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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 a senior RB that is ready to take on the NFL, a highly touted sophomore QB that is improving, and a senior QB moving up the draft board like a rocket. This is The Dark Phoenix where we examine players rising from the ashes in college football. These players could be the next "must have" picks for your fantasy team.


Andre Hall - RB - South Florida Bulls
5'10" 205 lbs. - Senior - 1st ranked junior college RB when entering SFU

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Syracuse
24
222
3
1
8
0

Hall enjoyed great success in his one and only season of prep football at Dixie Hollins High School. In 2000 he lead Pinellas County with 1,742 yards and 22 touchdowns. He amassed those stats in only 8 ½ games because he missed a full game, and part of another one, with an ankle injury. He finished off his prep career with a 154 yard & 4 touchdown performance in the Palms Pinellas All-Star Game. In addition to football, Hall also participated in wrestling and track.

Andre Hall is an instinctive runner and his skill set should translate very well at the next level. Hall has a great initial burst and can get past the line of scrimmage in the blink of an eye. Andre has learned to become more patient when waiting for his blocks to open up a hole. This patience enables him to be even more dangerous as a cutback runner. Hall is a smart runner that rarely puts the ball on the ground and is always fighting for extra yardage. He runs with good forward lean and is more powerful than his size might indicate. Andre is more quick than fast and has limited moves in the open field, but what he can do is move the chains effectively.

Before attending South Florida, Hall spent 2 years at the junior college level. His first season was a Georgia Military Academy where he rushed for over 1,600 yards. His second season was at Garden City Kansas, where he rushed for over 1,400 yards and was named 1st team All-Jayhawk Conference. Andre Hall has a good chance to make an impact in the NFL. In his first season with South Florida he ranked 9th in the nation in all-purpose yards with an average of 167 per game. In 2005 Hall continues to show his dominance on the field. He already has 3 games with 3 rushing touchdowns and has a total of 14 touchdowns so far this season. He may not be a first day pick, but Andre Hall is one to remember when looking for late-round sleepers in next years draft.


Kyle Wright - QB - Miami Hurricanes
6'5" 220 lbs. - Sophomore - 1st ranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Att
Comp
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Wake Forest
17
27
319
5
0
-
-
-

Described by his Monte Vista High School coach Craig Bergman as a "once in a lifetime type of player." He certainly gave the fans plenty to cheer about during his prep career. He led Monte Vista to two consecutive North Coach Section 3A East Bay Championships. In 2002, his senior season, Wright threw for over 2,800 yards with 37 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. Wright was very highly recruited by such programs as Miami, USC, and Texas. He was selected as the Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year for his phenomenal performance his senior season.

Kyle Wright is a pocket passer with great leadership skills, a great arm, and quick feet. He has outstanding measurables and has been groomed to be the next great Hurricane QB. Wright has a good command of the offense and is a fearless leader on the field. He makes good decisions with the football, and if nothing is open he is more than capable to tuck the ball and run. He has a quick release and can make any throw required of him in the NFL. Kyle has a mental toughness that all the great QBs have. Wright has a high release point when delivering the ball and thus doesn't get many passes swatted down. He sometimes tries to force the ball into coverage and relies on his arm strength too much.

Wright is a golden boy QB that is destined to become a great one. If he continues to progress he could easily be a first round pick when he declares for the draft. Kyle tore apart the Wake Forest defense for 319 yards and 5 touchdowns. He is getting more experience and becoming more comfortable with the extended playing time. He has incredible moxie and outstanding measurables. He is clearly a player to watch as he could become an upper echelon QB in the next year or two.


Drew Olson - QB - UCLA Bruins
6'3" 217 lbs. - Senior - 17th ranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Att
Comp
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Arizona State
22
27
510
5
0
-
-
-

Drew Olson had a great prep career at Piedmont High School. He led his team to the Bay Shore League Championship in 2000 and 2001. Olson was a 3-year starter in high school and racked up over 6,000 yards passing with 60 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. Olson was also a 4-year varsity starter as a catcher for his high school baseball team.

Drew has good measurables and is certainly a player that NFL scouts will take a closer look at. He has benefited tremendously from the last 3 seasons at the helm of the Bruin offense. Olson has shown steady improvement from his early years on campus. He has a better understanding of how to read defenses and is adept at getting rid of the ball quickly. He stands tall in the pocket and is a tough QB that can deliver an accurate throw even though he knows he's going to get clobbered. He is a decisive QB that makes good decisions with the football. He is also quite mobile for a pocket passer and is not merely a statue that defenses can tee off on. Olson looks better and better with each game and is sure to rocket up the draft board in 2006.

December 3rd could have a significant impact on Olson's draft status. What is that day you may ask? Well, that is UCLA's showdown with that other college in Los Angeles, USC. The Bruins could have the final shot at bringing the mighty Trojan program down from the ranks of the unbeaten. It should be an exciting game that the Bruins (9-1) will definitely be up for. Drew Olson has an incredible 30 touchdown passes so far in 2005, and only 3 interceptions. He has improved every year during his reign at UCLA. And other than a knee injury at the end of last season, Olson has stayed relatively healthy. Drew Olson is the type of QB that could start off in the NFL as a backup, but clearly has the skill to be a starter someday at the professional level.


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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