Chris Perry and Fred Russell Combine Notes. <br><br> Running backs have been center of attention…
Hawkeye running back to turn Pro
"It was a tough decision because I've got some records in front of me I can break," Russell told the Daily Iowan "but I'm about to graduate, and I'm ready for the next step of my life."
Russell played three games as true freshman before a collarbone injury cut short his season against Nebraska. He had a good chance to apply for another season.
Russell is hoping to play in the Hula Bowl this January in Hawaii. He added that he believes NFL teams see him as a "change of pace" back and said he could go as high as the second round.
TFY Draft Preview Analysis: While Russell is right that he will be viewed as a "change of pace back" that is where it ends. A lack of size limits his to be anything other than a third down runner but then again, Russell's never displayed himself to be a receiver out of the backfield (six career receptions; one in 2002). Russell has returned kicks in the past and must do so if he is going to make a team next September. Right now, we project him as a fifth, possibly fourth round choice. Then again, that might not have improved much with another year in school.
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