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Quincy Black

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 240 | College: New Mexico
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A vastly underrated talent with excellent speed, Black found a home at New Mexico playing linebacker after beginning his career as a defensive end at Harper College. He wreaked havoc on the opposition's passing game while playing the safety/linebacker hybrid Lobo position which was made famous at UNM by All-American Brian Urlacher in 1998 and '99.

Black earned All-Public League honors as a senior at Kenwood High School. He added All-Conference honors as a sophomore and junior. He recorded 224 tackles and 17 sacks in his career. He collected 89 tackles with nine sacks as a senior and produced 87 tackles and six sacks during his junior year. He was also a three-year letterman on the basketball court, earning third-team All-Public League honors.

Black enrolled at Harper College in 2002, but did not play football. He started all 11 games at defensive end, earning second-team All-American, All-Region and All-State accolades in 2003. He set the school freshman season record with 16.5 sacks and 28.5 stops for losses while producing 88 tackles (47 solos).

A late addition to the New Mexico football team before the 2004 season opener, Black appeared in 12 games as a reserve outside linebacker. He finished his first season with the Lobos by totaling 18 tackles (11 solos) and a forced fumble.

Black started 10 of 11 games in 2005 for the Lobos, coming off the bench against Colorado State after missing most of the week's practices to attend his grandfather's funeral. He ranked third on the team with 63 tackles (29 solos) and was credited with 1.5 sacks and 3.5 stops for losses. He also deflected five passes and picked off another that he returned for a touchdown.

The first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection had a banner final season for the Lobos. Black led the team with a career-high 114 tackles (57 solos), adding one stop for a loss and a forced fumble. He batted away four passes and intercepted three others, returning one for a touchdown.

In 36 games at New Mexico, Black started 23 contests. He finished his Lobos career with 195 tackles (97 solos), 1.5 sacks for minus-16 yards, 4.5 stops for losses of 25 yards and five quarterback pressures. He caused two fumbles and deflected nine passes. He also gained 169 yards with two touchdowns on four interception returns (42.3 avg).


Positives: Has an athletic, angular build with a thick chest, broad shoulders and good muscle definition in his arms and legs, tight hips and waist and good strength for a possible position switch to safety … Runs with a quick stride, showing good flexibility and knee bend in his pass drops … Has the lateral quickness and range to make plays on the move and does a good job of flipping his hips to turn and come out of his breaks cleanly … Closes on the ball with good urgency, showing decent field awareness to make checks and adjustments … Accelerates quickly to the run alleys, but is better served playing on the edge where he can use his quickness to zero in on the ball (lacks the power to shed blocks when playing vs. the inside run) … Mirrors receivers' moves in the short area and refuses to allow any underneath cushion … Showed good improvement using his hands to reroute the tight ends and backs in man coverage, utilizing his long arms to reach around the receiver to get his hands on the ball … Does a nice job shuffling his feet working down the line and it is rare to see him take false steps when moving to the ball … Settles in nicely dropping off in the zone, handling the switch-off with ease … Springs into his tackles and is very active staying in the receiver's face … Has the range and catch-up speed to quickly recover when beaten on deep routes, doing a good job of scanning the field and keeping eye contact on the quarterback when working in the zone … Adjusts smoothly to the ball in flight, timing his leaps and extending outside the frame to look the ball in … Alert to the receivers in his area and breaks sharply out of his backpedal … Catches with his hands properly extended and has school-record leaping ability (42 inches) competing for the jump ball … Very good blitzer (rarely used though), as few linemen have the feet or retreat agility to mirror his moves once he gets past the line of scrimmage … Has a good feel for taking proper angles to the ball and has the closing speed needed to keep plays in front of him … Can get to the edge to chase down the ball carrier and has the plant-and-drive agility to close down the cutback lanes.

Negatives: Has to get more active in run support (tends to shy away from inside contact, making him a better secondary fit than one who can play inside the box at the next level) … Will get engulfed by the lineman trying to plug the inside rush lanes and lacks good hand punch in attempts to shed blocks … Good at rerouting the receiver, but needs to use his hands with more force in attempts to reroute … His good weight room strength fails to translate to the football field, as he needs to strike with more force and extend his arms better in attempts to free himself when working in trash … Does not take well to hard coaching and needs to be monitored in the training room (does what is asked, nothing more) … Has a good-looking frame, but plays too passive at times, and with his physique he should be blowing people up rather than making arm tackles … Drag-down type of tackler who gets a little reckless in his play and is prone to out-running the action … Must improve his anchor, as teams capitalized when they ran the ball directly at him … More of a blitzer who lacks any type of pass rush moves to be consistent attacking the pocket off the edge.

Compares To: MICHAEL BOLEY-Atlanta … Teams like Black as a weak-side linebacker, but he doesn't show the strength to shed blocks at that position and seems to be better suited playing on the move or in the secondary, where his marginal skills against the run won't be exposed. He has excellent closing speed and the ability to close from the backside, but he fails to use his hands to protect his body and is too slow to disengage. He gets good depth in his pass drops and is able to flip his hips and turn cleanly out of his breaks.

Career Notes

Including his 2003 season at Harper College, Black recorded 283 tackles (144 solos) with 18 sacks, 33 stops behind the line of scrimmage, three forced fumbles, 11 pass deflections and four interceptions … His 88-yard interception return against Brigham Young in 2006 was the eighth-longest return in school history and the longest since Brian Braziel's 99-yarder against Texas-El Paso in 1996 … His 138 yards on interception returns in 2006 were the most in a season by a New Mexico player since Stan Quintana gained 172 yards in 1964 … Black's 114 tackles in 2006 were the most by a New Mexico player in a season since Brian Urlacher's 154 in 1999.

2006 Season

All-American honorable mention by College Football News … First-team All-Mountain West Conference selection … Served as defensive squad captain … Manned the safety/linebacker hybrid Lobo position which was made famous at UNM by All-American Brian Urlacher in 1998 and '99 (lined up between linebacker and safety depth and had significant pass coverage responsibilities) … Led the team with a career-high 114 tackles (57 solos) … Had one stop for a 5-yard loss and five quarterback pressures … Caused a fumble and batted away four passes … Gained 138 yards on three interception returns (46.0 avg), including one touchdown … Registered at least ten tackles in eight contests.

2006 Game Analysis

Portland State … Opened the season with just three tackles and a pressure.

New Mexico State … Was all over the field, recording twelve tackles (7 solos) and forcing a fumble in 91 plays … Helped limit the Aggies to just 60 yards rushing (2.0 avg) and also provided solid coverage throughout the night, limiting the success of the "Air Raid" offense across the middle of the field.

Missouri … Collected ten tackles (6 solos) and assisted O.J. Swift in taking down QB Chase Daniel for an 8-yard loss on a mid second quarter bootleg at midfield … Helped help hold the Tigers' high powered offense 130 yards under its season average … Did a fine job of shutting down the Missouri screen passes for much of the night.

Texas-El Paso … Followed with twelve tackles (5 solos) and a pass deflection to lead a strong performance by the defense, which held prolific UTEP offense 128 yards under its season average … Set the tone with seven stops in the first half as the Miners mustered just 83 yards on offense … His pass break-up appeared to be an interception, but officials ruled the pass incomplete.

Air Force … Added thirteen tackles (3 solos) to lead a solid defensive effort against one of the nation's most challenging offenses … The Falcons finished with 281 yards of total offense, 107 under their season average.

Wyoming … Registered eleven tackles (4 solos) and picked off a third-&-7 Karsten Sween pass at the UNM 27, returning the ball 35 yards to set up Kenny Byrd's 45-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Made ten tackles (6 solos) and teamed with Zach Arnett in tackling Erick Jackson for a 3-yard loss at the UNLV 35 five minutes into the third quarter, as Black appeared in 67 snaps … Blasted the Rebels' top receiver, Casey Flair, across the middle to force a punt on a third-&-7 play late the fourth quarter.

Utah … Generated ten tackles (5 solos) with a pass deflection … Displayed sideline-to-sideline speed, chasing down ball carriers in the spread option offense and was very active in coverage … Just missed his second interception of the year when he dropped the ball, resulting in a pass break-up instead … Was also called upon to blitz several times and recorded a season-high two pressures.

Colorado State … Had a string of seven consecutive double-digit tackle performances snapped, as he came up with seven tackles and a pass deflection … Intercepted a third-&-15 pass thrown by Caleb Hanie and returned the ball 15 yards, setting up QB Donovon Porterie's 35-yard touchdown pass to Travis Brown at the start of the fourth quarter.

Texas Christian … Managed six tackles (3 solos) as he helped the Lobos limit the Horned Frogs to a season-low 192 yards of total offense, nearly 200 under their season average … TCU had a mere 25 yards passing, including 8 yards on 13 attempts over the final three quarters.

Brigham Young … Registered ten tackles (6 solos), but was beaten by tight end Jonny Harline on a 71-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter … Made up for that miscue by intercepting a third-&-7 pass thrown by John Beck for an 88-yard touchdown return midway through the third quarter … His 88-yader was the eighth-longest return in school history and the third-longest in Mountain West Conference annals.

San Diego State … Led the team with nine tackles (6 solos, as the defense let the Aztecs score just once on four drives into the red zone.

San Jose State (New Mexico Bowl) … Playing outside linebacker for the first time this season, Black finished with just one tackle, but remained an active force on defense, tying up blockers to allow his teammates to make plays … Credited with a pass break-up that he nearly intercepted and also had two pressures … Helped the defense limit the Spartans to 87 yards rushing - nearly 100 under their regular season average.

2005 Season

Black started eleven of twelve games for the Lobos, coming off the bench vs. Colorado State after missing most of the week's practices due to the death of his grandfather … Finished with 63 tackles (29 solos), 1.5 sacks for minus 16 yards and 3.5 stops for losses of 20 yards … Deflected five passes and intercepted another for a 31-yard touchdown return.

2005 Game Analysis

Nevada-Las Vegas … In his first career start for the Lobos, Black made five tackles (3 solos), despite missing much of the second half due to dehydration … Tackled QB Shane Steichen for a 3-yard loss on a second quarter bootleg, adding a pressure while also going high to break-up a swing pass.

Missouri … Led a resilient defensive effort with nine tackles (4 solos) in 73 snaps, as he also pressured QB Brad Smith.

New Mexico State … Produced eight tackles (5 solos) with 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage … Assisted DeAndre Wright in sacking QB Joey Vincent for an 11-yard loss on third-&-8, forcing the Aggies to punt late in the third quarter … With 2:01 left in that quarter, Black again sacked Vincent for minus 11 yards.

Wyoming … Credited with a six-tackle performance … Did a tremendous job caving in the pocket throughout the afternoon, flushing QB Corey Bramlet out of the pocket as the passer was intercepted by cornerback Mike Powdrell in the fourth quarter … The pick led to what proved to be the game-winning UNM field goal in a 27-24 decision.

San Diego State … Chased down QB Kevin O'Connell for a 1-yard loss on a second quarter option run and made two solo tackles.

Colorado State … Added nine tackles (8 assists) with a pass deflection on a third-&-3 play deep in Lobo territory.

Utah … Delivered eight tackles (6 assists) with a pass break-up and intercepted a third-&-2 Brian Johnson pass and returned the ball 31 yards for a touchdown with 6:40 left in the first quarter.

Air Force … Closed out the season with 10 tackles (4 solos).

2004 Season

Appeared in all twelve games on special teams and in spot defensive duty … Was the first linebacker off the bench and developed into one of the team's most ferocious wedge-busters on kickoff coverage, displaying great speed and power flying downfield … Posted 18 tackles (11 solos) and caused a fumble.

2004 Game Analysis

Posted seven tackles in each of the Wyoming and Navy games … Played a season-high 25 defensive snaps at Air Force and finished with two solo tackles … His big hit in kickoff coverage at Colorado State forced a fumble that led to a third quarter UNM field goal.

2003 Season

Second-team All-American defensive end at Harper (Palatine, Ill.) Junior College, adding All-Region and All-State honors while playing for head coach John Elisiak … Recorded 88 tackles (47 solos), a school season-record 16.5 sacks and 28.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage … Caused one fumble and deflected two passes.

2002 Season

Redshirted during his first season at Harper College.

Injury Report

2005: Missed most of the second half of the Nevada-Las Vegas game (9/05) with dehydration.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.7 in the 40-yard dash … 335-pound bench press … 415-pound squat … 352-pound power clean … School-record 42-inch vertical jump … 31 7/8-inch arm length … 10 3/4-inch hands … Right-handed … 20/26 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.45 in the 40-yard dash … 1.53 10-yard dash … 2.62 20-yard dash … 41.5-inch vertical jump … 10'4" broad jump … 4.34 20-yard shuttle … 11.23 60-yard shuttle … 6.86 three-cone drill … Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times.

High School

Attended Kenwood (Chicago, Ill.) High School, playing football for head coach Kevin Murray … Earned All-Public League honors as a senior … Added All-Conference honors as a sophomore and junior … Recorded 224 tackles and 17 sacks in his career … Collected 89 tackles with nine sacks as a senior and produced 87 tackles and six sacks during his junior year … Three-year letterman on the basketball court, earning third-team All-Public League honors.


Graduated in December 2006 with a degree in University Studies … Born Quincy Booker Black on 2/28/84 in Chicago, Illinois.

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