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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 big time RB that came back from injury to have a big day, a RB that is continuing the tradition of power runners at his college, and a QB that surpassed a college legend in the record books.


Mike Hart - RB - Michigan Wolverines
5'9" 195 lbs. - Sophomore - 11th ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Michigan State
36
218
1
2
6
0

Mike Hart was a superstar at Onandaga Central High School. He holds the national records for touchdowns in a career (208), consecutive 100-yard games (47), and most 100 yard games in a career (47). He led Onandaga Central to 3 straight state titles from 2001-2003. Over the course of his high school career Hart rushed for 11,232 yards. He runs a 4.4 40, and bench presses over 300 lbs. His freshmen year at Michigan Hart was the team's leading rusher with 1,455 yards rushing and showed his versatility with 26 receptions.

Hart is surprisingly strong for his size. He is still growing and could enter the NFL around the 215 lb mark. He has tremendous lower body strength and is hard to arm tackle. If he gets in the open field it's over, his speed is elite and his moves are top notch. He is a very instinctive runner and has extraordinary vision. He is a very versatile player that is able to catch the ball with ease.

Mike Hart returned from a hamstring injury that forced him to miss 2 plus games to help lead the Wolverines to a victory over Michigan State. With losses to Notre Dame and Wisconsin, Michigan found itself outranked by the Spartans of Michigan State. Hart took it upon himself to carry this team back to glory. If Hart can stay healthy he is a sure fire lock for the NFL, and possibly a 1st round pick.


Michael Bush - RB - Louisville Cardinals
6'3" 240 lbs. - Junior - 3rd ranked high school QB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Florida Atlantic
18
204
3
2
29
0

Michael Bush is an extraordinary athlete that entered college as a top ranked high school QB from Male High School. During his high school career he saw time at QB, RB, WR, DB, LB, and DE. Needless to say Bush is very versatile. In addition to being the 3rd ranked high school QB, he was also the #1 rated safety in the nation. His senior season at Male High saw him throw for almost 3,000 yards and rush for over 900 yards. He is a dangerous weapon no matter what side of the field he lines up on. During his freshmen season he played QB/RB/WR for the Cardinals, and he switched to RB full time during his sophomore season.

Despite his tremendous size, Bush is not just a lumbering power back. He has a career long rush of 82 yards, and a career long reception of 56 yards. Michael moves very well for a back his size, and some have compared him to Jerome Bettis. That is a very lofty comparison, but Bush is such a physical specimen that it's the closest comparison we have to him in the NFL. Bush has good speed, but what caught my eye are his nifty feet. That is what has set Bettis apart from the traditional power back, and it looks like Bush could be following in his footsteps. He runs with a higher pad level, but isn't tackled easily.

Bush had a big game by the end of the 2nd quarter with 103 yards rushing. On the first play in the 2nd half Bush sidestepped two defenders on his way to a 76- yard touchdown run. As most power backs do, Bush wears down a defense and gets more powerful as the game goes on. He is a good cut back runner and his pure athleticism will get him on a NFL roster someday soon.


Bruce Eugene - QB - Grambling State Tigers
6'1" 255 lbs. - Senior - unranked high school QB when entering college

Pass / Rush Stats
Att
Comp
Yards
TDs
INTs
Att
Yards
TDs
Versus Prairie View A&M
34
50
627
7
0
4
23
0

Bruce Eugene is a great athlete that enters his 6th season of college football. He played high school ball at Walter L. Cohen High School where he starred on the gridiron. Eugene was granted a 6th season of eligibility when he blew out his knee in the opener back in 2004. He has taken advantage of his extra season and is being pushed by Grambling as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

Bruce is a very large QB, to say the least. He is built very much like a Daunte Culpepper or Steve McNair. With his bad knee his weight will be watched very closely this season. He has been known to balloon to over 300 lbs., which makes Jared Lorenzen look like Urkel. He has worked primarily out of the shotgun during his collegiate career, and might have difficulty adapting to the NFL game. He is very agile for a big man and can throw with decent accuracy on the run. He has a strong arm and is a leader on the field.

On Saturday night Bruce threw for 618 yards and 7 touchdowns as the Tigers beat Prairie View 56-7. With that performance Eugene now ranks above the great Doug Williams for career scoring passes. Williams formerly held the mark with a school record 94 career TD passes, and now Eugene has 96 and looks to throw for even more before the end of the season. Grambling has been a consistent hotbed for NFL talent. Since 1949 there have been over 200 NFL players that have hailed from Grambling. Not bad considering the student body barely averages over 4,000. In 2002 & 2003 Eugene was a finalist for the Walter Payton award as the nations finest Division I-AA player. If he can keep his weight down and stay healthy then Bruce should get invited to someone's training camp come next year.


That does it for another edition of The College Dark Phoenix. Be sure to catch The Ones 2 Watch, where we break down the top 15 draft eligible players in the nation. Of course, you've come to expect the best from Footballguys!

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