28 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Jarvis Leverett Jr.

I'm not saying Jarvis Leverett Jr. will be as good as Kenjon Barner, but darn, the flattop resemblance is undeniable. - USA TODAY Sports

In which BracketCat counts down the 28th day until kickoff with a profile of running back Jarvis Leverett Jr.

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#28 Jarvis Leverett Jr.
Redshirt Freshman
5-11 | 203
Katy, Texas

Bio

Position: Running Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Third-String

Status: On Scholarship

Jarvis Leverett Jr. (b. April 21, 1994) is a quality athlete who shined on the scout team during his redshirt season.

Leverett, who earned the team's Red Raider Award as the top contributor on the scout team in 2012, will be in the mix to play this year at running back and on special teams. I think he'll back up John Hubert and Robert Rose.

He was listed as the eighth-best running back in Texas in 2012 by The Houston Chronicle while prepping at Cypress Lake High School and also was named to the newspaper's Texas Top 100 list last season.

He was a bit of a steal for us because most schools backed off during his junior year. He had amassed 349 yards and five TDs in three games when he tore his ACL and missed the rest of that season.

Well, he bounced back in a big way. In a three-game stretch, he had 500 rushing yards and five touchdowns as a senior at Cypress Lake. Our persistence in recruiting him even as other schools ignored him paid off.

Leverett also was named his school's MVP in track as a sophomore, when he was a member of the district-qualifying 4x100 meter relay team, so there's some speed there in addition to his power.

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