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Vincent Fuller, FS+CB, Virginia Tech
Height: 6:01.1 Weight: 189
Overview: Fuller is a hard-hitting tackler who returned to his natural position, free safety, after playing cornerback as a sophomore and junior. He is a smart player who did a very capable job of handling the secondary calls as a senior. He has outstanding timed speed and range to play the deep zone. Fuller followed his cousin, Damien Russell (1988-91) to Virginia Tech. Damien would go on to play in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers. Fuller was a quarterback, free safety and cornerback at Woodlawn High School. He earned All-State, All-County and All-Metro honors as a senior. He also was selected to the Prep Star and USA Today (honorable mention) All-American teams. He picked up team MVP honors in both football and track. Fuller passed for a school single-season record 1,683 yards his senior year, hitting on 78 of 109 passes, including 13 for touchdowns. He added 390 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns on the ground. On defense, Fuller had 65 tackles and three interceptions. He finished his prep career with 2,685 yards passing and over 1,000 yards rushing while compiling 28 touchdown passes and 20 rushing scores. He picked off ten passes and collected over 100 career tackles on defense. He helped the track team to a state title in 1998, turning in a time of 21.2 seconds in the 200-meters. He also won the Unsung Hero Award on his basketball team. After redshirting at Virginia Tech in 2000, he appeared in ten games as a reserve free safety in 2001, making 12 tackles with two pass break-ups. Fuller moved to cornerback in 2002, starting four games. He totaled 23 tackles (16 solos) with an assisted sack, a forced fumble, six pass break-ups and four interceptions. Fuller added three starts at cornerback in 2003, producing a career-high 56 tackles (29 solos) with three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, an interception and seven deflected passes. The coaching staff moved him back to free safety in 2004. Fuller responded with 51 tackles (28 solos), a forced fumble, three interceptions and four pass deflections. In 50 games with the Hokies, Fuller collected 142 tackles (78 solos), an assisted sack, two stops for losses of 12 yards and two quarterback pressures. He recovered three fumbles, including one that he returned 50 yards for a touchdown and caused four fumbles. He blocked a kick, deflected 19 passes and gained 45 yards on eight interception returns.
Analysis: Positives... Has good overall muscle definition in his upper body, defined arms and broad shoulders. ... Shows a quick break on the ball and is very smooth turning out of his back-pedal. ... Smart and competitive player with adequate ability to diagnose. ... Has the speed to recover when he makes mistakes in man coverage. ... Makes plays in front of him, as he can break quickly and arrive at the point of impact with some force. ... Has the range to play in the deep zone and adequate leaping ability to adjust to the ball in flight. ... He looks more comfortable playing the zone than man coverage, as he shows good ability to read the quarterback and does a better job of recognizing and reading routes. ... Catches the ball with hands extended away from the frame.
Negatives... Has lean sprinter's type legs with smooth muscle tone. ... Struggles in man coverage, as he looks slow in transition when trying to plant and drive on the ball. ... Gets too high in his backpedal and will then have to play catch-up to recover and get back on the receiver. ... Gets caught out of position too much as a cornerback, as receivers manage to separate from him easily. ... Needs to get stronger, as he fails to provide much press and lets the receiver dicate the route too much. ... Can run deep with the receiver, but is a little slow getting his head turned around to maintain sight of the ball. ... Willing in run support, but does not generate the strength to stack and control and is slow getting off blocks when an opponent gets a hand on him. ... Decent wrap-up tackler, but takes poor angles at times to the ball and will duck his head upon contact.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.43 in the 40-yard dash...290-pound bench press...410-pound squat...250-pound power clean...37-inch vertical jump...Right-handed...23/41 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: Did not participate in agility tests after he experienced tightening in his left hamstring (own choice)...32 1/8-inch arm length...9 -inch hands...24 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Woodlawn (Baltimore, Md.) High School, playing football for coach Reggie White...Competed as a quarterback, free safety and cornerback...Earned All-State, All-County and All-Metro honors as a senior...Selected to the Prep Star and USA Today (honorable mention) All-American teams...Picked up team MVP honors in both football and track...Passed for a school single-season record 1,683 yards his senior year, hitting on 78 of 109 passes, including 13 for touchdowns...Added 390 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns on the ground...On defense, he had 65 tackles and three interceptions... Finished his prep career with 2,685 yards passing and over 1,000 yards rushing while compiling 28 touchdown passes and 20 rushing scores...Picked off ten passes and collected over 100 career tackles on defense...Helped the track team to a state title in 1998, turning in a time of 21.2 seconds in the 200-meters...Won the Unsung Hero Award on his basketball team.
Personal: Graduated in December 2004 with a degree in Business Information Technology...Son of Vincent Fuller and Rene Richardson...Cousin of former Virginia Tech safety Damien Russell (1988-91)...Born Vincent Fuller II on 8/03/82 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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