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AVON COBOURNE
Position: HB
Class: Sr
School: West Virginia
Conference: Big East
Ht., Wt.: 5'7½, 205
40 Time: 4.68
Grade: 3.48

BIO: First-team All-Conference selection and third team All-America choice last year after carrying the ball 335 times for 1,710 yards and 17 scores. Also caught 15 passes for 156 yards. Second-team All-League pick the previous two seasons when his ground numbers were 267-1,298-9 and 224-1,018-7 as a junior and sophomore, respectively. Freshman All-American in 1998, leading the Big East in rushing, totaling 224-1,139-10.

POSITIVES: Compact, yet tough runner productive handling the ball. Patient ball carrier with tremendous vision and always finds the open spot in the defense. Quick footed, immediately bounces it to the outside avoiding piles, or slashes across the turf and makes defenders miss. Weaves through the traffic, keeps his feet moving up the field and runs with an aggressive style, falling forward to pick up the extra yardage. Works to finish his runs and always keeps the play in bounds.

NEGATIVES: Cannot beat opponents to the flanks, cut the corner or run to daylight. Erratic pass catching skills and not much of a receiving threat out of the backfield.

ANALYSIS: A lesser version of Amos Zereoue, former WVU star now with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lack of height helps him get lost behind blockers and running skills enable him to consistently pick up positive yardage. Like his former teammate, could excel as a situational back and develop into a starter.

PROJECTION: Early Fifth Round

2002 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
15 146 9.73 0

2002 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
1710 335 5.1 17

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