BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after posting 275/1214/13 on the ground and 36/179/1 as a pass-catcher. Junior-year rushing totals included 296/1307/12 and 43/176/1 as a receiver.
POSITIVES: Instinctive ball-carrier with a compact build. Runs with good vision, follows blocks everywhere on the field, and finds the open lanes. Runs low to the ground, gets lost behind blockers, and displays a lot of elusiveness and shiftiness. Quick through the hole, shows the agility to turn the corner, and works runs hard. Solid pass-catcher out of the backfield. Picks up blocking assignments.
NEGATIVES: Easily knocked off balance by the first hit. Not a strong ball-carrier who breaks tackles and picks up yardage off initial contact. Cannot run to daylight or beat defenders in the open field.
ANALYSIS: Bernard is a hard-working college back with limited size, growth potential, and upside. He does the little things well, which could help him catch on as a third-down back.