Darrius Heyward-Bey Stats Scouting Report
Sports Xchange Scouting Report
OVERVIEW:By far the fastest player in school history, Heyward-Bey set the Terps record with a 4.23 clocking in the 40-yard dash during 2006 preseason drills. Always known for his blazing speed, he added a new wrinkle to his game the last two seasons, proving to be a dangerous threat on the reverse or when operating out of the backfield as a slot back.
Even though Maryland struggled at the quarterback position and failed to find another big-play receiver to prevent Heyward-Bey from receiving the constant double coverage he experienced throughout his career, he left his mark in the school record books in only three seasons. Even though he never returned a kick or punt, his 2,403 all-purpose yards rank 17th in school annals.
Heyward-Bey's 138 receptions rank third on Maryland's career record chart. His 2,089 yards receiving placed him second in school annals. He also tied for third on the all-time list with 13 touchdown grabs and is tied for sixth with four 100-yard receiving games. The team's third-leading rusher as a junior, he would amass 314 yards with a pair of scores on 25 carries, averaging 12.56 yards per rushing attempt and 14.74 yards on the 163 times he touched the ball. Proving to be the team's money receiver, he generated 228 receiving yards in three bowl appearances.
At McDonogh High School, Heyward-Bey was a standout in football and track. On the gridiron, he earned three letters, starting in each of his final two seasons at receiver and outside linebacker. The consensus All-State selection added Prep Star and Super Prep All-American honors, as Super Prep rated him the 17th-best receiver in the nation. Tom Lemming of ESPN rated him the prep ranks' 23rd-best receiver.
Heyward-Bey received a four-star rating from Rivals.com, as that recruiting service picked him as the fourth-best prospect in the state of Maryland. He added All-Conference and All-Area accolades as a junior and senior. In his final campaign, he had 47 receptions for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns. The previous season, he made 40 catches for 802 yards and 12 scores.
In track, Heyward-Bey received first-team All-American accolades in the indoor 60 meters. He finished fifth at the nationals as a junior as well winning the MIAA championship in the 100 and 200 meters. He was timed at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the Nike combine at the University of Virginia and ran a 6.35 in the 55-meter dash in January 2005. He also posted a 40-inch vertical jump at McDonogh High.
Heyward-Bey bypassed scholarship offers from Boston College, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Michigan State to enroll at Maryland in 2005. After red-shirting that year, he made a huge impact in 2006, starting 10 of 13 games on the way to earning Freshman All-American honors. He led the team with 45 receptions and set the school freshman single-season record with 694 yards receiving (15.4 avg), scoring five times.
Despite constant double coverage, Heyward-Bey again led the team with 51 receptions for 786 yards (15.4 avg) and three touchdowns as a sophomore. He was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention, as he ranked ninth in the league with an average of 60.5 yards per game receiving. He also tallied 107 yards with a score on just five carries (21.4 avg). His 51 catches placed 10th on the school's single-season record list.
Heyward-Bey was again named All-ACC honorable mention in 2008. The team's continued struggles at quarterback saw the junior receiver be used more often out of the backfield as a runner. For the third consecutive season, he led the Terps with 41 catches for 609 yards (14.5 avg) that included five touchdowns. He carried 13 times, totaling 202 yards with a score, averaging 13.5 yards per rushing attempt and 14.23 yards each time he touched the ball.
After his junior campaign, Heyward-Bey decided it was time to join the NFL ranks, forgoing his senior season to enter the 2009 draft. "After the bowl game I sat down with my mom, my aunt and coach (Ralph) Friedgen to explore my options and felt like the time is right to take my game to the next level," Heyward-Bey said.
"It was a very difficult decision. I love the University of Maryland and everything people have done for me the last four years. Not only the coaches, but also the players and support staff. It was a great experience. I want to thank the student body, the fans and Coach Friedgen for their support and allowing me this opportunity. I look forward to always being a Terp."
ANALYSIS:Positives: Exceptional straight-line speed. Opponents must account for his deep speed on every play. Too fast off the snap for most defenders to challenge him in press coverage. Long, lean athlete with long arms and strong hands. Has the agility to make plays in space. Reads the field and can follow his blocks to generate yards after the catch. Can snatch the ball out of the air. Learning to better use his height as an advantage. Good leaping ability and has become more consistent in timing his leaps.
Negatives: Bit of a one trick pony at this time. Might be the draft's most dangerous vertical threat, but offers little else. Long-legged and struggles to generate consistent separation out of his cuts. Not as consistently effective on jump balls as he should be, considering his natural size advantage. Too often double-clutches the ball. Questionable toughness running across the middle. Lacks strength and consistent effort as a downfield blocker.
INJURY REPORT:2006: Sat out the fourth quarter of the Boston College game (11/18) due to a concussion.
2007: Limited in fall camp by an ankle sprain.
2008: Did not play vs. Boston College (11/29) due to a leg contusion.
CAREER NOTES:Heyward-Bey's 138 receptions rank third in school history behind Jermaine Lewis (193, 1992-95) and Geroy Simon (185, 1993-96)...His 2,089 yards receiving marked just the third time a Terrapin gained more than 2,000 yards in a career, joining Lewis (2,932 yards) and Simon (2,059)...Hauled in 13 of those passes for touchdowns, tying Guilian Gary (1998-2001) for third on the school all-time record list, topped by Lewis (21) and Greg Hill (18, 1982-84)...Caught 51 passes as a sophomore (2007), tying Vernon Davis (2005), Allen Williams (1994) and Greg Hill (1984) for 10th on the Terps' single-season record list...His 786 yards gained receiving in 2007 rank seventh and his 694 yards in 2006 rank ninth on the school single-season record list...His 2006 yardage total of 694 yards also established a new freshman single-season record...Caught 11 passes vs. Wake Forest in 2006, tying Lewis (vs. North Carolina State, 1995), Williams (vs. Syracuse, 1994), Simon (vs. West Virginia, 1994), Marcus Badgett (vs. both Wake Forest and Pittsburgh, 1992) and John Tice (vs. Clemson, 1982) for sixth on the Maryland single-game record chart...His 96-yard touchdown reception vs. Miami in 2006 was the longest reception by an NCAA player that year and set a school record, topping the previous long grab of 80 yards by Danny Melendez vs. North Carolina in 2005...Among active Atlantic Coast Conference players, Heyward-Bey's 138 receptions rank sixth, while his 2,089 yards receiving and 15.14-yards per catch average both rank fifth.
AGILITY TESTS:Combine: 4.25 in the 40-yard dash...1.44 10-yard dash...2.5 20-yard dash...4.18 20-yard shuttle... 6.8 three-cone drill...38.5-inch vertical jump...10'6" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times.
HIGH SCHOOL:Attended McDonogh (Silver Spring, Md.) High School, playing football for head coach Dominic Damico, earning three letters as he started in each of his final two seasons at both receiver and outside linebacker...Consensus All-State selection...Added Prep Star and Super Prep All-American honors, as Super Prep rated him the 17th-best receiver in the nation. Tom Lemming of ESPN rated him the prep ranks' 23rd-best receiver...Received a four-star rating from Rivals.com, as that recruiting service picked him as the fourth-best prospect in the state of Maryland...Added All-Conference and All-Area accolades as a junior and senior...In his final campaign, he had 47 receptions for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns...The previous season, he made 40 catches for 802 yards and 12 scores...In track, Heyward-Bey received first-team All-American accolades in the indoor 60 meters...Finished fifth at the nationals as a junior as well winning the MIAA championship in the 100 and 200 meters...Timed at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the Nike combine at the University of Virginia and ran a 6.35 in the 55-meter dash in January, 2005...Also posted a 40-inch vertical jump at McDonogh High.