Terrance West RB Towson #28
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Size/Athleticism: Well built. A bowling ball type who can push the pile. Decent athleticism with a quick burst in tight spaces.
Vision: Tends to put his head down and run straight ahead too often, especially against stronger opponents. Could develop more patience to allow things the develop in front of him.
Power: A downhill runner who appears to not trust his speed. Tries to run people over on the inside even when there is the potential for a lane on the outside. Keeps his legs moving and rarely gets stuffed. Does a nice job pushing the pile to pick up something if a running lane isn’t there. Below average ball security for a power running back (five fumbles as a junior).
Speed/Agility: A one-cut runner with limited ability to make guys miss. He can cut once to avoid contact from a lineman in the backfield, but he lacks the change-of-direction ability to put together multiple moves to break free. Lacks the speed to turn the corner and break off chunks of yardage.
Passing Game: Limited experience catching the ball out of the backfield but appears to have fairly soft hands. Small hands and short arms. Doesn’t provide a big target for the quarterback. Shows some pop as a blocker but lacks the strength to sustain.
Intangibles: Took two years off from football after high school. Making rare early jump to pros from FCS, but it’s a logical jump considering his age (23) and family situation (has a young son).
Durability: Missed four games with knee injury in 2012. 838 touches over last three seasons.
Comments: West is a classic one-cut runner who can be a quality second option in an offense. However, he’s limited athletically and probably isn’t capable of carrying the load at the next level. He reminds me of Tim Hightower, who was a serviceable power runner for a few years but never develop the explosive ability to take his game to the next level.