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Dawan Moss

FB | (0-0, 235) | Michigan State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Started two games at fullback as a redshirt freshman in 1999, seven games at fullback in 2000 and seven games in '01 and nine games at tailback in '02. Started one game at tailback in 2000 and carried 15 times for 54 yards and a touchdown vs. Illinois. Carried 17-91-2 in 1999 and had one catch for minus-1 yard. In 2000, rushed 31-81-3 and caught 1-3. Carried 25-93-0 with one catch for 11 yards in '01. Dropped more than 25 pounds to play halfback and replace T.J. Duckett in '02. Moss played nine games before he was dismissed from the team in November for drinking and a reported felony arrest for fleeing and eluding a police officer. After pleading no contest, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail in January. Moss' attorney said his client has an alcohol problem and is in counseling. Rushed 125-592-4 in his abbreviated season, including a 26-carry, 191-yard game vs. Northwestern.

Positives: Solid build. Looks like a fullback but has average-plus speed, power and some suddenness to contribute as a featured back. Runs with good body lean and breaks tackles. If he puts the weight back on, can be a good lead blocker.

Negatives: Because he doesn't have the speed to play running back in the NFL, he must add enough weight to be considered as a fullback. Can struggle as a pass blocker and does not dominate at the point as a fullback. Is not a good receiver at his fullback weight, because he becomes stiff and robotic.

Summary: A powerfully built back, but he may not have the speed or skill for the job. As a fullback, Moss rarely broke tackles with his legs, got stalemated as a lead blocker and did not adjust to or catch the ball well.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.