Draft Profile – RB Terrance Ganaway


TERRANCE GANAWAY/RUNNING BACK

Personal

Terrance Omar Ganaway

Born – October 7, 1988 in New Boston, Texas.

Family – Parents were Charlotte Mae and Joe Ganaway. Charlotte passed away from cancer during his freshman season at the University of Houston (2007). Uncle is NFL veteran LB Jeremiah Trotter.

Physical

  • Height – 5-feet, 11½ inches.
  • Weight – 239 pounds.
  • Arm – 31¾ inches.
  • Hand – 9¼ inches.
  • Wingspan – 75½.

NFL Scouting Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.67 seconds.
  • Vertical jump – 37½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 11 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 7.15 seconds.
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.25 seconds.

Hometown

DeKalb, Texas is a town of approximately 1,700 people in Bowie County in the far northeast corner of the state. It’s just a few miles from the point where the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas meet, not far from Texarkana, Texas. A native son of DeKalb is one of the former stars of the TV show Bonanza, Dan “Hoss” Blocker. It was near DeKalb that an airplane crash on New Year’s Eve 1985 took the life of singer Ricky Nelson.

High School

Ganaway is a member of the 2007 graduating class at DeKalb High School, the only high school in the DeKalb Independent School District. He was a member of the National Honor Society and took part in Student Council government. Ganaway played football, basketball and was part of the track & field team for the Bears.

Football

He was twice named Class 2A Offensive Player of the Year, under head coach Buddy Ray and was named in 2006 as Texas most outstanding RB by the TexasHSFootball.com website. Ganaway finished his high school career with 6,587 rushing yards, ranking 26th in all-time Texas schoolboy history at the time of his graduation. He scored 78 career TDs.

2006 – Named AP Class 2A Texas Offensive Player of the Year, rushing for 2,815 yards on 320 carries with 36 touchdowns. He was first team all-State selection, leading DeKalb to a record of 10-2. He had three games of 300 yards plus, including 417 yards on 46 carries against Clarksville, with six touchdowns.

2005 – Named AP Class 2A Texas Offensive Player of the year for his 2,403-yard performance with 22

Recruiting

Ganaway received a lot of attention from smaller football programs as both Rivals.com and Scout.com ranked him as a 2-star recruit and had him at 6-0, 199 pounds. He got attention from Iowa State, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, North Texas, Tulsa, Louisana Tech, Rice, SMU and Houston.

College

After verbally committing to SMU and then later Rice, Ganaway ended up taking the scholarship offer from Houston and then head coach Art Briles.

2007 – He played all 13 games, earning one start as a true freshman. Ganaway was one of 35 players that participated in all 35 games. He ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries against Texas Southern. Ganaway ran for 550 yards on 109 carries and scored six TDs, as he was the team’s second leading rusher. Cougars landed a Texas Bowl bid against TCU.

Junior College

2008 – Kidney cancer claimed Charlotte Mae Ganaway, and Ganaway left Houston and enrolled in Texarkana Junior College. He did not play football that fall.

Recruiting

While Ganaway dealt with the grief of losing his mother, Houston coach Art Briles and a lot of his coaching staff were moving to Baylor. They kept in contact with Ganaway and when the young man decided he was ready to resume his college career, he landed at Baylor.

College

Ganaway graduated in December 2010 from Baylor with a degree in general studies. He’s been working on a Masters degree over the past 18 months. On the field over 38 games, he set or tied 12 school records, including most 200-yard rushing games in a career with three.

2011 – Ganaway played in 13 games with 12 starts at running back, earning first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors. He led the conference in rushing; averaging 119 yards per game. He was the offensive MVP at the Alamo Bowl, running for 200 yards and scoring five rushing TDs, including an 89-yard run for a TD against Washington. He ran for a career-high 246 yards against Texas Tech.

2010 – He saw playing time in all 13 games as a reserve.

2009 – He played in all 12 games with one start for the Bears. He had five rushing TDs on the second, including three against Northwestern State.

Year

G/S

Att

Yds

Avg

TD

Rec

Yds

TD

Record

2011

13/12

250

1,556

6.2

21

6

52

1

10-3*

2010

13/0

46

295

6.4

2

4

44

0

7-6*

2009

12/1

68

200

2.9

5

2

37

0

4-8

2008 DNP

x

x

x

x

X

x

x

X

x

2007 (Houston)

13/1

109

550

5.0

6

0

0

0

8-58

Baylor Career

38/13

364

2,051

5.6

28

12

133

1

21-17

Career

51/14

473

2,601

5.5

34

12

133

1

 

1 kickoff return, 38 yards, TD. *-2011 (Alamo Bowl); 2010 (Texas Bowl); 2007 (Texas Bowl).

Video

Baylor over TCU – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcrYUgHNTtQ&feature=player_embedded#!

(He’s No. 24.)

Ganaway in Alamo Bowl – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od2sdLUOtys&feature=related

Feature on Ganaway – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seFuXhPAOR8

Evaluation

Strengths – Big man that runs in a big way. He’s a downhill runner all the way, running with a forward lean to his body. The pile moves when he hits it, no matter how many people are pushing back against him. Still, he shows surprisingly nimble feet for a man his size. He has a good nose for the end zone when the offense gets into the scoring zone and is seldom stopped once he gets his shoulders square and heading north and south.

Deficits – One-year wonder? Only in his senior season did he produce anything for the Baylor offense. That brings up questions about his interest in really committing to the game. He’s a non-factor as a receiver out of the backfield, and is not very good at catching the ball. He’s very inconsistent in how he handles the ball as well, sometimes getting lackadaisical and putting the ball at risk. He’s a straight line runner, with very little lateral movement. Think bull in the china shop style of running.

Analysis – He’s only effective when he gets his shoulders square and gets all of his power going in the same direction. Any defense that keeps him running from sideline-to-sideline is going to be able to handle him. There were very little special teams contributions from him at Baylor. His role in any offense is a first down back.

What the scouts said

An NFC scout said – “He’s too limited in what he could provide an offense on the NFL level, because he doesn’t catch the ball, doesn’t block and really can only run downhill. Tough to see most teams giving up a roster spot to a back with such limited production possibilities.”

What Terrance Ganaway said

“I want to be an integral part of a team and I like winning games more than individual stats. I am working hard to get where I want to be. I think I have a lot of things I can do, and besides Jesus Christ and my family, a chance at playing pro ball is one of the most important things in my life right now.”

“I think I’m light on my feet, I run downhill, I get yardage when you need it. I am 240, but I believe I have great speed for a back my size. I had a few big runs this year. I think I’m a great running back, I think I’m a mismatch problem on the next level because linebackers will underestimate how fast I am, how easy I make cuts or DBs how I will run, I can step around them sometimes and try to take it 80.”

What others said about Terrance Ganaway

“I have been blessed to coach a lot of good athletes in my career and he is probably the hardest working good player I ever saw. He was blessed with a God-given ability that you didn’t coach, but he took that and made himself better and that’s what made me appreciate him. He has the ability to make it to Sunday football.”- DeKalb High School coach Buddy Ray.

Does Terrance Ganaway fit with the Chiefs?

Not likely given his limited areas of contribution without much time in the kicking game or on passing downs. If Ganaway makes some progress in learning how to inject himself into those areas, there might be a better chance of a Chiefs-Ganaway marriage.

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