Year of the Halfback

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  1. Wyrmreaver

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    I am doing a year of the quarterback thread in After Midnight and thought i'd do something similar here.

    So, here's the deal, we will follow one HB from each team all season, I'll be posting updates every few weeks (like once a week in the real world) to peoples season stats and game performances, but everyone is encouraged to participate in this thread, talk about your guy, talk about the guy you just played, talk about the guy you are playing soon, whatever.

    This is not a mandatory thread, you have until week 2 to tell me who to follow or I will just pick, I may not pick your #1 if I think another guy is more interesting.
     
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    Obadiah grew up in College Station, Texas, home of the Texas A&M Aggies. As he grew up his pop would take him to the stadium on Saturdays to be a part of the hallowed 12th man. Obadiah worked his tail off as he got older with the dream of playing football for the Aggies one day. Unfortunately for him, he just wasn't very big. In fact, he was only 150 pounds coming out of high school and no major programs would take a chance on him. This young man has no quit in him though, so he headed off to the local JC to play. There he played his heart out and spent countless hours in the weight room. Two years later the 150 pound kid was a 175 pound JUCO Junior. A&M never came calling and neither did any other BCS conference school. Lowe finally started getting calls from Coach Hennessy at Army. The coach was an Army vet and ultimately Lowe bought in to the idea of joining the Black Knights at West Point to be a part of the vision coach Hennessy had for his team. Once on campus, Lowe settled on playing HB at Army, though he got a long look at WR and CB as well. Given the depth at HB he went ahead and took a redshirt last season but is now ready to play in his junior year of eligibility. Lowe will be splitting time at HB this year, providing the lightning to Larry Dixon's thunder. Given his versatility, Lowe will see some time split out wide and should be on the field in a lot of the spread out sets that Army employs. Additionally, Lowe is the teams primary kick and punt returner. With the resurgence of Army, Obadiah is finally living his dream of playing big time college football despite being undersized at just 180 pounds after all of his work in the weight room. Lowe is a gamechanger on the field with elite open field moves and excellent receiving skills, he should have a breakout season for the Black Knights if he can stay healthy.
     
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    The red shirt sophomore had the hot hand against #6 Utah in the season opener, carrying 23 times for 110 yards and 2 scores. It will be interesting to see how Stanford's running attack progresses, as Sanders could be splitting time with senior Kelsey Young and option QB Marcus Johnson. But for at least one week, Sanders was the main man.

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  4. Wyrmreaver

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    Don't forget that his dad was kind of a good player as well......

    http://blogs.nfl.com/2012/01/07/barry-sanders-jr-ready-to-run-with-cardinal/
     
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    Heisman hopeful RB Anthon Samuel had a breakout in 2013 rushing for over 1293 yards 19 rushing TDs and also catching 26 balls for 280 yards and 2 TDs. Samuel 2 and lead the Falcons to a MAC championship and a 12-2 record. Samuel also missed 2 and a half games due to injury and also sat out some quarters due to large leads so who knows what is numbers would look like if he would of stayed healthy and BG had tighter contested game. 2014 should be a big year for Samuel as BG goes with a true freshman at QB so teams should get a good dose of Samuel. Backing up Samuel is SO Ben Perry who rushed for 465 yards on 72 carries and had 4 TDs. Also true FR Jonathan Pierce should see 3 to 5 carries a game





    Anthon Samuel
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    Home Deltona, FL
    Height 5-11
    Weight 186
    Year Senior
    Overall 91
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    HB Skills All Skills
    BASE
    Speed94 Strength63
    Agility91 Acceleration95
    Jumping73 Awareness77
    Stamina92 Injury87
    RUSHING
    Break Tackle87 Trucking74
    Elusiveness91 Stiff Arm77
    Spin Move90 Juke Move88
    Carrying81 Ball Carrier Vision81
    BLOCKING
    Pass Block48 Run Block46
    Impact Blocking48
    RECEIVING
    Catching69 Spectacular Catch62
    Catch In Traffic65 Route Running70
    Release74
     
  6. Wyrmreaver

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    Alright, here's the roster of HBs I'll be following this season. One per team (except Oregon because he's the DC). I may add color to my posts and I may even pull stuff from real life if it's a real person, but obviously these are fictitious players in a video game world..... just to get the disclosure out of the way!

    [​IMG] Kevin Parks - (RS)SR, 95 OVR - This little (5'8") jitterbug is a heisman hopeful for the defending champs, his speed and open field skills make him a threat to go to the house every play. Originally out of North Carolina, this young man has the opportnity in this, his final year on campus, to prove that he is an NFL caliber talent.

    [​IMG] Barry Sanders Jr. - (RS)SO, 84 OVR - When your dad is an absolute legend what do you do? This kid hopes to answer that question at Stanford. The Cardinal have a new coach who likes to focus on strong defense and pounding the rock, so Barry will surely have opportunities to shine in a HB by committee approach this year. Can he stand out from the crowd?

    [​IMG] Brandon Bigelowe - (RS)JR, 86 OVR - This kid is a burner. He has elite elusiveness in the open field which should make him a perfect fit for Cal's pass first offense that gets playmakers the ball in space. With the departure of star receivers over the last two seasons for the Golden Bears, look for this young man to be a key to get this offense going in the air and on the ground.

    [​IMG] Kenneth Harper - SR, 86 OVR - Kenny is a big bruiser of a back with just enough speed to make you pay if you give him room. This team has struggled the last couple seasons and the WR corps is depleted, so fans are begging coach Wilfiger to just hand it to Kenny. Harper could have a breakout season if he becomes the focal point and the Owls could be in good shape at the end of the year. Time will tell.

    [​IMG] Eric Beverly - (RS)JR, 81 OVR - at 5'8" and 249 pounds, Eric is a load. This big bruiser is the kind of player who can keep the chains moving and wear out defenses to the point where the change of pace backs can have huge success. It's unclear whether or not Eric will start, but if he does he should have more and more success as the game goes on for the Bulls.

    [​IMG] Jordan Broadnax - SR, 78 OVR - Jordan has made the transition from FCS player to FBS player along with this team. Jordan is the teams go to guy in the backfield and should have a solid season. His size makes it likely that this will be his last season of competetive football, so look for Coach Franklin to help Jordan have a helluva farewell season.

    [​IMG] Anthon Samuel - SR, 91 OVR - A few years back he was the MAC Freshman player of the year. Last season he was an all user team selection. This season he's a preseason Heisman hopeful. Samuel is an undersized kid out of Florida who was ignored by SEC schools but found a home in Ohio for the Falcons. After a huge season last year, look for him to carry even more of the load this year.

    [​IMG] Willie Fox - FR, 79 OVR - One of the top HS backs in the nation last year, Fox took the plunge and became a Husky. Part of the allure was the opportunity to start early and Willie should do just that. Nothing really stands out about this kid, but his balanced skills should help him be a solid contributer even if he doesn't fill the highlight reels right away.

    [​IMG] Calvin Dunlap - (RS)FR, 73 OVR - Calvin decided to stay local and signed on to play for coach Rob at UK. The local hero then watched his team go 2-10 in his RS year. Dunlap isn't slated to be the starter, but he is a kid committed to his coach's system. He has nice size and speed and could be an excellent change of pace back to the starter, who is more of a grinder.

    [​IMG] Obadiah Lowe - (RS)JR, 83 OVR - see the earlier post for his bio
     
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  7. Wyrmreaver

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    Week 10 Update! More than halfway through the season, how are these players doing this season?


    [​IMG] Kevin Parks - (RS)SR, 95 OVR - This little (5'8") jitterbug is a heisman hopeful for the defending champs, his speed and open field skills make him a threat to go to the house every play. Originally out of North Carolina, this young man has the opportnity in this, his final year on campus, to prove that he is an NFL caliber talent.
    79 carries, 602 yards (86 yog), 7 TD - yards per game is down, but yards per carry is up
    1 catch, 33 yards - pro scouts would love to see him more effective in the passing game

    [​IMG] Barry Sanders Jr. - (RS)SO, 84 OVR - When your dad is an absolute legend what do you do? This kid hopes to answer that question at Stanford. The Cardinal have a new coach who likes to focus on strong defense and pounding the rock, so Barry will surely have opportunities to shine in a HB by committee approach this year. Can he stand out from the crowd?

    [​IMG] Brandon Bigelowe - (RS)JR, 86 OVR - This kid is a burner. He has elite elusiveness in the open field which should make him a perfect fit for Cal's pass first offense that gets playmakers the ball in space. With the departure of star receivers over the last two seasons for the Golden Bears, look for this young man to be a key to get this offense going in the air and on the ground.

    [​IMG] Kenneth Harper - SR, 86 OVR - Kenny is a big bruiser of a back with just enough speed to make you pay if you give him room. This team has struggled the last couple seasons and the WR corps is depleted, so fans are begging coach Wilfiger to just hand it to Kenny. Harper could have a breakout season if he becomes the focal point and the Owls could be in good shape at the end of the year. Time will tell.
    120 carries, 508 yards (84.6 ypg), 4 TD - longest run is just 17 yards in what has been a tough season
    4 catches, 28 yards - proving to have very limited dual threat abilities
    253 KR yards - an impressive 31.6 average

    [​IMG] Eric Beverly - (RS)JR, 81 OVR - at 5'8" and 249 pounds, Eric is a load. This big bruiser is the kind of player who can keep the chains moving and wear out defenses to the point where the change of pace backs can have huge success. It's unclear whether or not Eric will start, but if he does he should have more and more success as the game goes on for the Bulls.
    89 carries, 454 yards 76ypg), 6 TD - as predivted, the #2 and #3 HBs are having excellent years after Eric softens up defenses

    2 catches, 28 yards - catching passes is not really his thing

    [​IMG] Jordan Broadnax - SR, 78 OVR - Jordan has made the transition from FCS player to FBS player along with this team. Jordan is the teams go to guy in the backfield and should have a solid season. His size makes it likely that this will be his last season of competetive football, so look for Coach Franklin to help Jordan have a helluva farewell season.
    70 carries, 443 yards (74 ypg), 3 TD - a solid season so far
    7 catches, 100 yards (17 ypg), 1 TD - limited use catching the ball

    [​IMG] Anthon Samuel - SR, 91 OVR - A few years back he was the MAC Freshman player of the year. Last season he was an all user team selection. This season he's a preseason Heisman hopeful. Samuel is an undersized kid out of Florida who was ignored by SEC schools but found a home in Ohio for the Falcons. After a huge season last year, look for him to carry even more of the load this year.
    143 carries, 739 yards (106 ypg), 6 TD - numbers are down from last season
    16 catches, 182 yards (26 ypg), 1 TD - showing some nice ability in the passing game
    510 KR Yards, 207 PR yards - pro scouts like that he could contribute on special teams

    [​IMG] Willie Fox - FR, 79 OVR - One of the top HS backs in the nation last year, Fox took the plunge and became a Husky. Part of the allure was the opportunity to start early and Willie should do just that. Nothing really stands out about this kid, but his balanced skills should help him be a solid contributer even if he doesn't fill the highlight reels right away.

    [​IMG] Calvin Dunlap - (RS)FR, 73 OVR - Calvin decided to stay local and signed on to play for coach Rob at UK. The local hero then watched his team go 2-10 in his RS year. Dunlap isn't slated to be the starter, but he is a kid committed to his coach's system. He has nice size and speed and could be an excellent change of pace back to the starter, who is more of a grinder.
    73 carries, 243 yards (27 ypg), 1 TD - only 3.3 yards per carry, a discappointing year so far
    9 catches, 77 yards (9 yog), 1 TD - at least he's getting touches

    [​IMG] Obadiah Lowe - (RS)JR, 83 OVR - see the earlier post for his bio
    49 carries, 387 yards (55 yog), 2 TD - has 22 less carries than the starter, but has 21 more yards
    15 catches, 313 yards (45 ypg), 3 TD - second on the team in catches and yards
    411 KR Yards, 499 PR yards, 5 TD - leads the nation in PR yards, average, and TDs by a wide margin
     
  8. Wyrmreaver

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    couple more updates needed..... but I am off to bed
     

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