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Zoners: possible RB late in draft...Jamaal Charles *Merge*

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  1. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Charles has sprinters speed and is tough......could be a sleeper....what do you Zoners think?

    Texas RB Charles to enter NFL draft
    Posted: Wednesday January 2, 2008 3:41PM; Updated: Wednesday January 2, 2008 5:43PM


    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Jamaal Charles was the fourth Texas Longhorn to rush for more than 1,500 yards in a season. He'll be the first from a list that includes a pair of Heisman Trophy winners to leave early for the NFL.

    The junior running back, who had 1,619 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, announced Wednesday he will enter the NFL draft.

    Charles joined Cedric Benson and Heisman winners Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell as the only Longhorns to rush for more than 1,500 yards in a season.

    His biggest game of the season was a career-high 290 yards in a 28-25 win over Nebraska in which he had 216 yards and three long TDs in the fourth quarter. He also had 161 yards and two touchdowns in Texas' Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State. Texas finished 10-3.

    He indicated after the bowl game he would return, but had filed paperwork with the NFL to test where he might get drafted. The response, which he did not disclose, prompted his decision, he said in a statement released by the school.

    "Playing in the NFL has always been my dream and when the NFL report came back, I was happy with the grade and felt like it was best for me to enter the draft," said Charles, who led the Big 12 in rushing.

    The first high-profile player to declare early for the draft, Charles could be joined by running backs Darren McFadden of Arkansas, a Heisman finalist, and Steve Slaton of West Virginia, among others.

    Charles is the rare Texas player to leave coach Mack Brown early. Quarterback Vince Young, who led Texas to the 2005 national championship, is the only other Longhorn to enter the draft early in Brown's 10 seasons in Austin.

    Brown figured he would lose a major contributor before ever coaching a game at Texas, but Williams shocked everyone by returning for his senior season -- Brown's first with the Longhorns-- in 1998. Williams won the Heisman that year.

    Charles' 3,328 yards rushing rank fourth in school history, trailing Williams, Benson and Campbell.

    "We appreciate everything Jamaal has done for Texas and want to wish him all of the best," Brown said. "He has been a great player for us and more importantly a tremendous person, student and representative of our program."

    A slashing runner with sprinter's speed, Charles averaged 6.2 yards per carry this season. After being dogged by early-season fumbling problems -- including a key drop near the goal line in a 28-21 loss to Oklahoma -- he flourished down the stretch, averaging 180 yards over the final five games.

    He was a four-time All-American in track for the Longhorns and ran a career-best 10.23-second 100 meters to win the Big 12 title as a freshman in 2006.

    Charles' departure leaves quarterback Colt McCoy as the team's leading returning rusher. McCoy had 492 yards while the top returning tailback, Vondrell McGee, had 297 yards on 75 carries and eight TDs.

    Texas also announced Wednesday that assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff is leaving after one season on the Texas staff. A 36-year coaching veteran, Mac Duff spent four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before joining the Longhorns.

    Texas had one of the worst defenses in the country, giving up an average of 33.4 points over the final five games.

    "Larry and I met this morning and he informed me that he is not returning for the 2008 season, citing philosophical differences," Brown said. "Larry is a great coach and man and we appreciate all he's done for our program."

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  2. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    With our 3rd or 4th, sure.
  3. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    I kind of liked the Mendenhall kid from Illinois.
  4. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    He's not gonna be around too late.

    I figure he's a first day guy, would be a first rounder if he could hold onto the ball.
  5. dogunwo

    dogunwo Waves that make you sea-sick

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    Screw all of that James Davis will be available with our second rounder.
  6. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Tashard Choice > all of the above

    :D
  7. dogunwo

    dogunwo Waves that make you sea-sick

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    Negative. But I don't think we should sell the Ranch for DMac
  8. IndianaCowboyFan

    IndianaCowboyFan The Bullet

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    He was a four-time All-American in track for the Longhorns and ran a career-best 10.23-second 100 meters to win the Big 12 title as a freshman in 2006.

    That is a smoking good time.
  9. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    According to some here, he should be a first round pick. Some say he's "Explosive between the tackles" and "makes cuts Reggie Bush can't make".


    :rolleyes:


    I wouldn't even think of drafting him till the 4th round at the soonest. But if we're gonna draft a RB, I want it to be a GOOD RB, which means 1st round.
  10. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Agreed, but only the ones "Above" Your post. There's a few RBs I'd take over Choice. Choice wouldn't be one of those "Good RBs" I mentioned before.


    Solid, but if we're going RB I want an elite one.
  11. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    Mendenhall would be the obvious choice, he's got the speed, power, footwork and vision... He's also one of the best backs at catching the ball out of the backfield.
  12. Hypnotoad

    Hypnotoad Active Member

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    I know this isn't mentioned alot, but has anyone considered trading up with miami to try to get McFadden?
  13. dogunwo

    dogunwo Waves that make you sea-sick

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    well played
  14. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    um

    McFadden
    Stewart
    Mendenhall
    Chris Johnson

    Choice
    James Davis
    Charles
  15. pugilist

    pugilist dwarecwby311

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    has a hard time holding onto the ball

    gotta take the good with the bad i guess
  16. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    looks like someone got one over old silverbear
  17. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    :laugh2: :laugh2:
  18. anava

    anava Well-Known Member

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    Gotta agree with a couple of people on here. I watch a good amount of UT ball and he does seems to fumble a lot.
  19. lzppjb

    lzppjb New Member

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    That string of fumbles early in the season came after he injured his ulnar nerve in the 2nd game against TCU. He was set in his ways of carrying the ball with that arm and it wasn't strong enough. He started using his other arm and the fumbles stopped.
  20. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    I do too, but he'll be a near-certain first rounder if he declares... Charles looks like about a third rounder to me...

    I could also argue that Mendenhall and Barber are quite similar backs, while Charles would be a change of pace back, a pure speedster...

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