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College Dark Phoenix

Here we go with another edition of the College Dark Phoenix. This week we are going to look at two outstanding RBs, one that is just getting started and one that will be draft eligible next year. We are also going to examine the prospects of a small school QB with big time potential. You are reading The Dark Phoenix where you can get a glimpse of players rising from the ashes that could pay dividends for your fantasy team in the future.


Albert Young - RB - Iowa Hawkeyes
5'10" 207 lbs. - Sophomore - 160th ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Northwestern
38
202
2
1
2
0

Albert Young had an outstanding prep career at Moorestown High School, finishing as South Jersey's all time leading rusher with 5,411 yards. As a senior he was named New Jersey offensive Player of the Year. He was the first back in New Jersey history to rush for over 2,000 yards twice in a career. Even in his junior year, when he missed 3 games with a knee injury, he still rushed over 1,000 yards.

Young is a classic slashing RB with good vision. His best asset is the ability to find the smallest crease and turn it into big gains. The reason he's so adept at finding the cutback lanes is the fact that Albert has a great initial burst. Once through the hole he has the speed to get to the 2nd level very quickly. He's not a physical runner, but has been known to run through arm tackles from time to time. His game is all about speed and moves, and he's very hard to tackle in the open field.

Albert Young needs to stay healthy because in the last 4 years (2 college, 2 prep) he has missed parts of 3 of them. As a high school junior he had a MCL injury and he had to redshirt as a true freshmen in 2003 because of an injury in preseason camp. And in his first college action of 2004 he had a knee injury in the 2nd game of the season against Iowa State and missed the remainder of the year. Clearly Young has an injury report that reads like War & Peace. When healthy Young has the speed and the moves to be a dominant player. He had a great game versus Northwestern on Saturday, rushing for over 200 yards. Currently he ranks 4th in the Big Ten with 1,070 yards and an average of 118.9 rushing yards per game. We will have to wait and see if Young can stay healthy and make the jump to the NFL in the future.


Patrick Cobbs - RB - North Texas Mean Green Eagles
5'9" 205 lbs. - Senior - 46th ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus LA-Lafayette
23
197
3
-
-
-

Cobbs was a superstar, 2-way athlete at Tecumseh High School in Oklahoma. He played RB and safety and was voted a 1st team All State pick his senior season. In his final year of prep football he rushed for 2,354 yards and 32 touchdowns, leading Class 4A in rushing. He had a nose for the football on defense and was voted as a 1st team All Area pick as a defensive back. In his entire prep career he rushed for 4,729 yards and 61 touchdowns. He also had 313 career tackles and 16 interceptions for his high school.

Patrick is undersized by some standards, but he can be very productive when healthy. For only weighing 205 pounds he is a force to be reckoned with between the tackles. He can get the tough yards against the interior linemen of the defense. He runs with a good forward lean and is always fighting for that extra yardage. He has excellent vision and can set up defenders with an array of moves in the open field. His biggest drawback is his durability. He will be a back that can make the biggest impact to his draft stock at the combine. Scouts already know he can be productive, and there's plenty of tape on Cobbs, so it will be up to his performance at Indianapolis to determine where he will be drafted.

Patrick Cobbs teamed up with Jamario Thomas to become the first tandem of NCAA rushing leaders in the same backfield. Cobbs led the nation in rushing in 2003, and Thomas led the nation in rushing in 2004. So far in 2005 Cobbs is leading the way with 782 yards and a 5.6 yards per carry average. Patrick is a big time runner and has a skill set that could translate well at the next level. His health is the key to his success, because he is extremely talented athletically. Cobbs could be a sleeper RB in the upcoming 2006 NFL draft.


Matt Bohnet - QB - Eastern Michigan Eagles
6'3" 230 lbs. - Senior - 100th ranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Att
Comp
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Washington
27
34
401
3
0
-
-
-

He played for Grand Ledge High School in Michigan and led them to the Division I state title as a senior. He was selected as an Honorable Mention All-American after throwing for 2,052 yards and 17 touchdowns. His final year of prep football he also rushed for over 300 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was selected as the captain for the Division I All-State team after his solid senior campaign.

Bohnet has the prototypical size for a NFL quarterback. In addition to his great size, he is also a great athlete. He's not a statue in the pocket and can move around behind the line of scrimmage and make plays with his feet. Matt has a good arm and can make all the throws required at the next level. He needs to work on his accuracy, but he rarely tries to force passes when the coverage is good.

Matt Bohnet is a great prospect that was originally recruited by the University of Iowa. He stayed for 2 seasons with the Hawkeyes and then transferred to Eastern Michigan University. He is a very versatile QB, and is much more than a drop back passer. For example, he currently leads the Eagles in passing yards (1778) and rushing yards (395). His future in the NFL is not set in stone, but Bohnet is a good student of the game and has a good work ethic. He has all the tools to succeed and it is up to him to continue to impress scouts with his arm strength, decision making, and leadership ability.


That'll do it for this week's edition of The College Dark Phoenix. Be sure to check out The Ones 2 Watch and get the lowdown on the top 15 draft eligible players in the country. Of course we give you nothing but the best at Footballguys.com!

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