NAME: Matt Colburn II
SCHOOL: Wake Forest
POSITION: Running Back
JERSEY: No. 22
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 200 lbs
Colburn has displayed steady improvement since stepping foot on campus and it has led to an expanding role on Wake Forest’s offense. Coming off a third consecutive season where he increases his production in every statistical category, Colburn is expected to be the focal point of the Demon Deacons backfield in 2018 as a senior.
Colburn isn’t the biggest back but he is a compact runner that is slippery for tacklers to get their hands on. He has good vision and knows how to get skinny and break through gaps. He is twitchy in space and offers an impressive second gear. Capable of pressing the line of scrimmage or working outside the tackles, Colburn has the elusiveness and flexibility to turn tight corners. Colburn enters his senior season amid a streak of 340 consecutive carries without a fumble.
A three-down weapon, Colburn offers good hands and the physical traits needed to create separation as a route runner. Wake frequently lined him up in the slot and gave him opportunities to win as a receiver.
While Colburn is a competitive runner, he isn’t going to be confused for a powerful runner. His yardage after contact generally comes as a result of his wiggle and balance. And even though he is elusive, he isn’t overly dynamic in terms of creativity to make things happen in space as expected for a back of his style.
Racking up 721 rushing yards and five touchdowns over final seven games to close out the 2017 season, Colburn is primed for a productive final season in Winston-Salem.