Played quarterback and safety as a California prep, leading his team to a small school state championship. Appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2010 and caught 13 balls for 190 yards (14.6-yard average) and two touchdowns. Played all 13 games (one start) in '11, snagging 40-436-1 (10.9) while setting a single-season FBS record for kickoff returns and yards with 75-1,606 (21.4). Started 11-of-13 games in '12 and produced 57-851-6 (14.9). Started all 13 games in '13, racking up 100-1,026-6 (10.3). For his career, returned 126 kickoffs for 2,835 yards (22.5) and 29 punts for 344 yards (11.9). Also rushed 32 times for 191 yards (6.3) and completed a 43-yard touchdown pass as a freshman. Team captain.
Good athlete. Shows some suddenness as a route runner to climb defensive backs and can create separation when he needs to with short-area burst and speed cuts. Keeps working zones to come free and has a knack for finding soft spots in coverage. Scrappy competitor. Carries a swagger. Strong-handed. Field-fast. Catches on contact and fearlessly crosses the middle. Sifts through traffic and fights for extra yardage. Good vision, elusiveness and cutback ability in the return game. Football smart. Respected team leader.
Has a small frame with short arms and tiny hands. Does not track the ball very well over his shoulder and makes some easy drops. Lacks run-after-the-catch strength and does not power through tackles. Average long speed -- lacks top gear to kick it into overdrive and pull away from the pack. Could improve as a blocker.
Quicker-than-fast, short-striding slot receiver and sudden punt returner with the competiveness and swagger desired to earn a role in multiple phases. Is crafty, fiery and tough enough to make it. Has similarities to Jaguars 2013 fourth-round pick Ace Sanders, though not as explosive.