|Height: 5-09 | Weight: 192 | College: Iowa State|
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.
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.
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.
2002 GAME ANALYSIS
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.
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.
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.
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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