this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; This is a long post that I copied from nfl.com so grab a sody-pop if you're interested in the fullback comparisons. I'll play the part of pakowitz for today and list four fullbacks and leave a link at the end. ...
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This is a long post that I copied from nfl.com so grab a sody-pop if you're interested in the fullback comparisons. I'll play the part of pakowitz for today and list four fullbacks and leave a link at the end.
College: Virginia Tech
A physical player who combines toughness with good athleticism ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Plays smart and knows the Virginia Tech system ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ A former tailback who has a knack for picking up yardage ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Developed as a blocker and can catch the football coming out of the backfield ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Understands leverage from his high school days as a championship wrestler ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Moved from tailback to fullback prior to the 2000 season ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Joined the team as a walk-on ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ In 42 games, he gained 152 yards on 36 carries (4.2 avg) and caught 36 passes for 304 yards (8.4 avg) with a pair of scores.
Positives: Has a short, stocky build with broad shoulders, thick legs and thighs, and muscular arms ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Excels at what a fullback does ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ Catches the short tosses out of the backfield and lead blocked for some very successful tailbacks (Lee Suggs, Kevin Jones) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Good competitor who is not afraid to throw his body around, and will never take a play off ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Shows quickness to reach the outside to lead block and the strength and balance to clear rush lanes between the tackles ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Low-maintenance type who puts the extra effort in during practice and weight-room sessions ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Vocal leader who will take whatever the line gives him in limited chances to carry the ball ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Runs hard and gives second- and third-effort blocking in the second level ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has the straight-line speed needed to get out into the flats as a receiver ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Shows adequate vision when running with the ball ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Plays on his feet, using his power to effectively handle the blitz and can square up in the hole and hold the point ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Makes good reads to adjust to defenders on the move.
Negatives: More of a straight-line runner, lacking hip swerve and wiggle to be productive as a runner ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Lacks the foot speed and burst to adequately hit the holes (good square-up blocker, though) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Not punishing when running inside, but stays low in his pads and uses his arms effectively to lock on and steer defenders away from the play ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Does not have the long speed needed to threaten a defense vertically ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Prefers to cut block, but shows the strength to square up when attacking the holes ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has shorter than ideal arms (28 5/8-inch length).
College: Oklahoma State
OVERVIEWHighly recruited fullback coming out of college who helped the Cowboys produce 1,000-yard rushers in each of his last two seasons ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Physical blocker who also proved to be an effective receiver out of the backfield ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ In 44 games, he carried 60 times for 147 yards (2.5 avg.) and caught 28 passes for 196 yards (7.0 avg.) and a touchdown ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Also made a pair of tackles on special teams.
Positives: Has a solid build with broad shoulders, defined lower body and muscular arms ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has adequate quickness in his movements and at the point of attack ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has the strength to break arm tackles and shows good ball security ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Runs good pass routes, showing balance and the ability to locate the ball working in a crowd ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has natural hands to extend, catch and turn up field with the ball ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Willing blocker who won't back down.
Negatives: Marginal ball carrier who lacks vision and elusiveness ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Struggles as an inside runner, as he lacks a feel for the cut back lane ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Willing blocker, but lacks technique (does not get in proper position).
OVERVIEWA big factor in the Gophers being recognized as the second-best running back unit in the nation for 2003 by Athlon and the best position group in the Big Ten Conference by Lindy's ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Teamed with Terry Jackson II and Marion Barber III to form one of the nation's best backfields ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ A big, physically-punishing running back that played his first injury-free season in 2002 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ One of the strongest members on the squad, with a team high on the bench press of 430 pounds and a squat of 630 pounds ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Lined up at fullback, where he set some devastating blocks over the last three seasons ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Played in 43 games, carrying 410 times for 1,957 yards (4.8 avg.) and 24 touchdowns, adding 213 yards and three scores on 18 receptions (11.8 avg.) and completed both pass attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Positives: Has an athletic physique with broad shoulders, a V-shaped torso, abdominal definition, good bubble, strong thighs and knotted calves ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has good quickness at the snap, hitting the hole immediately on the fullback dive ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Makes very quick decision when running with the ball ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Lacks good shake, but can bounce outside or cut back to avoid the initial tackler ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Hits the inside rush lane with power, using his leg drive and natural strength to keep his legs moving on contact to break tackles and takes what he can when the hole is clogged ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Makes good body adjustments to the off-target pass, looking the ball in before running with it ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ While not used much outside as a hot receiver in the passing game, he catches with his hands extended and can snatch the ball at its high point when competing for it in traffic ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has never missed an offseason workout and takes pride in his game preparation and the way he plays the game with urgency.
Negatives: Avid weight room performer, but his wrestler-type physique lacks flexibility (appears stiff when redirecting) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ More of a North/South runner, as he lacks the wiggle, shake and hip swerve to elude (will power through tackles) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Needs to do a better job of securing the ball before attacking the holes (sometimes holds it like a loaf of bread) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Despite playing the fullback position and being blessed with great power, he is not a face-up type of blocker, as he will lunge and over-extend when trying to sustain and lacks pop and explosion when leading on inside run plays (gets too high in his pads, resulting in the defender pushing him back into the lane, but does a better job of blocking in the open field).
Like a dependable pickup truck, capable of plowing through even the most difficult of terrain, Lousaka was a reliable backfield performer the last three years ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Possesses all of the quintessential fullback qualities: tough, dependable and unsung ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Prototypical leader by example, not only on the field but also in the weight room and locker room ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Voted offensive captain each of the last three years by his teammates, the first player in school history to garner such honors ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Boasts a body builder's physique with the strength to match ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Named a "Chairman of the Board" for his dedication during winter conditioning ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ "Lousaka knew the offense inside and out," running backs coach Dino Babers said. "He is one of this football team's leaders. He has a lot of experience but is still continuously refining himself as a fullback." ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Among the steady stream of Woodland Hills High products to sign with the Panthers in recent seasons, joining defensive backs William Ferguson and Shawntae Spencer and fullback Mark Yezovich as former Wolverines on the Panthers' 2003 roster ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Started 40 of 46 games, carrying 180 times for 655 yards (3.6 avg.) and four touchdowns, adding 485 yards and two scores on 59 receptions (8.2 avg.).
Positives: Stout athlete with a barrel chest, thick legs and thighs and muscular arms ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Good worker who is a respected team leader ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Dedicated in the weight room and is a vocal part of his unit ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Energetic blocker who squares his shoulders and drive hard with his legs when lead blocking ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Effective getting to the edge to neutralize the blitz ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Always looks for other defenders to hit after making the initial block in the second level ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Shows strength to finish blocks consistently ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Good short-area runner who stays at a low pad level and does a solid job securing the ball before attacking the line ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Will cover up the ball before heading upfield as a receiver ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has adequate hands, doing a nice job of settling in when working back to the quarterback ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Displays good awareness in pass protection and knows when to leak out of the backfield to get to the dump-off pass ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Finishes his runs with good forward body lean, doing a good job of breaking arm tackles.
Negatives: Has marginal lateral quickness, hopping into his cuts while running with a slight "duck-footed" style, which negates his initial burst ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Struggles when having to change direction instantly, looking awkward as he tries to redirect ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has marginal speed and quickness to be effective in anything more than dump-off routes ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Struggles getting in and out of his cuts, making him an easy target for a defender in the open ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Has good hands for the short passing game, but fails to track the ball in flight over his shoulders and does not have the flexibility needed to adjust and turn on the ball ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦ Needs to get a head of steam in order to clear the rush lanes as a lead blocker (when working in tight quarters, his limited athleticism prevents him from sustaining and finishing his blocks).