Raiders Take WR Darrius Heyward-Bey in Round One
Saturday, April 25 2009 @ 03:21 PM CDT
Contributed by: AllyOop
Contributed by: AllyOop
"Darrius Heyward-Bey has a nice ring to it but DHB is not bad. It's quick, it's fast, I think people will catch on pretty fast to that." - Darrius Heyward-Bey
By far the fastest player in school history, Heyward-Bey set the Terps record with a 4.23 clocking in the 40-yard dash during 2006 preseason drills
"You can't get better character ... His roots are grounded, his personality set. ... He's one of the best [people] I've ever been around." - Dom D'Amico, Football Coach at McDonogh HS
"I have seen guys I've known who made bad decisions. I am always surrounding myself with good people. That's a big deal with [NFL] teams. We're on the same page there." - Darrius Heyward-Bey
Exceptional straight-line speed. Opponents must account for his deep speed on every play. Too fast off the snap for most defenders to challenge him in press coverage. Long, lean athlete with long arms and strong hands. Has the agility to make plays in space. Reads the field and can follow his blocks to generate yards after the catch. Can snatch the ball out of the air. Learning to better use his height as an advantage. Good leaping ability and has become more consistent in timing his leaps
Bit of a one trick pony at this time. Might be the draft's most dangerous vertical threat, but offers little else. Long-legged and struggles to generate consistent separation out of his cuts. Not as consistently effective on jump balls as he should be, considering his natural size advantage. Too often double-clutches the ball. Questionable toughness running across the middle. Lacks strength and consistent effort as a downfield blocker.
An honorable mention All-ACC choice by AP/ACSMA ... started all 12 games he appeared in ... led the team and ranked ninth in the ACC in receiving yards (50.8 ypg) ... among the nation's leaders (FBS) in rushing by a wide receiver with a career-high 202 yards ... second on the team with six touchdowns (five receiving, one rushing) and third in all-purpose yards (69.9 ypg) ... had two plays of 75 yards or longer ... his 609 receiving yards rank 18th on the Maryland single-season list ... a preseason honorable mention All-America choice by The Sporting News ... 16th-ranked receiver in the nation by Lindy's in the preseason ... a preseason second team All-ACC choice by Athlon and Lindy's ... member of the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award and Maxwell Award ... member of the Terrapin Council, the team's leadership committee ... named the team's offensive MVP ... caught four passes for 70 yards vs. Delaware (8/30) ... also scored on a 12-yard run against the Blue Hens for his second career rushing touchdown ... took a catch and run from QB Chris Turner 80 yards for a touchdown against MTSU (9/6) to account for the team's longest play of the season and the second-longest play of his career ... snared two catches for a team-high 59 yards vs. Cal (9/13), including a 27-yard touchdown reception from Turner in the third quarter ... rushed for a career-high 81 yards on a pair of reverses and also snared a 32-yard TD reception from Turner in the second quarter against Eastern Michigan (9/20) ... broke loose for a career-long 76-yard run on a reverse play during the third quarter at Clemson, setting up the Terps' first touchdown ... play was the longest run given up by the Clemson defense since 2000 and longest run by a Maryland player since 2003 ... recorded a career-high 11 receptions for a season-high 101 yards and a 9-yard TD reception vs. Wake Forest (10/18) ... that reception total tied for the sixth-highest in school history ... caught two balls for 28 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards vs. NC State (10/25) ... notched five receptions for 92 yards, including a 63-yard TD reception at Virginia Tech (11/6) ... that reception tied for the third-longest play by the Maryland offense this season (Heyward-Bey accounted for three of those four plays) ... recorded five receptions for 43 yards vs. North Carolina (11/15), becoming the third Maryland player to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards in the process ... snared three receptions for 22 yards and rushed twice for 11 yards vs. Florida State (11/22) ... missed the first game of his career at Boston College (11/29) due to a leg injury ... posted four receptions for 48 yards vs. Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl (12/30).
An honorable mention All-America choice at wide receiver by Pro Football Weekly ... led the team in receptions (51) and receiving yards (786) ... ranked ninth in the ACC in receiving yards per game (60.5) ... fourth-leading rusher on the team (107 yards) ... his 51 receptions tied for 10th on Maryland's all-time single-season list, while his 786 receiving yards are seventh ... had 21 receptions over the final four regular-season games ... started all 13 games ... one of three offensive players (also Dane Randolph and Edwin Williams) to start each game ... earned the team's most valuable offensive player award ... member of the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award ... (vs. Villanova) ... consensus preseason all-conference choice ... a preseason first-team All-ACC selection by Athlon, Lindy's and The Sporting News ... caught a season-high six passes for 81 yards ... (vs. FIU) ... led the team in receiving with four catches for 48 yards ... long catch was for 24 yards ... (vs. WVU) ... had three catches for 56 yards ... (vs. WF) ... took a hand-off on a reverse in the third quarter and ran a season-long 54 yards down the sidelines ... also had one catch for 12 yards ... (vs. Rutgers) ... caught five passes for 61 yards ... scored his first touchdown of the year on a 15 yard catch and run in the second quarter ... (vs. GT) ... led the team with four catches for a season-high 109 yards, including one for 47 yards ... it was the third time in his career he had surpassed 100 yards receiving in a game ... (vs. UVA) ... led the team with four catches and 52 receiving yards ... (vs. Clemson) ... started but did not record any stats ... snapped a streak of 19 consecutive games with a catch ... (vs. UNC) ... led the team with five catches for 64 yards ... (vs. BC) ... totaled a season-high 112 all-purpose yards ... caught five passes for 75 yards receiving and scored on a 37-yard run off a reverse ... (vs. FSU) ... led the team with five catches for 82 yards ... caught a 14-yard slant pass in the third quarter for his second touchdown of the season ... (vs. NCSU) ... matched a season-high with six catches ... had 47 receiving yards ... (vs. OSU, Emerald Bowl) ... had three receptions for 99 yards, his second-highest total of the season ... hauled in a 63-yard touchdown reception from Chris Turner at the end of the first quarter ... that catch was the second-longest by a Terp in a bowl game ... his 99 receiving yards rank fourth on the Maryland single-game bowl list.
Redshirt Freshman. Emerged as one of the top young players in the ACC, earning a number of postseason honors, including first-team freshman All-America by The Sporting News and Rivals.com ... also a second team All-ACC honoree at wide receiver ... collected first-team All-Freshman ACC by The Sporting News ... played in all 13 games, including 10 starts ... led the team in receptions (45) and posted a Terps' freshman record 694 receiving yards ... the receiving yards rank No. 9 on the Maryland all-time single-season list and No. 3 on the ACC all-time freshman single-season chart ... the receptions are tied for 17th on the Terps all-time single-season chart and tied for No. 7 on the conference freshman single-season list ... also hauled in a team-high five TD passes (tied for 15th on the Maryland single-season list) ... shattered the school record for longest play with his 96-yard touchdown catch from Sam Hollenbach vs. Miami ... ranked fifth in the ACC (No. 99 nationally) in receiving yards per game (53.4) and ninth in receptions per game (3.5) ... had two 100-yard receiving games on the season ... earned the team's freshman of the year award ... (vs. W&M) ... saw first career game action ... (vs. MT) ... made his first career reception, a 19-yard gain ... the catch came on a screen which he turned upfield for a first down ... (vs. WVU) ... caught a season-high five passes for 49 yards ... (vs. FIU) ... earned his first career start and notched four catches for a team-high 35 yards ... (vs. GT) ... matched his season-best with five receptions for 111 yards, nearly equaling his season total to date (113) ... streaked down the left sideline for 57 yards before being tackled at the GT 6-yard line inside the two-minute mark in the fourth quarter ... (vs. UVA) ... caught a season-high tying five passes for 39 yards ... (vs. NCSU) ... caught two passes for 36 yards ... (vs. FSU) ... caught the first two touchdown passes of his career with 57 yards receiving on three catches ... the first score was a 5-yarder that was set up by his 22-yard catch on the same drive ... later in the game he raced 30 yards for the game-deciding score ... (vs. Clemson) ... caught four passes for 18 yards ... (vs. Miami) ... provided the spark in the offense, with a season-high tying five catches and a career-best 175 yards ... had two TDs (65 and 96 yards) ... the latter was the longest in school history, eclipsing a 92-yarder by Ed Bolton from Stan Levine (vs. South Carolina, 1949) ... (vs. BC) ... caught four passes for 37 yards ... (vs. WF) ... recorded three receptions for 37 yards ... (vs. PU, Champs Sports Bowl) ... recorded four receptions for 81 yards, including a 46-yard TD catch from Sam Hollenbach on a perfectly thrown ball over his shoulder.
A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter ... played wide receiver and outside linebacker ... had 47 receptions for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns as senior and 40 for 802 yards and 12 TDs as a junior ... consensus first team all-state as a senior ... a PrepStar All-American ... a SuperPrep All-American who was ranked 17th nationally at his position by that publication ... listed as the 23rd-best wide receiver in the nation by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming ... a four-star player by Rivals.com who was picked as the fourth-best player overall in the state of Maryland and the 12th-best wide receiver in the country ... an all-area and all-conference selection as a junior ... a first team All-America in the indoor 60 meters ... was fifth at nationals as a junior as well as MIAA champ in the 100 and 200 meters ... timed at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the Nike combine at the University of Virginia ... ran a 6.35 in the 55-meter dash in January, 2005 ... also posted a 40-inch vertical jump as a prep ... also recruited by Boston College, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Michigan State, among others ... coached by Dominic Damico.
Born Feb. 26, 1987 ... mother is Vivian Heyward-Bey ... majoring in American studies ... hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting.
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