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TOM KOUTSOS
Position: RB
Class: Sr
School: S. Illinois
Conference: Gateway
Ht., Wt.: 5'10, 225
40 Time: 4.72
Grade: 3.18

BIO: Four-year starter and second team all-conference selection as a senior after carrying the ball 187/968/14 when he split time in the Saluki backfield. Played three games in 2002 before injuring his knee and red-shirting. Awarded all-conference honors the previous three years. Junior totals of 2001 were 273/1,222/9 when he posted seven 100-yard rushing games which came off the heels of 297/1,257/11 on the ground as a sophomore.

POSITIVES: Tough, hard-working ballhandler who may ultimately wind up at fullback in the NFL. Sees the field, runs with good lean and immediately finds the hole. Tough, slides off defenders and works his runs. Patient and waits for blocks to develop yet also shows good power on the inside.

NEGATIVES: Lacks the quick and fluid footwork or the ability to immediately cut back and make defenders miss. Not explosive and lacks break-away speed. Displayed pass-catching skills early in his career yet has not been productive in that area the past few seasons.

ANALYSIS: A hard-working prospect, Koutsos was set back by a knee injury and forced to share time as a senior. Further complicating the process was a minor knee injury sustained at the Blue-Gray game, which prevented him from performing in front of a large group of scouts. Could develop into a solid short-yardage runner and in time eventually fill the role as a lead blocker.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

2003 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
7 55 7.9 0

2003 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
968 187 5.2 14

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