Colorado - Buffaloes
Rodney Stewart - #5 - RB-KR
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day||5-6 1/4||177||9 1/2||27 3/4||66 7/8||4.60|
Also lettered in track and missed his junior season after tearing his ACL as an Ohio prep. Led the team in rushing as a true freshman in 2008 with 132 rushes for 622 yards (4.7-yard average) and two touchdowns in nine games (five starts). Also caught seven passes for 43 yards (6.1-yard average) and zero TDs. Missed three games with a broken leg suffered against Texas A&M. Saw action in 11 contests with three starts in ’09, posting 198-804-9 (4.1) rushing and 12-65-0 (5.4) receiving. Did not play against Toledo (thigh strain). In ’10, led Colorado in rushing for the third season in a row after totaling 290-1,318-10 (4.5) in 12 contests (nine starts) at tailback. Contributed 29-290-0 (10.0) as a receiver and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass against Kansas State. Started all 11 games played in ’11, totaling 189-854-4 (4.5) on the ground, 45-571-0 (12.7) receiving with 11-239-0 (21.7) on kickoffs and 5-22-0 (4.6) on punts. Also tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass. Played through a hurt right shoulder against Ohio State. Injured his knee against Washington and missed two games. Fumbled 15 times in 902 career touches, gaining 4.4 yards per carry.
Light on his feet and slippery with jackrabbit lateral quickness. Strings moves together — can stop, start, jump-cut and scoot through cracks. Good vision and balance to pick his way through traffic and elude tacklers. Runs low to the ground and is difficult to corral. Excellent receiver out of the backfield and is a natural in the screen game — catches easily, turns upfield in one motion and creates. Feisty and aggressive guy who does not shy from contact. Will cut down rushers and shows downfield hustle when blocking for teammates. Was a workhorse. Mentally and physically tough.Negatives:
Has extremely short arms. Needs to bulk up — is not built to withstand the pounding of the pro game and durability is a concern. Lacks elite top-end speed. At times runs up the back of linemen instead of pressing and cutting off blocks. Marginal run strength and power. Size is a limiting factor in pass protection. Ball security has been an issue. Has considerable tread on his tires.Summary:
Diminutive, confident, competitive, quicker-than-fast scatback who matured and adopted a more professional approach to the game as an upperclassman, embracing a workhorse role for the Buffaloes despite his size. Will have to prove he can stay in one piece, but could carve a niche running screens and draws, and be tried as a returner.
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