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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 target, a sophomore that is improving, and a senior that is slowing climbing up the charts. This is The Dark Phoenix where we look at players that are rising from the ashes and could be making an impact on Sundays very soon.


Maurice Stovall - WR - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
6'5" 220 lbs. - Junior - 4th ranked high school WR when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Brigham Young
-
-
-
14
207
4

Maurice had a great high school career at Archbishop John Carroll High. He was a first team USA Today All-American after racking up 743 yards and 9 touchdowns receiving in 2001. He was a great player on both sides of the ball and returned 5 of his 11 interceptions his senior year for touchdowns. Stovall also showed great versatility and was a dangerous punt returner, scoring 4 more times on special teams. In addition to being a great safety / wide receiver / punt returner, Maurice was also a 2 year lettermen in track.

Stovall has prototypical size for the NFL. He is a huge target and knows how to use his body to shield defenders away from the pass. He has long arms and a good leaping ability. His timing is good and he always catches jump passes at the highest point with his arms fully extended. He is a big play receiver that has been known to make some spectacular catches.

Maurice Stovall has been having a solid junior campaign. He started college when he was 17, and thus is only 20 years old. His potential is limitless for the next level. The 2006 draft class looks very weak at the WR position, so Stovall could prove to be among the top wideouts selected, and he could turn out to be the best. Scouts love his polished route running, maturity, and of course his great measurables. Stovall is definitely on the right track to stardom in the NFL.


Kalvin McRae - RB - Ohio Bobcats
5'11" 204 lbs. - Sophomore - 370th ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Ball State
29
264
1
1
7
0

Kalvin was a 4-year letterman at Avondale High School. He played 5 different positions while in high school, QB, RB, WR, LB, and DB. He was an all conference selection his senior season when he almost broke the 1,000 yard mark. He performed as an all-purpose player and excelled at any position he lined up at. Along with football he was also a letterman in track and wrestling.

Kalvin McRae has spectacular footwork and runs with a good pad level. He is a good option out of the backfield because he has good hands. For a RB he is a very good route runner and knows exactly where the soft spots in the defense are, probably from his days as a QB. McRae is a bit undersized, but has been holding up well this season and never gives defenders a clean shot. During his freshmen year he was the MAC's #2 first year runner.

This last Saturday McRae had an outstanding game against Ball State. He is proving the critics wrong and is having an solid Sophomore season. This was the 2nd 200-yard game on the year for McRae. He also had 200 yards versus Kent State, and had a 100 yard day against Central Michigan. Kalvin has been productive against smaller schools and needs to prove that he can take it to the big dogs as well. He has the versatility that scouts love and that alone should get him an invite to training camp someday.


Jerious Norwood - RB - Mississippi State Bulldogs
6'0" 202 lbs. - Senior - 6th ranked high school RB when entering college

Rush / Receiving Stats
Att
Yards
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
Versus Houston
24
257
1
4
9
0

Jerious had a tremendous high school career where he racked up over 8,000 yards rushing at Brandon High School. He was named Mississippi player of the year after his stellar senior season. He was a highly touted recruit that also saw some limited time at QB. He was also a track standout on the prep level, as well as playing baseball and basketball.

Norwood has a wicked skill set that will translate fantastically to the NFL. First up is his game-breaking speed. He has been clocked in the high 4.4 range and has a powerful stride. The thing that stands out the most is his instincts. Norwood has had some good games against some tough competition in the SEC. He consistently knows where the cutback lanes are and his is very adept at setting up defenders in the 2nd level. He is a hard runner that is best running in the open field. That doesn't mean he can't excel in between the tackles. He is a determined runner that only needs the smallest of creases to break off a big gain.

Jerious Norwood has a good shot at being a star RB in the NFL. He has a good work ethic and all the natural talent in the world. He has been bothered by some ankle injuries during his college career, but none of his injuries have been serious. Jerious has made the most of his opportunities at the college level, and should continue that trend in the pros. I am very excited to see where Norwood lands in the NFL. He could be a combine standout and his value could skyrocket. I fully expect him to become a big time player at the next 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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