Tony Brooks-James

RB, Oregon

  • Conf Pac-12 - North
  • Jersey #20
  • Class RS Senior
  • HT 5'9''
  • DOB 12/06/2001
  • WT 175 lbs


    PROS: Speed demon who's a homerun threat on every touch. Eats up angles, through the tackles but especially when working to the boundary, and is very difficult for most third-level defenders to close on when he's working into the sideline. Has returner like feel for space and ability to burn. Contact balance impresses, especially for a player of such a thin frame. Has a nice feel for attacking defender's leverage and can angle body to bounce off. Feel for leverage and flow appears again as a zone runner: excels at diagnosing upfield cutback lanes and has the explosiveness to slip by unblocked read keys. Has stop-start suddenness to make pursuit defenders whiff. Profiles nicely to a high quantity of receiving reps; already used heavily on bubble screens and flare routes.

    CONS: Not yet a between-the-tackles runner given insufficient weight and instinct for space, not contact. Does not like to dole out hits and prefers to go down on his own terms. Poor weight leaves him a liability in pass protection and also limits his ability to drive and pick up dirty yardage through contact. Profiles best as a space player and change-of-pace back, though opportunity for a full season of starting could inspire more confidence. Will get a bit over-confident in elusive ability and accordingly dance in the backfield, losing yardage.