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Clinton Portis | HB | Miami (FL) | Big East Conference
Selected by Denver Broncos in round 2, pick 19 (51 overall)
Height Weight 40 Grade
5'10½ 200 4.4 3.75
Clinton Portis
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Productive third-year collegian considered for both All-Conference and All-American honors last year. Led the team in rushing as a junior when he totaled 220/1,200/5.5/10, also catching 12/125/4.0/1. Nicked up as a sophomore playing behind James Jackson and finished the season carrying the football 77/485/6.3/2, catching five passes. Became just the second true freshman in school history to start at running back in '99 and totaled 143/838/5.9/8 on the ground, setting a Miami rushing record for freshman. Ran a pair of blistering 40-times after the combine, clocking in the low 4.3's.

Patient runner with great vision and a sense of awareness. Sees the field, waits for blocks to develop then follows them. Displays top footwork in a small area; sidesteps opponents, has some swivel to his runs, showing elusiveness in a small area. Leaves opponents grasping for air and weaves his way through the traffic, finding the small spaces in the defense and getting through them. Looks to set up his blocks either at the line of scrimmage or down the field. Adjusts off the initial hit, breaks arm tackles and quick regaining his balance and getting back to running form. Solid receiver out of the backfield that catches the ball cleanly and runs well after the reception. Does not translate his stop watch speed onto the football field; can not bounce it to the outside, run to daylight nor does he show a burst. Best between the tackles but may not have the size to take an every down pounding. Very productive and a runner who will produce if put in a rotational system that shuffles its backs in and out of the lineup. Late Second Round.

2001 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
1304 240 5.4 11

2001 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
16 151 9.4 1

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