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Tyrell Fenroy (RB)
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 205
Conference: Sun Belt
Hometown: LaPlace, LA
High School: St. Charles Catholic
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Overview

Possibly the most unheralded player in the college football ranks, opposing defensive coordinators are well aware of Fenroy's package of outstanding speed, raw power and incredible balance and open-field vision. As a senior, he became only the seventh player in college football history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season four times during a career, joining Howard Stevens of Randolph-Macon (1968-69) and Louisville (1971-72), Tony Dorsett of Pittsburgh (1973-76), Amos Lawrence of North Carolina (1977-80), Denvis Manns of New Mexico State (1995-98), Ron Dayne of Wisconsin (1996-99) and Cedric Benson of Texas (2002-05) in that elite group.


Breaking records on a weekly basis has been the norm for Fenroy throughout his career.


The nation's leading rusher with school, Sun Belt Conference and state of Louisiana records with 4,646 yards rushing, Fenroy (1,021 yards in 2007 and 1,375 in 2008) joined Michael Desormeaux (1,141 yards in 2007 and 1,035 in 2008) in becoming the first running


back/quarterback tandem from the same school to rush for more than 1,000 yards each in consecutive seasons in college football annals.


Fenroy was the first running back in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. His 4,646 yards on the ground shattered the previous school career record of 3,335 yards by Brian Mitchell (1986-89) and the old Sun Belt Conference record of 4,050 yards by Patrick Cobbs of North Texas (2001-05). It also surpassed the state of Louisiana all-time record of 4,557 yards by Kevin Faulk of Louisiana State (1995-98).


Fenroy's 808 rushing attempts set the school career record, topping the previous mark of 678 by Brian Mitchell. Only Patrick Cobbs (818) had more carries in a career by a Sun Belt Conference player. His 5,231 all-purpose yards established a new Sun Belt Conference record, surpassing the old mark of 5,222 yards by Cobbs. His 48 touchdown runs topped Mitchell's previous ULL all-time record of 47 scoring runs and the previous Sun Belt Conference mark of 41 by Eugene Gross of Middle Tennessee (2003-06).


At St. Charles Catholic High School, Fenroy earned Class 3A All-State honors as a senior, running for 1,580 yards on 166 carries with 32 touchdowns during the squad's 10-game regular-season schedule, ranking ninth in the state in rushing yardage. He added two more touchdowns receiving, ranking second in the state in scoring with 206 points. He added 12 more touchdowns and 520 yards on the ground during playoff action that year, as he did not fumble the ball at all during his final campaign. He also gained 540 yards with five touchdowns receiving.


A two-time District 10-3A Most Valuable Player, Fenroy was also named the Clarion Herald All-Elite Team/Offensive MVP. He finished his career with 4,320 yards rushing and 72 touchdowns, amassing 854 yards with five touchdowns on kickoff returns. During his time in the prep ranks, he generated 5,714 all-purpose yards and 82 touchdowns.


As a true freshman at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2005, Fenroy earned All-Sun Belt Conference second-team honors and was named the league's Freshman of the Year. The tailback ranked 37th in the nation with an average of 95.73 yards per game on the ground, as he became the first Cajun running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, He gained 1,053 yards with 12 touchdowns on 179 carries (5.9 avg) and also had key runs that set up 20 touchdown drives and three series that ended with field goals. On 27.54 percent of his non-touchdown runs, the opposition needed more than one tackler to stop him, a testament to his growing power base.


In 2006, Fenroy was named All-Sun Belt Conference first-team. He missed most of the Arkansas State game after suffering a concussion in the first quarter, but became the first Cajun to rush for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. His average of 99.42 yards per game on the ground was good for 19th nationally. He totaled 1,197 yards with 10 touchdowns on 223 chances (5.4 avg) and snatched 15 passes for 176 yards (11.7 avg) and a score. Continuing to be a clutch player, he helped set up 21 touchdown drives and four others that produced field goals. The opposition needed multiple defenders to stop him on 91 of 213 non-touchdown carries (40.81 percent).


Fenroy was selected to the All-Sun Belt Conference first-team in 2007. His early season ankle sprain limited him to one carry vs. Troy and forced him to sit out vs. Central Florida, but he still produced his third 1,000-yard season. He collected 1,021 yards on 180 attempts (5.7 avg), scoring seven times on the ground. He registered 55 first downs and converted 12 third-down runs, as he set up 16 touchdown drives and seven other series that ended with field goals.


Fenroy was again limited early in the 2008 season by a concussion and later in the year, he was limited by a shoulder contusion, but still managed to rank 11th in the nation in rushing with a career-high 1,375 yards on 226 carries (6.08 avg). His 19 touchdown runs ranked fourth in the major college ranks and his 114 points scored (9.5 ppg) placed him in an eighth place tie nationally. He finished second on the squad with 24 receptions for 259 yards and finished third in the league with an average of 136.17 all-purpose yards per game.


High School

Attended St. Charles Catholic (LaPlace, La.) High School...Earned Class 3A All-State honors as a senior, running for 1,580 yards on 166 carries with 32 touchdowns during the squad's 10-game regular-season schedule...Ranked ninth in the state in rushing yardage, as he added two more touchdowns receiving, ranking second in the state in scoring with 206 points...Added 12 more touchdowns and 520 yards on the ground during playoff action that year, as he did not fumble the ball at all during his final campaign...Also gained 540 yards with five touchdowns receiving...Two-time District 10-3A Most Valuable Player... Named the Clarion Herald All-Elite Team/Offensive MVP...Finished his career with 4,320 yards rushing and 72 touchdowns, amassing 854 yards with five touchdowns on kickoff returns...During his time in the prep ranks, he generated 5,714 all-purpose yards and 82 touchdowns.


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Analysis

Positives: Fenroy demonstrates a quick initial step that allows him to accelerate and get to top speed quickly. ... He is explosive going through the holes and in clearing the line of scrimmage. ... He is a quick decision maker who has the loose hips to instantly change direction. ... The thing you see on those game films is his ability to pick and slide inside and bounce the play outside. ... He shows good explosion through the crease and has the ability to get up to speed quickly. ... He is more of a jitterbug type, but can also explode off the snap. ... Fenroy has the acceleration to separate in the open and maintain his stride. ... He is quick to clear the line of scrimmage and is sudden with his inside moves to get upfield. ...


Negatives: Needs to keep his pad level down to be effective there. When he gets too tall in his stance, defenders have success in pushing him back through the hole. ... He is a shifty and elusive runner with very good change of direction agility, but needs to be more alert to not taking so many head-on shots (suffered concussions vs. Arkansas in 2005 and Southern Mississippi in 2008). ... He is not a pounder and might not be able to move the pile at the NFL level, but he has the balance and strength to stay up after contact, doing a nice job of lowering his head to bounce off defenders. ... It is hard to evaluate Fenroy completely as a receiver, as he plays in a system where the tailback is rarely involved in the aerial attack, except on swings, dump-offs and screens.


Injury Report

2005: Missed the final three quarters of the Arkansas State game (10/13) after he suffered a concussion in the first quarter.


2007: Carried just once vs. Troy (9/22) and sat out the Central Florida game (9/29) after he suffered a high ankle sprain in the fourth quarter vs. McNeese State (9/15).


2008: Suffered a concussion in the second half of the season opener vs. Southern Mississippi (8/30)...Missed most of the Troy clash (11/22) with a shoulder contusion.


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