BIOGRAPHY: Brother of Rashard Mendenhall and a former member of the Illinois football team. Named Missouri Valley Newcomer of the Year
last season after starting four games and leading the team on the ground, posting 126/796/11, with an average of 6.2 yards
per carry. Primarily a special teams player at Illinois.
POSITIVES: On film it is apparent Mendenhall has the skill and ability to play at the next level. He displayed flashes of brilliance
last year, and he will find a roster spot as a back-up running back if he continues to progress on the field and improves
NEGATIVES: Never a factor in the passing game. Spotty in his production at Illinois State and was a non-factor in a number of games.
Rarely saw the field at Illinois.
ANALYSIS: Large, powerful running back with an array of ball-carrying skills. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and runs with good
lean and balance. Displays solid vision, above- average instincts, and slips defenders in a small area. Shows a burst of speed,
can turn the corner, and is surprisingly fast in the open field. Will pick and choose his way on the inside, tough to bring
down, and rarely tackled by the first defender. Keeps his feet driving up the field and moves the pile.