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College Dark Phoenix

Welcome to the first edition of the College Dark Phoenix! Here we take a look at college players that might be a year or two away from the draft, or those that are simply unknown. These players have flashed some potential, thus lighting them up on the fantasy radar. College players can come out of nowhere. Terrell Davis and Willie Parker didn't get much college playing time, but we all know their name now. Let's get right to it.


Brian Calhoun - RB- Wisconsin
5'10" 195 lbs. - Junior - #20 rated high school RB when entering college

Rush / Rec Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Bowling Green
43
248
5
1
39
0

I was able to see quite a bit of Brian Calhoun when he first started his college career here at the University of Colorado. Calhoun is a big time RB with sprinter's speed (4.29 40 yard dash). I liked what I saw from Calhoun and expected big things from him as a Buffalo. Well, he transferred due to all the problems with the CU program to his native Wisconsin. His home town is Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and he thought he had a better chance to be part of a great team if he transferred.

Due to NCAA rules, Calhoun had to sit out the 2004 season and watched as Anthony Davis led the Badgers in rushing. His patience paid off, and the Badgers are happy to have him after his first performance. Wisconsin is a team that runs the ball consistently and Brian is a game breaker. He is a member of the track team and it shows on the football field. Not only is Calhoun a speed guy, he also has some moves as well.

Don't expect to see him get 43 carries in a game again, because he is a bit undersized. Brian is a determined inside runner, and NFL scouts are intrigued by his speed and skill set. He has soft hands, but probably won't be used much as a receiver. If Calhoun stays healthy you may see him forgo his senior season for a shot at the NFL. He would be a great fit in the NFL and his style is similar to that of Brian Westbrook. Fantasy owners should put Brian Calhoun's name into their mental rolodex as he could become a star on the next level.


D.J. Shockley - QB - Georgia
6'1" 206 lbs. - Senior - #2 ranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Att
Comp
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Boise State
16
24
289
5
0
5
85
1

Super Prep had him ranked as the #1 QB in the country. #1 or #2, either way, this kid has some serious skills. D.J. was coached by his father Don Shockley in high school, where he broke many records at North Clayton High School in Georgia. He entered Georgia as the highly touted QB but was redshirted his freshmen year.

Over the next 2 season D.J. has developed into a dangerous passer as well as a dangerous runner. He backed up David Greene (who's now with the Seattle Seahawks) and bided his time to shine. Shockley has been labeled as a running QB, a label that he would like to change. D.J. has shown improvement in his decision making and looks to have a great Senior season.

He started off the 2005 season with a bang, throwing for 5 TDs versus Boise State. Shockley's size and skill set are reminiscent of a young Kordell Stewart. We shall see if he can lead his Bulldog team effectively and march into the NFL draft as a highly touted prospect. If Shockley doesn't blow the competition away in his final season at Georgia he may have to enter the NFL as a mid to late round draft pick. Either way, Shockley's sights are set on the big time and he's got the ability to be an effective playmaker on the next level.


That'll do it this week for the College Dark Phoenix. Check it out every week, for some college sleepers!

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