slight of frame, he stands tall on the football field, whether as a deep threat receiver, a ball carrier on reverse, returning kicks or making the key tackle on the special teams coverage unit. In just three seasons with the Wildcats, he ranks fifth on the school record lists in career punt returns (48) and yards (553), sixth in punt return average (11.5 ypr) and sixth in career punt returns for touchdowns (two). He also ranked seventh in career kickoff return average (23.8),

At Westwood High School, Figurs was a three-year starter. He earned All-Conference and All-Area football honors as a senior. He also lettered in track and basketball. He ran an 11.01 into a stiff headwind to place second in the 100-meters at the 2001 Florida State Class 2A meet.

Upon graduation, Figurs joined the work force for a year before enrolling at Garden City Community College in 2002. He did not play football that year, but made up for lost time in 2003, as he garnered All-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention honors as a receiver. He had 25 receptions for 480 yards with six touchdowns, ranking eighth in the conference in receiving yards per game, despite playing in a run-oriented offense that averaged only 127.0 passing yards. Figurs also ranked 10th in the conference in all-purpose yardage (97.9 ypg), fourth in kickoff return average (28.1) and seventh in punt return average (12.9).

Figurs transferred to Kansas State in 2004. He started eight of 11 games that year, as he caught 31 passes for 483 yards (15.6 avg) and two touchdowns. He added 138 yards on 19 punt returns (12.5 avg) and rushed twice for eight yards while also posting three tackles on special teams.

As a junior, Figurs started nine of 11 contests. His 17.4-yard average on 14 catches for 243 yards and a score led the Wildcats. He managed 92 yards on seven punt returns (13.1 avg) and also gained 296 yards on 12 kickoff returns (24.7 avg) with a 98-yard score. He led the special teams coverage unit with 11 tackles (10 solos), as he caused and recovered one fumble.

Figurs started 12 games in 2006, earning All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors as a return specialist and honorable mention as a receiver. He suffered a concussion against Texas that forced him to miss the season finale against Kansas, but caught 28 passes for 418 yards (14.9 avg) and three touchdowns. He totaled 71 yards with two scores on three reverses (23.7 avg) and picked up 203 yards on nine kickoff returns (24.7 avg). He also returned 22 punts for 323 yards (14.7 avg) and two touchdowns while coming up with five solo tackles and two fumble recoveries.

In 34 games at Kansas State, Figurs started 29 contests. He finished with 73 receptions for 1,144 yards (15.7 avg) and six touchdowns, adding 79 yards and a pair of scores on five reverses (15.8 avg). He returned 48 punts for 553 yards (11.5 avg) and two touchdowns and had 21 kickoff returns for 499 yards (23.8 avg) and one score. He amassed 2,275 all-purpose yards, an average of 66.9 yards per game. He also recorded 19 tackles (17 solos) with three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Analysis

Positives: Despite a very lean frame, he shows good muscle definition … Has excellent playing speed and ball security skills on returns, showing the head fakes and moves to set up and freeze the defender … Looks very fluid changing direction and does a good job of sinking his pads and accelerating in and out of his cuts … Possesses good overall flexibility and body control fielding punts and kickoffs, and is patient waiting for his blocks to develop … Has the natural acceleration to elude in the open field and uses his foot speed and hip wiggle to avoid the jam coming off the snap … Very alert to the sidelines and sticks, finding a way to get free and settle into the soft areas … Alert to spacing and has good leaping ability to elevate and catch the ball at its high point … Has suddenness to gain advantage and an array of moves to elude in tight quarters … Has the body control to make sharp cuts and does a decent job adjusting to coverage … Can hold on to the ball well on contact and has nifty feet to separate after the catch.

Negatives: His frame is too frail to absorb punishment at the next level … Will definitely need to bulk up, but has struggled to keep weight on his frame … Does a good job of fielding punts and kicks, but struggles quite a bit to catch the thrown football … Needs to explode off the line to avoid the jam, as he doesn't have the strength to power through the press … Needs to extend his arms and catch the ball with his fingers, as balls will generally bounce out of the palms of his hands … Will compete for jump balls, but does not have the power to stop from getting knocked around when elevating … Struggles to catch the ball over his shoulder and will usually double catch … Might have some vision problems, as he seems to be surprised by the ball as it comes into his area (sees it at the last second) … Does not have the power to break tackles, and once the defender makes initial contact, the battle is usually over … Will just get in the way as a blocker, lacking the bulk to face up with consistency.

Compares To: DAVID ALLEN-ex-Jacksonville … Figurs might be suited for just return duties. He lacks the hands, strength and bulk to handle punishment going for the ball in a crowd, and struggles to look the ball in. He has exceptional speed and the second gear needed to elude on returns, but with his slight frame, he will get destroyed working on underneath routes at the next level. Like Allen, special teams will be his NFL meal ticket.

Career Notes

Ranks fifth in school history with 48 punt returns, topped only by Aaron Lockett (54, 1998-2001), Michael Smith (59, 1988-91), Mitch Running (62, 1992-95) and David Allen (103, 1997-2000) … His 553 yards on punt returns rank behind Veryl Switzer (596, 1951-53), Running (625), Lockett (845) and Allen (1,646) on the school's all-time record list … His two punt returns for touchdowns in 2006 rank third on KSU's single-season record list behind Allen (four in 1998) and Lockett (three in 2000) … Figurs' kickoff return average of 23.8 yards rank seventh on the school's career record chart.

2006 Season

All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection as a return specialist by the league's coaches, earning honorable mention as a receiver … Started all twelve games he played in as a flanker, finishing third on the team with 28 receptions for 418 yards (14.9 avg) and three touchdowns … Gained 71 yards with a pair of scores on three reverses (23.7 avg) … Ranked fifth in the nation with 323 yards and two touchdowns on 22 punt returns (14.7 avg) … His 14.7-yard average was the third-best season total in school history … Added 203 yards on nine kickoff returns (22.6 avg) … Recorded five solo tackles with a pair of fumble recoveries … Gained 1,015 all-purpose yards, an average of 84.6 yards per game … Sat out the regular season finale vs. Kansas after suffering a concussion the previous week vs. Texas.

2006 Game Analysis

Illinois State … Figurs had a quiet day on offense, catching two passes for 16 yards, but exploded on special teams, returning four kickoffs for 113 yards, including a long of 41 yards, and two punts for 89 yards (44.5 avg), including an 81-yard return for a touchdown with 1:55 remaining in the first half … His 81-yarder was the longest punt return in the Big 12 Conference during the 2006 campaign.

Florida Atlantic … The K-State receiver caught two passes for 24 yards, including a long of 15 yards … He also rushed the ball one time for 38 yards and a touchdown, which came at the 8:33 mark in the first quarter and capped an eight-play 83-yard drive … On special teams, Figurs returned two punts for minus 2 yards.

Marshall … Figurs totaled two receptions for 24 yards (12.0 avg.) in K-State's 23-7 victory.

Louisville … Figures finished the game with two catches for 25 yards, including a long of 14 yards, two punt returns for 10 yards and one kickoff return for 14 yards.

Baylor … The Wildcat wideout broke the 100-yard receiving mark for the first time in 2006, catching four passes for 101 yards, including a 68-yarder … Figurs also chipped in on special teams, returning three punts for 11 yards and one kickoff for 21 yards.

Oklahoma State … Figurs finished the game with two receptions for 22 yard, including a 17-yarder, three punt returns for 27 yards and one kickoff return for 24 yards.

Nebraska … Contributed two punt returns for 12 yards and one kickoff return for 14 yards in K-State's 21-3 loss to the Huskers.

Missouri … The Wildcat receiver finished the game with one reception for 10 yards and one punt return for 20 yards.

Iowa State … Figurs led the Wildcats in receptions vs. ISU, catching four passes for 49 yards, including a 24-yarder … He added one rush for 3 yards and one punt return for 2 yards.

Colorado … Figurs scored two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, in K-State's 34-21 victory … The receiver's first touchdown was a 9-yard pass from quarterback Josh Freeman midway through the second quarter … His second touchdown came on a 30-yard run at the 7:42 mark in the fourth quarter, capping a four-play, 56-yard drive … He finished the game with 24 receiving yards and a touchdown on three catches and 30 rushing yards and a touchdown on one carry … He also added 24 yards on three punt returns.

Texas … The K-State receiver scored two touchdowns as part of his six-catch, 123-yard (20.5 avg.) performance in the Wildcats' 45-42 upset win over Texas … With 6:09 remaining in the first quarter, Figurs hauled in 36-yard Josh Freeman touchdown pass to cap a four-play, 65-yard drive … Freeman connected with Figurs for a touchdown later in the game, this time on a 30-yard strike midway through the third quarter … Figurs added one punt return for 52 yards, but also suffered a concussion and was forced to leave the game.

Kansas … Did not play (concussion).

Rutgers (Texas Bowl) … Figurs capped the 2006 season with a special teams touchdown, returning a second-quarter punt 76 yards for the score … He finished the game with two punt returns for 78 yards and a touchdown and one kickoff return for 17 yards.

2005 Season

Figurs played in eleven games, earning nine starts … He started seven contests at split end and vs. North Texas and Nebraska at flanker … Ranked fourth on the team with fourteen receptions for 243 yards (17.4 avg) and a touchdown … Returned seven punts for 92 yards (13.1 avg) and gained 296 yards with a score on twelve kickoff returns (24.7 avg) … Gained 631 all-purpose yards and led the special teams coverage unit with eleven tackles (10 solos), as he caused and recovered one fumble … Five of his catches were for 20 yards or longer.

2005 Game Analysis

Made three catches for 24 yards vs. Florida International and had three more catches for 84 yards, including a 50-yarder in the North Texas clash … Added 31 yards on three grabs vs. Oklahoma and had two receptions for 31 yards vs. Kansas … Snared two passes for 63 yards and a 52-yard touchdown vs. Texas A&M … Returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score in the Texas Tech contest.

2004 Season

Earned the "Shorty" Kleinau Award, representing loyalty, hard work and commitment …

Saw action in all eleven games, starting eight contests at flanker in his first season at Kansas State … Snatched 31 passes for 483 yards (15.6 avg) and a pair of touchdowns …

Gained 138 yards on 19 punt returns (7.3 avg) and rushed twice for 8 yards … Added three tackles on special teams (2 solos).

2004 Game Analysis

Had a single-season best 106 yards on just four catches vs. Kansas, including a single-season long 51-yard reception and a 48-yard catch. The 51-yard reception came on a fourth-and-6 play late in the fourth quarter that set up the Wildcats' final touchdown … Hauled in a single-season high seven receptions for 112 yards, including a second-quarter 38-yard touchdown from QB Dylan Meier that gave K-State a 14-7 led vs. Colorado … Snagged three balls for a team-high 91 yards vs. Texas Tech with a 44-yard over-the-shoulder reception in the third quarter … Had five catches for 84 yards vs. Western Kentucky, including a 35-yarder and a 24-yarder … Registered a 20-yard scoring grab vs. Texas A&M … Had seven catches for 85 yards in the Oklahoma clash.

2003 Season

Earned All-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention as a receiver Garden City Community College, playing football for head coach Bob Larson … In ten games, he ranked second on the team with 25 receptions for 480 yards (19.2 avg) and six touchdowns … Rushed nine times for 48 yards (5.3 avg) and completed one of two pass attempts for 7 yards … Gained 142 yards on eleven punt returns (12.9 avg) and 309 yards with an 81-yard touchdown on eleven kickoff returns (28.1 avg) … Finished with 979 all-purpose yards.

2002 Season

Enrolled at Garden City Community College, but did not play football.

Injury Report

2006: Missed the season finale vs. Kansas after suffering a concussion the previous week vs. Texas.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.4 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 4.46 40-yard dash (against the wind) … 302-pound bench press … 765-pound safe squat … 275-pound hang clean … 32.5-inch vertical jump … 10'0" broad jump … 31-inch vertical jump … 8 1/2-inch hands … Right-handed … 13/29 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.35 in the 40-yard dash … 1.56 10-yard dash … 2.55 20-yard dash … 4.21 20-yard shuttle … 6.85 three-cone drill … 10'3" broad jump.

High School

Attended Westwood (Fort Pierce, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Kezen McMan … Three-year starter, earning All-Conference and All-Area honors as a senior … Also lettered in track and basketball … Ran an 11.01 into a stiff headwind to place second in the 100-meters at the 2001 Florida State Class 2A meet.

Personal

Graduated in December 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Social Science … Nickname is "Yo" … Son of Roslyn Frazier … Born 1/10/83 in Fort Pierce, Florida.

 
 
 

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