Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 86 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we take you back to that memorable 2005 Orange Bowl...

Representing #86 on our countdown is The Birdman, Dominique Byrd. The soft-handed big man was a huge weapon for the Trojan offense from 2003-2005. At 6'3" 260 lbs, Byrd had no problem laying out to make a play or leaping over a defender to avoid a tackle. We'll never forget his clutch catches against Oregon St. in the Fog Bowl and against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

Since Byrd's departure we have lacked significant production from the tight end position. Fred Davis has all the measurements and the necessary work ethic to be a great tight end. But until he breaks more tackles and picks up some YAC he'll struggle to break out of The Birdman's shadow.

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