Commentary

Tough day for Choice against the Eagles

Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice didn't get much help in a subpar performance against Boston College, writes Steve Muench in his weekly Matchup Review.

Originally Published: September 17, 2007
By Steve Muench | Scouts Inc.
Matchups between two top prospects or a highly-rated individual and an outstanding unit on the other side of the ball always make a scout sit up in his chair and take notice. Such matchups have arguably the greatest impact on a players draft status, and here are five that caught my eye over the weekend:

Tashard Choice
Stanley Leary/US PRESSWIRE Choice was able to cut to daylight only occasionally against Boston College
Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice vs. the Boston College Run Defense
After starting the season with consecutive 100-yard rushing games, including a 196-yard effort against Notre Dame in the season opener, Choice picked up just 36 yards on 15 carries against the Eagles. The inability of the Georgia Tech offensive line to control the line of scrimmage against a Boston College front four that was without starters B.J. Raji and Nick Larkin played a big part in Choice’s struggles, and in fact Choice made crisp cuts and hit the hole quickly when he got a seam on Georgia Tech's opening drive. The problem is, one of Choice' biggest weaknesses became apparent as the game wore on and his lack of ideal lower-body strength showed up.
Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.