Saturday, April 16, 2011

Matt Asiata SI Grade 2.01 Grading System

Position: RB
Class: 5Sr
School: Utah
Conference: Mountain West
HT: 5-11
WT: 229
40 Time: 4.77
Biography: Started seven games as a senior, posting 155/695/8. Junior totals included 330 yards rushing and four touchdowns, when he was limited to four games due to a knee injury. Posted career totals of 146/707/12 as a sophomore.

Positives: Strong interior runner who picks up difficult yardage. Keeps his feet driving up the field, shows the ability to break tackles, and picks up yardage off initial contact. Aggressively lays his shoulders into defenders and falls forward when tackled. Solid receiver who adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception away from his frame. Displays good vision picking up blitzes.

Negatives: Straight-line runner who loses momentum when he must quickly change direction. Slow getting through cutback lanes. Runs a bit tall, which leads to a lot of heavy hits. Must works harder to finish blocks.

Analysis: Asiata is an adequate inside running prospect for the next level with limited upside. He's a potential third back for a power running offense.

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