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Old 07-26-2008   #45
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Default Re: Texans Running Backs

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Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck View Post
Weren't his fumblitis and ball on the one side problems both because of playing with a broken wrist or hand or something?

This is the most in depth profile that I have come across of Slaton........feel free to review the rest of the analysis ("positives" and "injury history") in this LINK.


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A consensus All-American and unanimous All-Big East Conference choice as a sophomore, Slaton put together a record-breaking 2006 campaign, despite being forced to carry the ball exclusively in his left hand most of the season due to a right wrist injury that would require surgery. His 1,744 yards on the ground and 2,104 all-purpose yards set school season marks, as he ranked fourth in the nation in rushing (134.5 ypg) and second in all-purpose yardage (161.85 ypg).

The wrist injury saw Slaton fumble the ball seven times on 248 carries, but he produced 16 touchdowns on the ground and 114 points.
He also ranked third on the team with 27 catches for 360 yards (13.3 avg) and two scores. His 27 grabs were the third-best season total by a Mountaineers running back in a season.

Primed for a banner junior campaign with his wrist fully healed, Slaton ran into several roadblocks in 2007. He tried to get too fancy carrying the ball, spending more time dancing in the backfield than attacking the rush lanes. With frosh sensation Noel Devine now vying for backfield time, fumble issues caused the coaching staff to lose faith in its junior runner in crucial situations, as he saw his chances to carry the ball slowly get reduced each game.

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Negatives: Lacks size and bulk you look for in a running back who will need to carry the ball 20-25 times per game, and with his long history of injuries the last two years durability issues are sure to arise … Needs to show more straight-line explosion and urgency hitting the rush lanes, as he got in trouble in 2007 by dancing around so much in the backfield, trying to pick that perfect hole to break it open for a big gain rather than be concerned with moving the chains … His right wrist injury forced him to carry the ball in his left hand, resulting in a high amount of fumbles in 2006, but even after he recovered from the injury in 2007 he failed to properly distribute the ball. When he began another rash of fumbles, he gradually saw his playing time reduced … Seems to be a reluctant entry in the draft, citing his coach leaving the school for the reason he came out, but it more than likely was due to losing playing time to frosh sensation Noel Devine and the prospect that he would have had to compete for his job next year with the new coaching staff in place … The old staff seemed to lose confidence in him during the second stage of 2007, as they became frustrated by his ball security issues and shyness taking the ball up the gut Has marginal blocking skills, some due to a lack of desire, but mostly because his size prevents him from gaining leverage vs. the bigger defenders Does not play up to his timed speed, as he does not consistently show the burst or suddenness out of his stance and into the holes as he showed earlier in his career … Most of his carries have come on pitches and tosses out of the shotgun formation and he will need time to adjust to pro sets and playing closer to the line than he is accustomed to … Might not be able to withstand the punishment of being a featured back and could be better suited for change-of-pace duties … Has improved his receiving skills the last two years, but has been confined to simple, controlled routes … Seems to struggle on long patterns trying to locate the ball in flight and has just marginal timing leaping and attacking the ball at its high point … Will drift and take soft angle cuts as a receiver Does not have the power to move the pile or break many arm tackles (relies more on his quick feet, fakes and hip snap to elude), as he will generally be captured on the initial hit … Not the type who can digest a complicated playbook and needs more than a few reps to retain … Never used as a lead blocker and has to improve his angles when asked to cut block in the second level.

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