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Xavier Omon

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 228 | College: Northwest Missouri State
 
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Overview

One of just seven Division II players to ever rush for over 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons, Omon etched his name in the school, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and NCAA record books. He joined Danny Woodhead of Division II's Chadron State (7,962 yards, 2004-07) and R.J. Bowers of Division III's Grove City (7,353 yards, 1997-2000) as the only players in the history of college football (all levels) to ever rush for over

7,000 yards (7,073) in a career.

The talented tailback also ranks third in Division II annals in scoring, collecting 590 points. His 98 total touchdowns are surpassed by Germaine Race of Pittsburg State (2003-06) and Danny Woodhead's 109 scores on the D-II all-time record list. He also ranks ninth in NCAA history with 7,777 all-purpose yards. His 2,337 yards rushing in 2007 was the fourth-best season total in D-II annals, while his 228 points scored in his final year tied an NCAA annual record (along with Woodhead, in 2006).

Omon earned Class B All-Nebraska honors in both football and basketball as a junior and senior at Beatrice High School. He was also named second-team Superstate in football as a senior. Hoping for a scholarship to a major college, he was snubbed by those schools, but was offered a preferred walk-on at Nebraska before he ended up enrolling at Northwest Missouri State in 2003.

But, Omon's career got off to a rocky start due to family tragedies, forcing him to redshirt in 2003 to deal with depression. In 1994, an older brother died in a car accident. In 1999, an uncle who was a father-figure was also killed in a car accident. In 2000, he found his younger brother dead after he committed suicide by hanging himself. It all became too much of a burden for Omon, who struggled to fit in with his teammates.

Bearcats head coach Mel Tjeerdsma helped Omon through these troubled times, as the tailback accepted counseling at the school for his depression. "He's a great kid, he's just had a tough life," Tjeerdsma said. "He had some personal issues that he didn't deal with very well. It affected his relationship with his teammates and his coaches, but it never affected his play on the field."

Omon admits his attitude wasn't the best earlier in his career. "My whole life, my goal was to make it so my mom won't have to ever work again. I wasn't sure that by playing in Division II I'd get that opportunity," he said. As Omon's legend grew, NFL scouts found their way to campus. "I definitely think he has a chance to get drafted," Tjeerdsma said.

In 2004, Omon began his strong of leading the team in rushing four consecutive seasons. Despite starting just 5-of-13 games, the tailback carried 249 times for 1,575 yards (6.3 avg) and a then season-record 19 touchdowns, ranking 19th nationally with an average of 121.2 yards per game. He also gained 122 yards with a score on 14 receptions (8.7 avg), as he scored 120 points. He garnered All-MIAA first-team accolades and was an All-American honorable mention.

As a sophomore, Omon started thirteen games, missing the Missouri Western clash with a left ankle sprain. He was again an All-American honorable mention, adding second-team All-MIAA and All-Region recognition. He paced the Bearcats with a then school season-record 1,643 yards and 14 touchdowns on 309 carries. He placed sixth on the squad with 30 catches for 224 yards (7.5 avg), adding a pair of scores. He totaled 98 points and gained 1,889 all-purpose yards.

The team's Offensive MVP and Harlon Hill Trophy finalist was a first-team All-American and All-MIAA pick. He ranked ninth in the nation with 1,518 yards and 22 touchdowns on 343 carries (4.4 avg). He hauled in 17 passes for 172 yards (10.1 avg) and two scores, as his 24 total touchdowns set a conference season record.

The 2007 season was Omon's "coming out" party to the national media. He was a consensus All-American first-team pick and named National Offensive Player of the Year by D2Football.com. He was also selected All-MIAA first-team, ranking third nationally with school and league records, as he rushed 370 times for 2,337 yards, the fourth-best season total in NCAA Division II annals. He set the D-II season-record with 37 touchdowns on the ground and tied the NCAA annual mark with 228 points scored. He also set the MIAA record with 2,501 all-purpose yards.

In 54 games at Northwest Missouri State, Omon started 45 times. He closed out his career as the Division II's second-leading rusher and third all-time in college football history. He carried 1,271 times for 7,073 yards (5.6 avg) and 92 touchdowns, averaging 130.98 yards per game. He snatched 90 passes for 682 yards (7.6 avg) and six scored. He also had a 22-yard kickoff return and posted two solo tackles. He scored 590 points and amassed 7,777 all-purpose yards, an average of 144.02 yards per game.

Analysis

Positives: Has a well-built upper body frame with good arm muscle definition, athletic lower body with a good bubble and muscular calves … Has excellent size for a player at his position with just enough speed to get past second level defenders, but not enough to elude defenders on long runs … Lacks top-end speed and a second gear, but has good enough feet and speed, as he flashes the ability to make cuts with short-area quickness … Shows body control to weave in and out of traffic … His vision is inconsistent but, overall, he has good run instincts … Learns football well (not a reps guy) … Locates defenders in pass protection … Hard runner who will move the chains, showing the rumble ability to move the pile and will work to finish off runs … Tough, durable, productive player who works hard when he's focused … Not a punishing or bruising back, but breaks tackles well when he keeps his pads down and shoulders squared … Has shown some effectiveness as a receiver … Naturally extends and grabs balls away from his body … Has the ability to one-hand balls on the move on check-downs, showing pluck ability (might be the best part of his game) … Better cut blocker than when working in-line, as he takes good angles and has the ability to go low and take out the linebacker's feet … Good at picking up the blitz in pass protection, but can be walked back into the pocket by a strong bull rush … Best when running between the tackles, but can slalom through on outside stretch plays … Prefers to run over defenders than elude, but has the strong lower body to gain valid yardage after the initial tackle … Can run the circle for the check down in the middle and shows good pluck ability … More of a downhill runner, but has a strong stiff-arm to defeat tackles … Does a nice job of keeping his feet moving to push the pile and while not elusive, he has quick plant-&-drive agility to redirect … Has the powerful upper body to collide with a defender, spin off the opponent and keep his balance, showing good forward body lean to gain additional yards.

Negatives: More of an inside runner, lacing the speed and acceleration to be a long distance threat … Has had bouts of depression in the past, which causes him to still be moody at times (not a team leader) … Needs to be monitored and pushed in the training room, but is a coachable player who will work hard once he is focused … Flashes some side-stepping agility, but isn't a multiple-cut runner … Has instincts as a runner, but his vision is inconsistent, as he will run into spots and does not always see the cutback lane … Takes it to the perimeter too soon, at times, but is not an outside threat … Flashes good north-south ability on inside runs, but does not always run with authority … Runs too high inside, holding the ball too low and away from his body, leaving the ball too exposed and primed for a turnover (turned the ball on 5-of-6 fumbles in 2007 and on all three fumbles in 2006) … Tough player, but lacks good power and explosiveness for a player of his size … Has the feel to weave through traffic on his way to the outside, but lacks the speed to outrun defenders … Lacks a second gear in the open field, getting walked down on plays that he does break … Doesn't make many defenders miss … Has an effective side-step, at times, but often loses his balance … Prefers to run over defenders, rather than to elude them … Carries the ball too low and a bit loose … Runs a circle route in the middle of the field for check-downs, but isn't really sudden on arrow-type routes … Tough player who will attempt to face-up defenders, at times, but isn't a consistent blocker … Would rather cut-block or give a weak chip than face up … Tries to stay frontal in pass protection, but lacks good technique as a blocker … Doesn't always have a solid base under him in pass protection and needs to be quicker with his hands.

Compares To: PRIEST HOLMES-ex-Kansas City … Omon does not have the superb pass catching skills that Holmes displayed, but both are solid "meat-&-potatoes" type of runners who take whatever the defense gives them. He is a good short area receiver and downhill runner, but even with 92 touchdowns on the ground, he's more of a north-south type than one that can elude in the open field. For a team with a quick scatback, he could be the thunder to that player's lightning.

Career Notes

Omon holds virtually every game, season and career rushing records in school (32-of-34 categories) and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association history … He also etched his name in the NCAA record books … With 7,073 yards rushing, he became just the second Division III player and only the third in college football history to rush for over 7,000 yards in a career, joining Danny Woodhead of Division II's Chadron State (7,962 yards, 2004-07) and R.J. Bowers of Division III's Grove City (7,353 yards, 1997-2000) … His 92 touchdowns on the ground and 98 total scores rank third in Division II history behind Woodhead's 101 rushing touchdowns and 109 total scores and Germaine Race of Pittsburg State's 107 touchdowns on the ground and 109 total scores … His 590 total points rank third in D-II history, topped by Race (656) and Woodhead (654) … Ranks ninth in NCAA history with 7,777 all-purpose yards … His 228 points scored in 2007 tied the Division II season-record that was first set by Danny Woodhead in 2006 … His 2,337 yards gained rushing in 2007 rank fourth on the D-II season-record chart behind Woodhead's 2,756 in 2006, Kavin Gailliard of American International's 2,653 yards in 1999 and Ian Smart of C.W. Post's 2,536 yards in 2001 … Is the only player in college football history to run for over 1,500 yards in four seasons and only the seventh to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season four times … Scored at least one touchdown in each of his final eighteen games.

2007 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, D2Football.com, Daktronics, Associated Press, Football Gazette and Associated Press … Named National Offensive Player of the Year by D2Football.com … All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association first-team choice and named the league's Offensive Player of the Year … The team MVP ranked third in the nation in rushing with an average of 166.9 yards per game, ranking second nationally in scoring (16.3 ppg) and tenth in all-purpose yardage (178.6 ypg) … Led the Division II ranks with 2,337 yards and 37 touchdowns rushing, carrying 370 times (6.3 avg), all good for MIAA and school season-records … Also led college football (all levels) in scoring with 228 points, which tied the NCAA Division II season-record … Finished third on the team with 29 receptions for 164 yards (5.7 avg) and a score … Piled up 2,501 all-purpose yards in fourteen games, scoring at least once in each contest … Ran for at least 100 yards in twelve games, going over 200 yards five times and over 300 yards once … Turned the ball over five times on six fumbles.

2007 Game Analysis

Nebraska-Omaha … Scored once on 26 carries, gaining 115 yards while catching three passes for 4 yards.

Missouri Western … Added 120 yards on 28 attempts with three touchdowns and caught four passes for 56 yards.

Truman … Posted 117 yards on 20 attempts, running for five touchdowns … Omon had a pair of scores in each of the first two quarters, and scored his fifth on the first drive of the second half for the Bearcats, as Northwest accumulated 526 yards of offense vs. the Bulldogs … Omon also reached a pair of MIAA milestones, as he became the fifth student-athlete in league history to rush for over 5,000 yards … Also moved up to fifth on the all-time scoring list after recording his 400th career point.

Southwest Baptist … Collected three touchdowns while running for 116 yards on 14 tries.

Pittsburg State … For the second time in three games, Oman ran for five touchdowns, including a 63-yarder, picking up 274 yards on 34 chances, earning MIAA Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Central Missouri … Went over 200 yards rushing for the second-straight game, totaling 217 yards on 25 attempts with an 80-yard touchdown.

Fort Hays State … Followed with 27 rushes for 151 yards and two scores, as he also made five catches for 38 yards … Omon logged both touchdowns for Northwest, his scoring runs of 5 and 4 yards sandwiching a 25-yard field goal by junior K Tommy Frevert and giving the Bearcats a 17-0 lead with 4:08 to go in the second quarter … He also surpassed 1,000 yards for the year by getting 151 yards on 27 carries, becoming just the seventh Division II back to crack four figures in each of his four seasons.

Washburn … Had 32 carries for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns … He scored the touch-down to knot the game 21-21, converting two fourth downs on the drive … Omon, who has 22 touchdowns this season, has 82 for his career, a Northwest Missouri State record … He also has a school-record 5,989 career rushing yards and is 247 yards from becoming the first Division II player to rush for 1,500 yards in four consecutive seasons

Emporia State … Credited with 25 runs for 230 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yarder.

Missouri Southern … Produced 83 yards with two scores on 16 tries … With his 83 yards, Omon became the 11th player in Division II history to rush for 6,000 yards and the fifth player to score 500 points … With 83 yards, it was the first time Omon failed to reach 100 yards in 15 games.

West Texas A&M (NCAA Division II Playoffs) … Went back over the century mark with 28 runs for 107 yards and four touchdowns.

Chadron State (NCAA Division II Regional Championship) … Exploded for a season-high 309 yards and three touchdowns, including a 37-yarder, as he carried 37 times and grabbed three passes for 24 yards.

Grand Valley State (NCAA Division II Semi-finals) … Caught an 11-yard scoring pass and ran 31 times for 292 yards and three touchdowns, including a career-long 98-yarder … Omon sealed the game by breaking off a 98-yard touchdown run to give Northwest Missouri State a 34-16 lead with just over nine minutes left.

Valdosta State (NCAA Division II National Championship) … Closed out his career with 27 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown.

2006 Season

The NFL Draft Report and Football Gazette first-team All-American selection, adding second-team honors from D2Football.com … Harlon Hill Southwest Region finalist … All-MIAA first-team, All-Southwest Region second-team and named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player … Raniked sixth in the nation in scoring (11.1 ppg) and ninth in rushing yardage wirg 1,518 on 343 carries (4.4 avg) … Scored 144 points on 22 touchdowns on the ground and two more receiving … Caught 17 passes for 172 yards (10.1 avg) … Recorded a solo tackle vs. Grand Valley State and gained 1,690 all-purpose yards, an average of 130.0 yards per game … Turned the ball over three times on fumbles … Scored at least once on the ground in 11-of-13 contests … Ran for over 100 yards ten times … Ran for at least 20 yards on eleven rushing attempts.

2006 Game Analysis

Posted season-high 35 totes three times, including playoff win vs. Chadron State, when he had 158 yards … Went for a season-best 166 yards on 23 carries at Central Missouri … Broke career all-games rushing record, previously held by David Jansen, with 144 yards on 35 carries vs. Missouri Western (4,736 yards) … Tied a then school game-record with four rushing touchdowns vs. Emporia State, picking up 105 yards on 21 tries … Rushed for 100-plus yards in seven of his last eight games and 17 of his last 21 games overall … After sitting out two games with a rib injury, capped off season with four-straight 100-yard games … Scored three times on 30 attempts for 143 yards vs. Truman … Added three scores on 13 tries for 62 yards vs. Fort Hays State … Rushed 29 times for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns vs. Bloomsburg.

2005 Season

Daktronics All-Southwest Region and All-MIAA second-team pick … Football Gazette All-American honorable mention … Finished 26th in the country in rushing yards per game (117.4), 41st in all-purpose yards (134.9) and 70th in scoring (6.9) … Went a five-game stretch of at least 100 yards rushing for an average of 168.6 per game … Collected a then school season-record 1,643 yards with fourteen touchdowns on 309 carries (5.3 avg) … Made a career-high 30 catches for 224 yards (7.5 avg) and two scores … Totaled 1,889 all-purpose yards … Fumbled just once on 309 attempts, but the team recovered the loose ball vs. Central Missouri.

2005 Game Analysis

Had a career-best seven receptions vs. Central Missouri … Accounted for three scores, two rushing, vs. Pittsburg State … Was hobbled with an ankle injury as he departed early vs. Truman and sat out vs. Missouri Western … Totaled three rushes of over 60 yards, including a 70-yard jaunt at Washburn … Posted a season-high 225 yards on 24 carries in playoff win vs. Angelo State.

2004 Season

Football Gazette and D2Football.com All-American honorable mention … Second-team Daktronics All-Southwest Region pick … First-team All-MIAA selection … Appeared in thirteen games … Despite starting just five times, he ranked 19th in the nation in rushing (121.2 ypg) and 22nd in scoring (9.2 ppg) … Gained 1,575 yards with 19 touchdowns on 249 carries (6.3 avg) … Scored 120 points … Caught 14 passes for 122 yards (8.7 avg) and one score … Added a solo tackle … Amassed 1,697 all-purpose yards, an average of 130.5 yards per game … Turned the ball over twice on four fumbles … His 120 season points tied David Jansen in 1999 for the most by a non-kicker in school history … Received the team award for the Phil Voge Redshirt Freshman of the Year.

2004 Game Analysis

Went over 100 yards in six straight contests at one point and seven games overall … His 91-yard touchdown run at Missouri Southern tied him for the longest run from scrimmage in reported school history … Posted two 200-yard rushing games, including a career-best 221 yards vs. Central Missouri … Rumbled for 160 yards on 22 carries vs. Pittsburg State in the Fall Classic - that total was an opponent high vs. the Gorillas, who were 22nd in the NCAA in rushing defense … Became the first freshman rusher in reported Northwest history to surpass 1,000 season rushing yards.

2003 Season

Red-shirted as a freshman

Injury Report

2005: Sat out the Missouri Western game (9/17) after spraining his left ankle vs. Truman (9/10).

2006: Underwent left big toe surgery in March, missing spring drills … Fractured a rib on the left side (12th rib) vs. Central Missouri (10/28), missing the Pittsburg State (11/04) and Southwest Baptist (11/11) games.

2008: Could not complete agility tests at the NFL Combine due to left knee swelling.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.6 in the 40-yard dash … 1.54 10-yard dash … 2.61 20-yard dash … 4.29 20-yard shuttle … 6.71 three-cone drill … 38.5-inch vertical jump … 9'7" broad jump … 300-pound bench press … 535-pound squat … 360-pound hang clean … 31 3/4-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 18/48 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.62 in the 40-yard dash … 1.57 10-yard dash … 2.64 20-yard dash … 31-inch vertical jump … 9'4" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.

High School

Attended Beatrice (Neb.) High School, playing football for head coach Dallas Jensen … Earned Class B All-Nebraska honors in both football and basketball as a junior and senior … Named second-team Superstate in football as a senior.

Personal

Broadcasting major … Son of Delorise Omon-Brown and Anthony Brown … Born 2/15/85 …

Resides in Lawrence, Kansas.

 
 

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