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iceshack149 04-25-2004 12:40 PM

A Fullback!
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Mike Karney
Position: Fullback
College: Arizona State
Height: 5-11
Weight: 254

Classic throwback to the days when football players wore leather helmets … Hard-hitting blocker who relishes his role of neutralizing defenders as the lead blocker for the running game … Regarded as the most talented fullback in college football, he possesses good hands and excellent blocking skills integral to passing offense, along with great coverage ability on special teams … Started 28 of 46 games for the Sun Devils, where he was used mostly as a lead blocker … Finished his career with 78 yards on 32 carries (2.4 avg.) and 37 receptions for 308 yards (8.3 avg.) and a touchdown … An avid weight lifter, he has a few "unique" ways of training in the offseason, as he will pull weighted sleds while wearing a parachute on his back and push cars around campus to increase his leg drive … "Mike was the heart and soul of our team," ASU coach Dirk Koetter said. "He's not a man of many words. He prefers to let his actions do his talking. More often than not, his actions are pretty darn good." … His lack of opportunities to carry the ball prompted his fan section to carry banners to Sun Devil games that read, "Give Karney the damn ball," but he humbly accepted the dirty work with crushing blocks and equally hard-hitting celebrations when ASU scores.

Positives: Has a short, thick, muscular, big frame … Has good change of direction agility, staying low in his pads to hold ground firmly at the point of attack … Quick to attack linebackers when blocking in the second level … Very effective at sinking his hips, driving with his legs and squaring his shoulders to clear the rush lanes … Above-average blocker for the passing game, keeping his head on a swivel to locate and target defenders coming off the edge or on the blitz … Plays with good initial movement … In limited opportunities to carry the ball, he shows the power to break tackles and move the pile … Adequate route runner who finds the seam and voids in zone coverage quickly … Has the body control and agility to make the tough catch in a crowd … Has enough agility to sustain blocks on the move working in space … Takes an unselfish approach to the game (will do whatever the coaches want him to do) … Clutch player that you can count on to do whatever he can to protect the quarterback … Has good, natural and functional strength and will not hesitate to face up to the larger defenders … For a team using a traditional fullback, there is not a better one to find in the collegiate ranks.

Negatives: More of a straight-line runner who tries to run over defenders rather than elude them … Lacks good pick, slide and burst through the line of scrimmage to be effective running with the ball … Can catch the ball in his hands, but will trap and body catch some … Has marginal value as an upfield receiver, as he does not have the playing speed to be effective on long patterns (more effective on underneath and short tosses).

Looks like a great pick. How'd we get the pick in the fifth?

Boogro 04-25-2004 12:46 PM

A Fullback!
I know we used our 2 6th rounders...not sure what else

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