More than a week ago reports from the NFL Scouting Combine had many thinking former University of Wisconsin running back Brian Calhoun's professional stock was dropping. But the Badgers' MVP from this past season returned to Madison on Wednesday and proved his speed after running 4.38 seconds in...[details]
Pros: Despite marginal size, he has the excellent combination of power and quickness that allowed him to succeed in the tough Big Ten. Has an aggressive physical running style with the quickness and strength to consistently carry the ball between the tackles. Has a quick burst through the hole, reaching the second level regularly with quick feet and a powerful frame that allows him to make defenders miss as well as run over them. A power back who runs in a crouched position with excellent pad level, dishing out a lot of punishment on tacklers while taking few direct hits. Cons: Marginal size drops his stock a little. He has good speed to break the long play, but lacks the extra gear to do it consistently. Despite impressive numbers, he has limited experience as a receiver, and will have to learn finer points of that role. Numbers: Last fall he became the second player in Big Ten history with at least 1,000 rushing and 500 receiving yards in a single season. As a junior, he rushed for 1636 yards on 348 carries for a fine 4.7 yards-per-carry average, with 22 TDs. In addition, he caught 53 passes for 571 yards and 2 TDs. At the Combine, he ran a 4.58 with a 31.5-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump and 18 reps in the lifting.