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    So who needs a running back? Clones?

    Bill Callahan and McCarney never considered this fellow who is bigger at 5-8 200 pounds than Troy Davis and has as big a heart and will most likely be the all time rushing leader in college history at little Chadron. He definitely can play D-1 ball but no one knocked on his door. it was a big story back then when Callahan came in and did not offer. The other big runner from Millard North back then was qb Adam Shada and he became the infamous cornberback at Iowa. Point is both players cvould have been D-1, had a lot of followerrs, were smart students, and hard workers, and yet no one we know rang their doorbell. Now we wish we had. Both were quality men.

    Woodhead a 'freaky good' running back
    BY DIRK CHATELAIN


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    This is a story about Danny Woodhead.
    Danny Woodhead could become the first player in NCAA history to surpass 8,000 yards or 100 touchdowns.
    Wait.
    Fight the urge to stop reading.
    We know. Woodhead is a junior at Chadron State, and who pays attention to a Division II school in the Nebraska Panhandle with a 5-foot-8 All-American running back?
    Just read what Mike Kramer says.
    "I'm just going to tell you right now: If he was at Nebraska, he'd be the starting tailback," Kramer said. "Don't even try to say that's not possible. We'll never prove it; it's just my opinion. I know it doesn't mean a hill of beans in Omaha, Nebraska, but if he was on their roster, he'd be the starting tailback."
    Kramer is the head football coach at Division I-AA Montana State. His team shocked Colorado in September, then got blown out by Chadron State a week later. Woodhead ran for 215 yards on Kramer's Bobcats, 109 more than Colorado's entire offense.
    Conventional wisdom suggests Danny Woodhead, who didn't even receive a Division I scholarship offer, couldn't carry water bottles at Memorial Stadium. Conventional wisdom doesn't have to tackle him.
    "I'm not just jumping on the wagon now," Kramer continued. "This kid's been doing this for a long time. I've been around. I've seen a lot of players. This guy is freaky. He's freaky good.
    "What he's accomplishing right now, in the realm of college football, is going to stand in the record books for a heck of a long time."
    Woodhead is on pace - you ready for this? - to rush for more yards than anybody who's ever played NCAA football at any level.
    In just 29 career games, Woodhead has rushed for 5,694 yards, an average of 196 yards per game. He has scored 69 touchdowns. This fall, he's accumulated 2,085 yards, 235 yards per game, 8.6 yards per carry.
    If Woodhead maintains his 2006 pace, he will break the all-time Division II rushing record in the fourth game of 2007. By the fifth game, he will break the all-time rushing record for any NCAA school.
    Woodhead could become the first player in NCAA history to surpass 8,000 yards or 100 touchdowns.
    Eye-popping numbers are not new for Woodhead.
    He's the Nebraska high school Class A all-time leading rusher. He led Class A basketball with 26 points a game in 2004. He led his soccer team in scoring. He ran the 100 meters in 10.5 seconds and won the indoor 55 meters at last spring's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference track meet.
    But there's an asterisk tethered to Woodhead. Always has been.
    He's 5-foor-8 and 200 pounds and he's from western Nebraska, and so the following question is a blemish on his success: Against whom has he played?
    "They're going to say, yeah, he got 50 million yards against the RMAC or D-II competition, but could he have done that at Michigan?" Nebraska-Kearney coach Darrell Morris said.
    We'll never know.
    "OK, here's the best running back in Division II and he's going to be the all-time leading rusher and he may win the Harlon Hill and he's from North Platte, Nebraska," said Wayne State coach Dan McLaughlin. "Why is he not playing on Saturdays at Memorial Stadium? That's the question everybody in the state is asking. I get asked that all the time. I can't answer that.
    "Where should he be? We'll argue that on bar stools the next 30 years."
    McLaughlin watched Woodhead run for 324 yards against his Wildcats in September. He's the former Nebraska graduate assistant who recruited - well, sort of - Woodhead. He's the former Millard West coach who beat Woodhead and North Platte for the 2001 Class A state title.
    "I think the best thing about him is his balance," McLaughlin said. "He's got great feet. He's just so hard to knock off his feet. He's short. He's little. So you never get a good shot on him.
    "His legs are like tree trunks. I think his inseam is about 21 inches. He's just a little kid. But my gosh are his legs big and strong . . . wow. You combine that with great speed and great balance, he's just darn hard to get on the ground."
    Woodhead remembers his freshman year at Chadron State, 2004. He wasn't even sure he belonged until he ran for 306 yards in his third game. He led the nation with 1,840 yards for a 7-3 team. The next fall ushered in similar numbers.
    This fall, Woodhead and Chadron State, Division II's No. 9-ranked team heading into Saturday, burst into another dimension. In the five games since his Wayne State explosion, Woodhead has surpassed 273 yards three times for the undefeated Eagles. He breaks two or three long touchdown runs a game. The shorter runs, though, most impress Chadron State coach Bill O'Boyle.
    Twice this season, Woodhead has bolted toward the left sideline, jumped from near the 5-yard line, switched the ball from left arm to right in mid-air and clipped the pylon for a touchdown.
    O'Boyle said Woodhead has a burst like Barry Sanders, but their games aren't the same.
    "He's different than Barry Sanders," said Kramer, the coach at Big Sky powerhouse MSU. "Barry Sanders was more lateral, and then would go vertical. Danny's vertical, and he'll go lateral if he has to. He's way faster than you think he is."
    Kramer has coached in the Northwest for 20 years. His Bobcats defense faced Washington State's 1985 consensus All-America tailback Reuben Mayes, who went on to be a Pro-Bowler with the New Orleans Saints. Woodhead's better, Kramer said.
    Every Sunday morning, Kramer checks the Internet to see how many yards Woodhead got the day before.
    "Danny Woodhead's as good as any player I've ever seen in terms of his physical conditioning and his mental toughness and his ability to be there at the end of 60 minutes," Kramer said. "That's what makes him special. From play one, to play 147, he's going."
    Division II coaches agree Woodhead could perform in Division I; he reminds them of former Kansas State back Darren Sproles. But three years ago, nobody was so certain. Woodhead was 180 pounds. Could he run between the tackles? Could he pass-block?
    It was the fall of 2003, Frank Solich's last in Lincoln. McLaughlin had started work as a graduate assistant. He said there's a "herd mentality" in recruiting. If you're Nebraska, and lesser programs like Colorado State and Wyoming and Kansas State don't court a kid, you start to wonder what's wrong with him.
    "One of the questions you ask is who else is recruiting you?" McLaughlin said. "You want (the player) to be recruited by the so-called 'right people.'"
    Bill Callahan arrived in January and added Brandon Jackson, among others, to his first class. Not Woodhead, though.
    McLaughlin isn't convinced NU made a mistake. Would Randy Jordan, NU I-backs coach, trade Marlon Lucky for Woodhead? Probably not, McLaughlin said.
    Woodhead opted for Chadron State - his parents' alma mater - where his brother was playing receiver.
    "The rule of thumb is that a good big man is better than a good little man," McLaughlin said. "In his case, I don't know if that's necessarily fact. But if recruiters are comparing two kids, same speed, same vision, they're going to take the bigger kid. That's just the way it is.
    "He fell through the cracks and Bill O'Boyle thanks the lord every morning when he wakes up."
    Woodhead's rushing numbers sometimes catch his attention, but he downplays them.
    "Maybe when I'm older I'll be able to look back on it and be like, 'Wow, that was a lot of yards,' but right now I'm just having fun playing the game. I don't think much about that stuff. I still feel like a little kid out there."
    He hears people say he couldn't play Division I. Too small. Too slow.
    "The way I look at it, I know what my abilities are," Woodhead said. "People can speculate and say, 'what if, what if,' but I know what I'm capable of."
    He'll likely get a chance sooner or later to compete against the best. Philadelphia Eagles standout running back Brian Westbrook played at Villanova, a Division I-AA school. He's 5-8. Dave Meggett, a 5-7 return specialist for the New York Giants in the early 1990s, and a Pro-Bowler with New England in 1996, came from I-AA Towson. Maybe Woodhead can make a similar jump.
    He may have to return punts or kickoffs. Or he may have to hope that someone out there sees a record book, gets curious and calls Mike Kramer.
    "I'm pretty confident that if he were lining up at any school in the United States of America, flat out, they'd somehow try to get that guy on the field." .


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    Re: So who needs a running back? Clones?

    WOW! I wish we would have recruited him!



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    Re: So who needs a running back? Clones?

    And it was not a fish story:
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    Re: So who needs a running back? Clones?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    WOW! I wish we would have recruited him!

    I wonder though, with out Offensive line, would it have really mattered? Sounds like the guy is really great, but, one man can only do so much.



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    Re: So who needs a running back? Clones?

    He would be an upgrade where we sit now and he could have been obtained with a phonecall.


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