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Tom Lopienski

FB | (5-11, 246, 4.8) | Notre Dame
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played basketball and ran track in high school. Redshirted in 1998. Played in every game in '99, 2000 and '01. Started four games in 1999, five in 2000 and nine in '01. Carried 25 times for 76 yards and caught three passes for 13 yards in 1999. Carried 9-18 and caught 5-79 and one touchdown in 2000. Rushed 10-63 and caught 2-17 in '01. Started 10-of-12 games in '02 and carried 20-48-1 with three catches for 31 yards. Chose not to run the 40 at the Scouting Combine.

Positives: Has fullback weight, can catch and block and is a hardnosed, blue-collar guy. Was a top weight man and sprinter in high school and continues to work in weight room. Likes to get special-teams work and studies the game. Wants to block.

Negatives: Isn't very flexible, lacks acceleration and doesn't adjust well off-line. Won't make you miss in the open field and doesn't roll his hips or knock people out.

Summary: Reminds people of Marc Edwards. Will have to be a pure blocking back in the NFL.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.