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Ellis Hobbs

Height: 5-09 | Weight: 192 | College: Iowa State
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Positives: Has a tight waist and hips and minimal body fat (5.7%). … Aggressive athlete who makes plays against the run and pass and has also proven to be a very effective gunner on the punt coverage unit. … Can also handle kickoff return duties in an emergency. … Coachable, committed player who sometimes overworks in the weight room but shows good dedication. … Has a good nose for the ball and is especially active in run support. … Plays the ball aggressively. … Has the leaping ability to play bigger than his size indicates and will not hesitate to sacrifice his body and go vertical to make the play. … Solid tackler who will break down, face up, wrap and secure, showing aggression making the hit. … Better in press coverage than playing off the receiver, as he uses his hands effectively to reroute his opponent. … Has a good shuffle/slide technique in his backpedal and shows the range to cover ground in plays in front of him. … Takes on blocks with determination and is very active with his hands in attempts to disengage. … Made very good improvements with his hands in 2004, extending away from the frame to snatch and pluck the ball. … For a player with such marginal size, his frame displays impressive strength. … Can plant and accelerate quickly out of his breaks. … Has very good field instincts and intelligence and will not have problems dealing with the mental aspect of the game. … Shows very good leadership ability and will not hesitate getting on teammates when needed.

Negatives: Has marginal size (5:08.5) and a lean, yet compact build. … Does not do a good job of playing off the receiver, as he tends to lose a step because of hip stiffness and does not have that second gear needed to recover. … Eyes the backfield too much and this causes him to lose a feel for the receiver's location, resulting in getting beaten in man coverage. … Shows good aggression as a run stuffer, but a lack of size will see the bigger runners bounce off his tackles. … Needs backpedal technique refinement, as he shows some wasted motion in his turn (tight hips) and this will result in him losing position on the receiver. … If the receiver shows a good burst in the go route, Hobbs does not have the recovery burst to compensate.

2004 Season

All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention. … Second-team Academic All-Big Twelve choice and an ISU Scholar-Athlete. … Started all year at right cornerback. … Recorded 71 tackles (51 solo) with a 3-yard sack and two stops for losses of 8 yards. … Recovered a fumble and caused another. … Had an interception and nine pass deflections. … Gained 111 yards on six kickoff returns (18.5 avg).

2003 GAME Analysis

Ohio University: Deflected two passes and made three solo tackles.

Northern Illinois: Posted 7 tackles (6 solo), a pass break-up and had two kickoff returns for 43 yards.

Oklahoma: Followed with 5 tackles (3 solo), a pass deflection and 40 yards on two kickoff returns.

Texas Tech: Registered a season-high 10 tackles (9 solo) with a 9-yard kickoff return and gained 53 yards on a fumble return. … That was the longest fumble return in school history.

Texas and Nebraska: Collected seven tackles in each game.

Kansas State: Was in on 6 hits (3 solo).

Colorado: Posted three solo tackles, an interception and caused a fumble when he sacked QB Joel Klatt for a 3-yard loss. … Also batted away a pass.

Kansas: Made 9 tackles (5 solo) with a pass break-up.

Missouri: Closed out the season with 6 tackles (5 soloos) and a pass deflection.

2003 Season

ISU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Twelve Conference first-team pick. … Started every game at right cornerback. … Finished with 51 tackles (40 solo), a fumble recovery, two interceptions and twelve pass deflections.


Florida State, Oklahoma and Colorado: Had four tackles in each game.

Iowa and Missouri:Posted five stops in each contest.

Texas Tech: Deflected a pass, intercepted another and was in on three tackles.

Texas: Added 6 tackles (5 solo) and a pass break-up.

Kansas State: Registered a season-high 7 tackles (4 solo).

Boise State (Humanitarian Bowl): Collected 9 tackles (5 solo) and batted away two passes.

2002 Season

Saw action as a reserve cornerback, appearing in 11 games. … Recorded 16 tackles (11 solo) and returned six kickoffs for 91 yards (15.2 avg). … Began his collegiate career with a 4-yard interception return vs. Northern Iowa. … Recovered a fumble by Kahil Hill on a punt return vs. Iowa.

Injury Report

2001: Suffered a left knee partial meniscus tear in November (11/01), but did not miss any games.


Art and Visual Communication major. … Three-time ISU Scholar-Athlete. … Received the Academic Athlete of the Year Award and was a finalist for Christian Athlete of the Year. … Uncle, William Gaines, played defensive line for Florida and later competed for the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins. … Son of Nettie and Ellis Hobbs. … Born 5/16/83 in Niagara Falls, New York. … Resides in DeSoto, Texas.

High School

4.46 in the 40-yard dash … 380-pound bench press … 505-pound squat … 36-inch vertical jump … 10'3" broad jump … 30 -inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts … 17/24 Wonderlic score.


Attended DeSoto (Tex.) High, playing football for coach Ben Dial. … Named to the All-Dallas Metroplex Area first-team. … Offensive MVP for Texas Class 5A District 7 and selected to the Texas Sportswriters' Association Class 5A honorable mention team. … Ran for 1,701 yards on 233 carries with 29 touchdowns at the same school that produced Texas Tech All-American Byron Hanspard. … Also caught 18 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. … Team captain as a junior and senior. … Battled injuries his freshman and sophomore seasons and then backed up former Oklahoma State running back Tatum Bell as a junior. … Participated in track, competing in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays and the long jump. … Member of the National Honor Society.


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