Here are player bios for some of our players. It took me a while to dig all this info up for the less known players. I left out the guys we all ready know about and the guys who I couldn't find anything at all for were also excluded from the list. I also had to shorten it to fit the board. The board made me cut it down a lot.
Here it is!
College: Ball State
NFL Experience: Rookie
Positives: Well-built athlete with good upper body muscle definition, strong arms, tight waist, good bubble and thickness in his lower frame … Team leader who works hard in his offseason conditioning program … Has good hip flexibility and quick feet, showing the ability to change direction smoothly … Smart and instinctive player who reacts quickly and makes proper reads, especially in run support … Shows adequate vision in the passing game, doing a decent job of sniffing the ball out in front of him … Makes plays on the ball in the air and while not an explosive tackler, he is reliable to wrap and secure … Tough and aggressive in run support, squeezing through trash to quickly plug the rushing lanes … Stays low in his pads and drives hard with his legs to push the fullback back through the hole … Shows good field smarts in zone coverage, flowing quickly to the ball … Has good strength for his position, but could use additional bulk and power to compete effectively at the next level … His instincts and ability to break down plays allows him to take good angles in order to compensate for a lack of top-end speed.
Negatives: Needs to improve his speed, as he might not be quick enough to cover receivers in the deep zone at the pro level … A little stiff in his hips and does not have the short-area explosion to be relied too much in man coverage … Has good range, but needs to build up to top speed … Struggles to adjust to the ball with his back to it, and is better making plays in front of him … Will not usually bite on a receiver's double moves, but if they get by him, he does not have the recovery speed to make the play … Effective with his hands to keep blockers off his body, but they are not natural enough to get good production on the interception … Not a quick-twitch type, but is reliable getting to the ball.
NFL Experience: 2
Erik Bickerstaff's incredible journey to the NFL has captivated football fans across the country and has gained national and international media attention. Bickerstaff finished his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin with only one carry for one yard, that coming in the fourth quarter of a 59-0 route over Indiana. After being projected as the starting fullback going into his senior year at Wisconsin, Bickerstaff was ruled ineligible to compete because the university had failed to monitor his academic progress as a partial qualifier and a walk-on. It was the end of a terribly disappointing collegiate football career.
"If Erik had played 4 years of football at Wisconsin, he would have been a first day pick in the draft," said Adam J. Robbins, RSM President and NFLPA certified agent. "Instead, he left Wisconsin with only one carry and limitless potential."
In order to make ends meet, Bickerstaff began working as a janitor at Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium, cleaning the floors and windows of the very same coaches who he used to play for.
But Bickerstaff remained devoted to his football career, regardless of the many setbacks he had encountered. When RSM approached the janitor with a plan to make the NFL, Bickerstaff's dream of becoming a professional running back became a little more real.
After being led through an intense training program overseen by Director of Sports Operations, Sam Cipriano, Bickerstaff impressed NFL scouts at his Pro Day. "I've never seen scouts act that way," said Cipriano. They were literally flipping though papers trying to figure out who he was."
With nothing more than spring ball film to work with, Robbins began the process of promoting Bickerstaff to NFL teams. RSM launched a targeted public relations campaign approaching contacts in the media across the US, exposing Bickestaff as the diamond in the rough that he was. The RSM management team utilized their wide array of NFL contacts to secure a workout for Bickestaff with the Dallas Cowboys. After two visits in Dallas, Erik was signed to the Cowboys in August. Even though Bickerstaff was signed three weeks into training camp, he impressed the coaches and staff, beating out drafted and veteran running backs to earn himself a spot on the 53 man roster. Bickestaff rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.
As the regular season carried on, Bickerstaff played an important role as a starting special team's player and a running back. In a key division game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Bickerstaff made his NFL debut, rushing for 41 yards on 10 carries and returning two kick-offs for 24 yards. It was the first game that Bickerstaff had more than one carry since he was a junior in high school, nearly seven years earlier.
The next week, Bickerstaff scored his first career NFL touchdown against the Washington Redskins, putting an exclamation point on a tale of incredible perseverance.
Since then, Bickerstaff's Cinderella story has been found in almost all major newspapers across the US. His story will continue to be told on TV networks, radio stations, and newspapers across the country. In the meantime, Erik is ready for the next step; to complete his journey and become a starting running back in the NFL.
93 Coleman, Kenyon DE 6-5 284 4 UCLA
NFL Experience: 4
2003: In first season with Dallas, appeared in all 16 regular season games. Finished year with 15 total tackles (nine solo), three QB pressures and a sack.
2002: Coleman was active for one game at Buffalo (10/6) and recorded one tackle in rookie season with Raiders. Coleman was inactive for the other 15 regular season games as well as the entire postseason.
Coleman finished his career with 138 tackles, 16.5 sacks for minus-107 yards and 34 tackles for losses of 158 yards in four seasons at UCLA. His 34 tackles behind the line of scrimmage rank ninth in school history. Coleman earned All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection as a senior after starting at defensive end and recording 44 tackles (30 solos) with a team-high 8.5 sacks for minus-54 yards. He ranked second on the squad with 15 stops for losses of 64 yards, caused and recovered a fumble and deflected three passes. Coleman recorded seven tackles against Alabama and posted four tackles with a sack and two stops for losses against Oregon State. He had six tackles, including a 10-yard sack and three stops for minus-12 yards, again
15 Crowder , Tom WR 6-1 207 1 Arkansas
Team: Dallas Cowboys
NFL Experience: 1
Matt Mosley, of the Dallas Morning News, reports Dallas Cowboys HC Bill Parcells singled out WR Tom Crowder as one player who has made great strides since the 2004 season. Crowder might be the fastest player on the team, but he spent the past year trying to improve his hands.
63 Dahl, Harvey OT 6-6 299 R Nevada-Reno
Ht., Wt.: 6-6, 299
40 Time: 5.47
BIO: Four-year starter who.s been an All-Conference selection the past two seasons. Primarily used at weakside tackle as a senior.
POSITIVES: Big, tough blocker with an outstanding feel for the game. Plays with leverage, stays square and controls opponents at the point of attack. Displays good initial jolt and explosion off the ball, quickly gets his hands up and effectively uses angles in pass protection. Solid position blocker who walls defenders from the action. Smart, works well with teammates and stays with the action.
NEGATIVES: Not a nimble lineman effective in motion or on the second level. Overextends and lacks blocking range. Not a powerful drive blocker and better in pass protection.
ANALYSIS: A consistent performer on the college level, Dahl offers adequate size with growth potential. Best in confined quarters, he must improve his playing strength and run-blocking skills to have a chance at the next level.
29 Davis, Keith S 5-10 198 3 Sam Houston
College: Sam Houston State
NFL Experience: 3
2004: Allocated to Berlin Thunder on January 13, 2004. Earned all-NFLE honors finishing second in the league with four interceptions in helping lead Thunder to World Bowl title.
2003: Re-signed with Dallas on March 7 but was released July 26 and spent the rest of the season out of the NFL.
2002: Signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent. Had several stints on the Cowboys practice squad before being signed to active roster on October 12. He was released on October 22 and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.
Davis closed out his Bearkat career with 339 tackles and six interceptions. In his senior campaign he totaled 96 tackles, four forced fumbles. As a junior, he finished the year with 99 tackles, two interceptions, and 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, earning Southland Football League Defensive Player of the Year and team Most Valuable Player honors by his teammates. As a sophomore, he amassed 104 tackles, 11 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a redshirt freshman, Davis recorded 40 tackles as a reserve safety.
44 Evans, Jonathan FB 6-0 240 R Baylor
Team: Dallas Cowboys
NFL Experience: Rookie
No Bio Found.
27 Finley, Clint S 6-0 210 2 Nebraska
The Cowboys signed former Chiefs safety Clint Finley to a one-year contract Wednesday, hoping to fill a pressing need at the position.
Finley, one of six players to work out for the Cowboys at Valley Ranch on Wednesday morning, spent two years with Kansas City, although he has just four career games under his belt, with no starts.
A native of Cuero, Texas, Finley (6-0, 210) will likely compete with Keith Davis and Lynn Scott for playing time at free safety.
80 Ryan, Sean TE 6-5 257 2 Boston College
Position: Tight End Sean Ryan
College: Boston College
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Analysis | Agility | High School | Personal
Four-year starter who moved into the lineup early in his freshman season … Possessing exceptional football character, Ryan is an unbelievable worker in the weight room and will make that extra effort to improve himself … Joined the Eagles as a defensive end, but found a home on offense when he shifted to tight end as a sophomore … Called the "most competitive player in the Big East" by USA Today, Ryan hauled in 75 passes for 950 yards (12.7 avg.) and 12 touchdowns in 37 games on offense … He also recorded 48 tackles (31 solos) with an 18-yard sack, three stops behind the line of scrimmage on defense, two pass deflections, a fumble recovery and a quarterback pressure … His 12 scoring grabs rank second in school history among Eagle tight ends (sixth overall).
Positives: Outgoing and personable athlete who looks the part of a prototype tight end — long torso with good chest muscle development, thick arms, thickness in his lower body and the frame to add more bulk with no drop-off in speed … Called the "hardest worker on the team" by the BC coaching staff … Physical blocker with the power to dominate larger defensive lineman and the quickness to separate from linebackers on pass routes … Has the body control to easily adjust to the poorly thrown pass … Very agile for a player his size, doing a nice job with his juking and head fakes to sell and con the defenders in attempts to gain separation … His acceleration off the line allows him to get into his patterns, showing urgency in his patterns … Very effective using his leg drive and hand extension to avoid the jam (takes no false steps and shows no hesitation in his release) … His patterns are very crisp for a player his size, showing good route definition and the ability to uncover with his body control and quickness … Provides the quarterback with a big target (one that will adjust and compete for the contested ball) … Seals the corner with authority and has the range to get out and lead on sweeps … Maintains concentration going up for the ball in a crowd and the toughness needed to fight for additional yardage after the catch … Has above-average body flexibility, making twisting adjustments to reach the ball at its high point … Runs hard, using his lower-body power to run over defenders … Can make proper adjustments blocking in space, using his hands effectively to tie up the defenders long enough when working in the second level.
Negatives: Runs hard after the catch, but lacks that sudden burst needed to elude (compensates with power to drive through the defenders) … Improving as an in-line blocker, giving good effort, but needs to get out quicker when lead blocking for the ground game (will try to out-muscle rather than finesse block, but is still developing the power he needs to be consistent in this area) … Has good hands, but will bobble the ball on occasion, especially when trying to make the over-the-shoulder grabs … Has good acceleration, but lacks the burst to separate (has the leg drive to compensate in attempts to gain yardage after the catch).
4.97 in the 40-yard dash … 360-pound bench press … Bench presses 225 pounds 22 times … 32½-inch vertical jump … 33-inch arm length … 10 3/8-inch hands … Ambidextrous.
Attended St. Joseph's (Buffalo, N.Y.) High, competing in football for coach Bob O'Connor, earning all-state honors as a senior … Three-time all-league and all-city choice … Also lettered in basketball and lacrosse … Attended Worcester Academy for for one year after graduating from St. Joseph's.
History major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences (2.9 grade point average) … Only child of Eileen and Joseph Ryan … Born Sean P. Ryan on March 27, 1980 … Resides in Buffalo, N.Y.
32 Thomas, Anthony RB 6-2 225 5 Michigan
2003: Moved up 9 spots to 8th on the franchise all-time rushing list with a team-high 1,024 yards on the ground while starting all 13 games played, ranking as the NFL's 17th-leading rusher while tying his career-high of 4 performances of 100 or more rushing yards ... Started at RB for Games 1-5, 8-11, and 13-16; Inactive for Games 6-7 due to foot injury and Game 12 due to illness ... Produced career-long 67-yard TD run vs. GB (9/29) to propel him to his sixth career 100-yard rushing game with 110 yards on just 13 carries while topping the 2,000-yard rushing mark for his career.
2002: Started at RB for the Bears first 12 games of the season before a broken left index finger ended his campaign early ... Still led Chicago in rushing for second consecutive season with 721 yards and 6 rushing TDs, tying for the overall team lead (Marty Booker, 6 receiving) ... Ranked 3rd on team with career-high 24 receptions for 163 yards ... Ran consecutive-game start streak to 17 by starting Games 1-12; Inactive Game 13 due to injury before going on injured reserve.
2001: Award-winning rookie campaign culminated in his selection as the 2001 rookie recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award, voted by his Bears teammates, after being named NFL Rookie-of-the-Year by Sports Illustrated and selected to Pro Football Weekly's All-Rookie team ... Broke Rashaan Salaam's Bears rookie rushing record with 1,183 yards on the ground to rank 2nd among all NFL rookies in 2001 ... Set NFL record for most touches by a rookie without a fumble with 300 split between 278 rush attempts and 22 receptions ... Posted four 100-yard efforts and averaged 84.9 yards per game in 14 games played, 10 of which were starts ... Injured right knee in preseason opener vs. CIN (8/4) and missed the final 3 exhibitions ... Returned to action to make his NFL debut in the season opener at BALT (9/9) with 3 carries for 9 yards ... Earned first NFL start vs. MIN (9/23) and caught first career pass for 8 yards.
Established new Michigan career records with 924 carries for 4,472 yards and 55 TDs in his collegiate career of 48 games with 26 starts as a Wolverine (1997-2000) ... Caught 84 passes for 810 yards and 1 TD while returning 31 kickoffs for 720 yards ... Ranks 2nd in UM history with 6,002 career all purpose yards ... Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior as well as second and third-team All-America selection from several publications ... Also a semifinalist for Football News Player-of-the-Year and the Doak Walker Award (given annually to the nation's top RB) ... Team's MVP after starting every game and rushing for 1,733 yards and 18 TDs on a school-record 319 carries while catching 17 passes for 271 yards and 1 TD ... His 2,004 total yards made him the first player in Michigan history to account for over 2,000 all-purpose yards in 1 season ... His 114 points rank 4th on the school's single-season points chart ... Two-time Citrus Bowl MVP, winning the award as a sophomore and senior ... As a junior, named second-team All-Big Ten selection, starting every game and rushing for 100 yards 7 times ... Led team with 1,297 yards and 17 TDs on 301 carries and 102 points ... As a sophomore, named The Sporting News' Breakout Player-of-the-Year after posting 891 yards and 15 TDs on 166 carries ... Began career with 549 yards and 5 TDs on 137 carries in 12 games as a freshman while adding 22 receptions for 219 yards; 8-200 KR ... Graduated from UM with a degree in sports management and communications.