High school quarterback who led his team to a 29-0 record and two state championships while totaling 6,733 yards (passing and rushing) and 106 touchdowns, earning Kentucky's Gatorade Player of the Year award as a senior. Originally attended Air Force prep school before transferring to WKU in 2010 when he played eight games (one start) and rushed 32 times for 174 yards (5.4-yard average) and two touchdowns with five receptions for 37 yards (7.4) and zero touchdowns. Backed up Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey in '11 when he played eight games and carried 15-42-0 (2.8) and caught 2-16-0 (8.0). Missed two games while nursing a high left ankle sprain, and was suspended for two games following a Twitter rant criticizing WKU fans. Broke out in '12, piling up 304-1,728-11 (5.7) on the ground and 37-432-3 (11.7) receiving in 13 games (12 starts). Was second on the depth chart to open the season, but started as an injury replacement in Week Two and never relinquished the job. Led the nation in all-purpose yards for the second consecutive season in '13, amassing 267-1,730-16 rushing and 41-478-0 (11.7) receiving while starting all 12 games. For his career, also returned 42 kickoffs for 1,780 yards (20.9) and 42 punts for 382 yards (9.1), including one touchdown. Concluded his career with the NCAA record for most all-purpose yards over a two-year span (5,770).
Good size. Nice vision to pick and slide. Shows instinctive jump-cut ability. Lowers his pads and finishes runs with forward lean. Picks up yards after contact. Effective short-to-intermediate receiver -- has body control to adjust to throws. Can handle a heavy workload. Record-breaking two-year production. Has punt- and kickoff-return experience. Scheme versatile. Showed more burst as a senior.
Must learn to better protect the ball -- fumbling has been an issue. Average initial quickness, explosiveness and elusiveness. Monotone short stepper. Dull burst through the hole. Does not have an extra gear to pull away -- gets tracked down from behind. Inconsistent pad level and leg drive -- limited power. Occasional concentration drop. Struggles in pass protection. Clocked a pedestrian 40-yard dash time (4.82 seconds) at the combine, a RB-low 1.81-second 10-yard split and recorded a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump.
Compact, well-built, mid-major workhorse with a blend of one-cut and downhill elements. Generally gains what is blocked for him and has a ceiling as a No. 2/tandem back in a man- or zone-blocking scheme. However, he is not a talented enough runner to overlook or tolerate his fumbles and deficient pass protection, and he will have to earn trust before he earns carries.