However, isn't real laterally gifted or sudden in any area of the game. Looks a bit tight hipped and struggles to break down and make defenders miss. More of a linear runner, possesses decent footwork in tighter areas picking his way through traffic, but gets upright and narrow-framed in the open field and isn't much of a threat to take it the distance.
Lacks a second gear to his game and runs too upright to consistently maintain his balance to break a tackle or side step a tackler. However, he does run hard, likes to finish runs and pump his legs through contact. But again, needs to do a better job dropping his pad level in order to protect his frame.
Isn't real impressive in blitz pick-up, is slow to react, lacks great technique/power on contact and isn't a guy you can consistently trust on third down.
Impression: Isn't real special in any area of the game + doesn't have enough NFL qualities to make an NFL roster."
Positive: Quick elusive ball carrier that catches the ball well out of the backfield. Displays good vision, quickly finds the hole, and gets through the small creases of the defense. Patient, waits for blocks to develop, and does a good job using them all over the field. Consistently runs North-South. Shows the ability turn the corner. Extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame.
Negative: Not a strong ball carrier who breaks tackles or picks up much yardage off initial contact. Lacks the ability to beat defenders into the open field and run to daylight.
Analysis: Wide was a solid ball carrier for Utah but has no distinguishing single skill to his game. Projects to the next level as a third-down/rotational back."
2009-First-team all-MWC ... played in all 13 games, starting eight ... a backup for the first three games (when he rushed just 16 times for 67 yards), he went on to finish second in the MWC with 1,069 yards and an 82.2 yard-per-game average ... averaged 5.3 yards per carry ... led all rushers in conference play, averaging 104.5 yards per game ... as Utah's No. 1 running back, he averaged 100.2 yards per game in the last 10 games ... 1,069 net yards ranks eighth in school history and marks the 11th time (by 10 players) that a Ute has rushed for 1,000 yards in a season ... set the school record for consecutive 100-yard games with six ... record-setting sixth-consecutive 100-yard game came on a career-high 145 yards vs. New Mexico ... seven total 100-yard rushing games is tied for the third-most in a season at Utah ... 100-yard games came against Louisville (129), Colorado State (101), UNLV (111), Air Force (121), Wyoming (135), New Mexico (145) and BYU (114) ... led the MWC with 13 total touchdowns (12 rushing, one receiving) ... MWC Player of the Week for 135-yard (1 TD) game against Wyoming ... two rushing touchdowns against Air Force, New Mexico and San Diego State ... long run of 37 yards went for a touchdown against UNLV ... finished seventh in the MWC in all-purpose yards (94.1 ypg) ... 17 receptions for 154 yards and 1 TD ... best receiving game was against Cal in the Poinsettia Bowl, when he caught four passes for 83 yards for a 20.8-yard average.
2008-Appeared in 13 games and started four ... rushed 30 times for 183 yards (6.1 average) ... gained a season-high 69 yards on nine carries at Utah State ... five carries for 34 yards against Weber State ... 35 yards on three carries against Colorado State ... also played on special teams and made six tackles ... two tackles and a TFL against Air Force.
2007-Played in 12 games as a true freshman ... rushed 19 times for 44 yards ... 10 carries for 28 yards against Wyoming ... also played on special teams and had six total tackles ... Academic all-MWC ... made the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: All-state running back ... all-region running back and defensive back ... Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Nevada ... Cimarron Memorial High School (Nev.) team captain ... as a senior in 2006, rushed 202 times for 1,743 yards (8.6 average) and 23 touchdowns, and totaled 31 tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery ... rated the No. 5 player in the state of Nevada by Rivals.com.
PERSONAL: Son of Eddie Wide, Jr. ... father played football for UNLV ... three sisters ... sociology major ... full name is Eddie Lee Wide III ... born Nov. 19, 1988.
Strengths: A patient back who runs behind his pads well. Runs with a good forward lean, breaking arm tackles and get some yards after contact. Has good vision to find the hole. Re-directs well at the LOS and has some COD skill to make defenders miss in the open field. Not a lot of wasted motion in his runs. Soft hands as a receiver, and a very competent receiver out of the backfield.
Weaknesses: Doesn't possess the elite explosiveness to break off long runs. A jack of all trades, master of none type of player. Lacks the size and strength to consistently break tackles. Could use to improve as a blocker, as he will be late to pick up blitzes.
Projection: UDFA who'll need to make his mark on special teams to play at the next level."