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College Dark Phoenix

Another great week of college football, and more players breaking out, rising from the ashes, and becoming a College Dark Phoenix! Let's get right to it.


Jamaal Charles - RB - Texas Longhorns
6'1" 190 lbs. - Freshman - 6th ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Rice
16
189
3
1
7
0

The Longhorns thought they would miss Cedric Benson more than they do. Texas is a state that takes their high school football extremely seriously, and Charles was the #1 RB recruit in the state. With Benson off to the NFL the Longhorns were able to snare Jamaal Charles and have given him a chance to shine early in his young career. He was a 2-time first team all state RB who rushed for 4,107 yards and 50 TDs during his final two seasons at Port Arthur Memorial. He finished his brilliant high school career by being named the MVP of the annual Texas High School Coaches Association All Star game in San Antonio.

Jamaal has good vision and is an incredibly patient runner. He is very adept at picking his way behind the line and exploding when he sees a hole develop. His timing and instincts are top notch as well. This summer he worked with a track team called Golden West in New Mexico. But Charles is not a track guy that just happens to play football. He has incredible short area burst and can juke anyone out of his socks. He also spent the summer working on his receiving skills and now is a capable option out of the backfield.

Charles started the first game of his career against Rice and did not disappoint. On only 16 carries he had almost 200 yards rushing and 3 TDs. He was courted by every major Division I school, but chose Texas partly because of their tradition of churning out great RBs. He has a good head on his shoulders and is a good student of the game. He models his running style after Clinton Portis and is looking to make a big splash in the NFL someday.


Tyrone Moss - RB - Miami Hurricanes
5'10" 221 lbs. - Junior - 2nd ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Clemson
31
139
3
-
-
-

Tyrone Moss is out to prove that he can rank among the elite Miami RBs of the past. He had a storied high school career at Pompano Beach Ely where he rushed for over 7,000 yards. In 2002 he led his team to the Class 5A championship while running for 2,313 yards and 35 TDs. He played in 11 games his freshmen season at Miami and rushed 107 times for 511 yards without fumbling once. In 2004 he appeared in 12 games and saw his production drop slightly (102-445-6).

Moss is surprisingly powerful for a back his size. What makes Tyrone standout is his breakaway speed and amazing repertoire of moves. He has great vision and good acceleration. He runs with a good pad level and is difficult to tackle because of his low center of gravity. He is an effective runner between the tackles and isn't afraid to take a hit. Unfortunately, Moss has been limited as a receiver so far in his collegiate career.

Tyrone was questionable before the Clemson game because of a shin bruise. He has had several nagging injuries throughout his career and will need to show the toughness necessary to be a great NFL back like Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, or Willis McGahee. He has two 100-yard games so far this season, both against formidable opponents (FSU & Clemson), and looks to make a name for himself in what could be his final year for the 'Canes.


Brady Quinn Jr. - QB - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
6'4" 228 lbs. - Junior - 12th ranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Att
Comp
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Miami (OH)
26
36
356
2
0
16
122
2

Charlie Weiss has gone from one Brady at QB to another. Weiss has a sterling reputation for coaching QBs, and Quinn is excited to work with him. Brady set a freshmen record for passing yards at Notre Dame with 1,831 yards. And in his sophomore season Quinn threw for the 2nd most yards by an Irish QB in a season with 2,586. Quinn was not only an all-star football player, but also an all-star baseball player in high school.

Brady is an intelligent QB with a good understanding of the game. He has shaken off his propensity to throw interceptions and has 9 TD passes and 2 INTs in 3 games so far this season. He has prototypical size for a NFL QB and can make all the throws necessary. He is the unquestioned leader of this team and is on track to break every major passing record at Notre Dame.

A spike in production is expected because of Weiss, but also because of Quinn's maturity and apparent comfort in this offense. It's been a while since we've seen a highly touted NFL QB from Notre Dame, but it looks as though Quinn could be the next great one.


Well, that'll do it for another edition of The Dark Phoenix. Be sure to check in next week for a breakdown of some more great college football players!

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