BIOGRAPHY: All-Conference selection as a senior who led the team on the ground with 211/969/9 and as a receiver with 76/724/4, all career-high numbers. Used as part of a rotational system the previous three years. Posted 637 rushing yards as a freshman, 780 rushing yards as a sophomore, and 633 rushing yards as a junior. Also saw action as a return specialist in college.
POSITIVES: Productive, multi-purpose skill player who projects as a third-down back. Patient ball-carrier, elusive, and makes defenders miss. Finds the running lanes, squirts through the small creases of the defense, and falls forward when tackled. Deceptively strong in his lower body and picks up the tough yardage. Nicely adjusts to the throw out of the backfield, extends his hands, and makes the reception away from his frame. Picks up blocking assignments and immediately recognizes blitzes.
NEGATIVES: Possesses marginal quickness and speed. Lacks the size to take a pounding at the next level.
ANALYSIS: Callender had been a solid college player before stepping up his game as a senior. His versatility as a ball-carrier and a pass-catcher gives him an advantage at the next level.