PowerBack Terrance West ~ Towson Tigers
I've come to believe that any HalfBack that doesn't bring a Passing Game element to the BattleField is...incomplete.
Hence, the term "FlexBack" ~ although quite cool, I believe!! ~ short-circuits the Evaluation Process.
As to how I break them down, I expect that the terms are pretty self-explanatory:
PowerBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work between the Tackles..
SpeedBacks ~ HalfBacks who do their best Work outside the Tackles.
The PowerBack prototype would be about 5115/220 or so.
The SpeedBack prototype would be about 5010/200 or so.
Those are gross oversimplifications, of course, and many HalfBacks will manifest Attributes of both styles. Indeed, Power and Speed ~ better yet: Agility ~ are crucial to the Success of either kind of HalfBack. But I believe that it advances the discussion and better serves my Fellow FootBall Fanatics if I make an effort to distinguish between types.
This is how I break things down, when evaluating all HalfBacks:
Power: Above all: Core Power. Upper body Power is important, but lower body Power, from the Knees to the Ribs, is absolutely crucial. An HalfBack's Capacity to break Tackles is more about Core Power than anything else.
Agility: Launch Velocity, Fluidity, Acceleration, and Ricochet. Long Speed is all well and good, but at the end of the day, it is Gravy. What wins Championships is Moving The Chains. And Moving The Chains is accomplished far more consistently by the guys who exhibit the Agility ~ and the Focus ~ to consistently pick up 5 and sometimes 10 Yards at a time.
Processing Speed: Diagnostic Velocity. Field Vision. That ethereal Capacity to Rapidly Read & React to the Rapidly Roiling & Boiling Tactical LandScape...and to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
Blocking: Having an HalfBack who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle. Most HalfBacks just coming out'f College are mediocre Blockers, but this is a crucial Aspect of the Game that they'll need to master.
Receiving: Whether he be a PowerBack or a SpeedBack, an HalfBack that can effectively present a genuine Threat in the Passing Game dramatically increases his Team's Options on any given Play. The more dynamic the Threat, the more valuable to'is Team on the Field of Battle, whether he's just slipping out'f the BackField or splitting out Wide.
Broken down into SubCategories, it'd go something like this:
* Core Power is most of it. Tyrannosaurus Rex would've made an Hell of an HalfBack.
* Torso Power doesn't hurt, though.
* Launch Velocity
* Long Speed
* That ethereal Capacity to foresee and envision Lanes developing before they actually do.
* Combat Skills
* Processing Speed
* Catch Point Capacity
Agility ~ Adequate. Moderate Acceleration to the Hole and Ricochet out'f'is Breaks. Impressive Fluidity.
Processing Speed ~ Exceptional. The best Aspect of his Game, and the most crucial. Impressive Field Vision & Patience.
Blocking ~ Mediocre. Solid Motor and adequate Power, but his Processing Speed under Fire is suspect.
Receiving ~ Mediocre, but Flashed, here and there. Raw Route Running, but intriguing Field Vision.
Both his Blocking and his Route Running are raw, which is of course to be expected.
What I love best about his Game is his exceptional Field Vision, which I consider the most crucial trait in any HalfBack.
Combined with his impressive Fluidity, I expect West to quickly become an effective and reliable Mover of Chains.
However, until his Blocking and Receiving develop to a level of reliability, I believe he'll be strictly a Running Down Back.
He had an impressive "40" Time for a 225 Pounder which, along with his monstrous Statistics, has driven his Stock a bit higher than I can justify at this point. I would append, however, that if he develops the rest of his Game ~ and his Field Vision suggests that he has at the very least the Intelligence to master the Concepts ~ it would be quite realistic to conceive that he will eventually pay back the Investment handily. I believe one must allow that he won't, is all
Currently, I would grade him as a Collaborator ~ part of a Committee, if you will.
But there's definitely the Potential for Bell Cow Status.
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