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Cardinals select... JJ Arrington, RB, California
J.j. Arrington, TB, California
Height: 5:08.7 Weight: 214
Overview: Arrington is an emerging talent who unleashed one of the greatest rushing seasons in Pac-10 Conference history and arguably the most productive of any 2004 running back in the nation. He was voted a consensus first-team All-American and was the country's only 2,000-yard rusher. He not only led the NCAA in total rushing yards and yards per carry, but was also the only player to rush for 100-plus yards in every game, as he gained the most yards by a Pac-10 rusher since Marcus Allen of Southern California totaled 2,427 yards in 1981. Arrington was not a highly regarded prepster during his days at Northern Nash (Rocky Mount, N.C.) High School. Upon graduation, he decided to enroll in junior college, choosing the College of the Canyons. He came into his own as a sophomore, earning 2002 All-Region III honors by the California Community College Football Coaches Association and JC Athletic Bureau. He rushed for 769 yards and 19 touchdowns in only 135 carries as a sophomore, while also catching 30 passes for 320 yards and four additional scores. His 19 rushing touchdowns in 2002 and 29 career rushing scores during his two-year stint were both school records. Arrington also set or tied school marks for touchdowns in a game (five, twice) and season (23), and points in a game (30, twice), season (138) and career (198). Arrington transferred to California for the 2003 season, sharing halfback duties with Adimchinobe Echemandu. He started twice, gaining 607 yards with five touchdowns on 107 carries (5.7 avg). He also caught 21 passes for 178 yards (8.5 avg) and three scores, adding 39 yards on a pair of kickoff returns. Arrington earned All-American, All-Pac 10 Conference and Pop Warner Award (top player on the West Coast) honors as a senior. He led the nation in rushing with a school single-season record 2,018 yards on 289 carries (7.0 avg) and fifteen touchdowns. His 2,018 yards topped the old school record of 1,460 yards by Chuck Muncie in 1975, while his 289 carries broke the previous Cal record of 241 by Russell White in 1991. His 15 touchdowns surpassed the old record of fourteen, first set by White in 1991 and matched by Lindsey Chapman in 1993. Only Marcus Allen of Southern California (2427 in 1981) gained more yards rushing in a season in Pac-10 Conference history. Arrington also caught 21 passes for 121 yards (5.8 avg), finishing with a school single-season record 2,139 all-purpose yards. That figure topped the previous mark of 1,871 yards by Muncie in 1975. In 25 games with the Bears, Arrington amassed 2,625 yards with 20 touchdowns on 396 carries (6.6 avg). Only Russell White (3367, 1990-92), Joe Igber (3124, 1999-2002), Chuck Muncie (3052, 1973-75) and Paul Jones (2930, 1975, 77-79) gained more yards on the ground in school annals. He added 299 yards and three scores on 42 receptions (7.1 avg) and 39 yards on two kickoff returns. His 2,963 all-purpose yards rank eleventh on the school's career record list.
Analysis: Positives... Has a compact, but muscular frame with good upper body thickness, good bubble, thick thighs and wide hips. ... Has a good initial burst, above average stop-and-go action and change of direction agility. ... Has the vision to recognize coverage and very good acceleration off the perimeter. ... Anticipates running lanes well, quickly seeing the creases and defenders to instinctively burst and elude. ... Slides and hits the seams with urgency and quickness. ... Has good balance and despite his size, can jump cut and power through the small crease. ... Shows good patience waiting for blocks to develop on outside runs. ... Has enough leg strength to burst through arm tackles and the second gear needed to separate when in the open. ... Usually more than a one-miss type and he can quickly accelerate after stopping and shows good hip swerve and juke ability. ... Carries the ball in either arm and has improved his ball security in 2004. ... Not used much in a variety of roles in the passing game, but is adequate on flares and screens.
Negatives... Little indecisive at times when he attacks the inside holes. ... Has had ball security issues in the past, but made steady improvement there in 2004. ... Because of his size, his weight room strength does not always translate to the field. ... Can get crumpled by solid contact, and gets tripped too easily. ... Marginal route runner who rounds his cuts and struggles to track the ball over his head. ... More of a body catcher who leaves his feet to catch high and low balls. ... Mostly aligned deep as a tailback, so he can accelerate before attacking the hole, but he will need to line up closer to scrimmage at the pro level. ... Steps up aggressively to pass block, but his size allows defenders to simply run over him. ... He tries to pick up and cut in the open, but lacks the strength to be effective there.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.39 in the 40-yard dash. ... 365-pound bench press. ... 440-pound squat. ... 308-pound power clean. ... Right-handed. ... 10/47 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 4.43 in the 40-yard dash. ... 2.57 20-yard dash. ... 1.54 10-yard dash. ... 4.1 20-yard shuttle. ... 11.07 60-yard shuttle. ... 6.81 three-cone drill. ... 35-inch vertical jump. ... 10'1" broad jump. ... Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times. ... 30 -inch arm length. ... 8 -inch hands. ... 14 Wonderlic score.
High school: Lettered as a tailback at Northern Nash (Rocky Mount, N.C.) High School.
Personal: Social Welfare major...Born 1/23/83...Resides in Nashville, North Carolina.