Weight: 220 pounds
Drafted By: Seattle Seahawks (2nd round, 62nd overall)
40 Yard Dash: 4.54
Bench Press: 27
Vertical Jump: 43″
Broad Jump: 125″
Scouting Report/Player Notes
Big, speedy tailback who has some red flags going into his senior season. The red flags that come along with Michael are injuries, specifically a season-ending knee injury last season, and being suspended from the team for violations of team rules. So far, he hasn’t been able to get good momentum for his senior season, but if he is given a full workload, he is capable of making big plays with his quickness and speed. He’s also a bigger back, so he is good to fall forward at the end of most runs and hit the hole hard. Gets bottled up at the line of scrimmage far too frequently, but when he gets outside the tackles, he is a dangerous one-cut runner. Runs low, keeps good balance, and does a good job getting to the second level quickly when he is able to run to the outside.
Career Highlights (via Texas A&M athletics site)
Was well on his way to a 1,000-yard rushing season before a knee injury against Oklahoma ended his year … had rushed for 899 yards and eight touchdowns on 149 carries in the first nine games of the season (with six starts) … rushed for a career-high 230 yards and three TDs on 32 carries against Arkansas, which tied for the third-largest single game rushing total in school history … also logged 100-yard games against Baylor (21-105), Iowa State (18-142) and Missouri (21-104) … his 99.9 rushing yards per game ranked No. 3 in the Big 12 (No. 24 nationally) entering the bowl season … also had eight catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Michael’s sophomore season was cut short when he broke his leg in the Aggies’ win over Texas Tech and was lost for the season … had gained 631 yards on 126 carries with four touchdowns in the first eight games, which included six starts … also had 13 catches for 174 yards … opened the season with three straight 100 yard rushing games — had 22-105 vs. Stephen F. Austin, 14-107 vs. Louisiana Tech and 21-119 vs. FIU … had a season-long run of 67 against Louisiana Tech.
Named the Big 12′s Offensive Freshman of the Year by both the league’s head coaches and The Dallas Morning News … was The Oklahoman’s Big 12 Freshman of the Year … named to collegefootballnews. com’s Freshman All-America third team and ESPN.com’s Big 12 All-Freshman team … played in 12 games, starting four … led the team with 844 rushing yards and 10 TDs … had two 100-yard rushing games and a pair of two-TD efforts … set a school record with a 97-yard TD run in win over Baylor … finished the game with a game-high 116 yards and two scores … posted first career 100-yard rushing game in win at Texas Tech, totaling 121 yards on 22 carries … totaled 238 all-purpose yards against Utah State … had top debut rushing game by true freshman since 1987 with a 93-yard, 11-carry effort in win over New Mexico.
Video Highlights (via YouTube)