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Herb Donaldson (RB)
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 222
Conference: Missouri Valley
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
High School: Christian Brothers College HS
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This bowling ball of a running back racked up more than 1,400 rushing yards three consecutive years, including a 1,784-yard, 21-touchdown effort as a senior. The All-American finished third in Walter Payton Award (the FCS Heisman) voting in 2008 and put himself on the national radar by rushing for 157 yards and two touchdowns (on 35 carries) against Arkansas early in the season.

High School

Named to the St. Louis Post Dispatch All-Metro Team as a linebacker... Earned conference co-player of the year honors... Had 39 tackles and rushed for 1,356 yards and 20 touchdowns... Rushed for 241 yards and four touchdowns against St. Louis University High School.

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Positives: Strong upper body with huge thighs and legs. Tough for defensive backs to bring down once he gets going. Uses a nice stiff arm to get potential tacklers at bay. Patient runner, will wait for blocks to develop then hit the hole. Has surprising quickness and a nice burst for his size. Uses his low center of gravity to spin off a pile and maintain his balance. Lowers his pads for contact, keeping his legs churning near the goal line or first down marker. Willing pass protector with good leverage and strength who can blow up defenders in space.

Negatives: Does not have breakaway speed. Runs out of gas in the secondary, resorting to a big arm pump to keep going. Lacks experience catching the ball, but seems fairly comfortable with it. May lack lateral quickness to sidestep players in the hole or pick up blitzers at the next level. Holds the ball high and tight most times, but still has ball security issues.

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