Dominique Byrd

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Dominique Byrd

College: USC
Year: Senior
Height: 6’3"
Weight: 255
Birthday: February 7, 1984

Can someone please help Big Byrd find his way back to Sesame Street? Dominique Byrd puts up some nice numbers against all those alphabet schools USC faces during the season, but he can’t seem to remember a few basic rules to keep himself safe in the offseason.

Byrd had to sit out the first four games of the 2004 season after busting his kneecap in a basketball pickup game. Then Byrd found himself missing spring practice with academic problems and a broken jaw. The latter came courtesy of his teammate – and friend! – Steve Smith over a money squabble settled with fisticuffs after a rousing game of Madden 2005. Yeah, you read that right.

Byrd brought his grades up, but that jaw caused him to eat his meals through a straw and lose fifteen pounds. For a player capable of ridiculously dazzling one-handed catches to go with the occasional two-handed dropped ball, this high-low behavior seems to be a trend.

A respected high school basketball player and track athlete – having once cleared 6’4" in the high jump – Byrd is fast enough to outrun college linebackers and find success in deep patterns for the Trojans. His touchdown in the Orange Bowl lat January kick started the scoring for USC as they steamrolled the Sooners for the BCS title. Byrd is also a willing, dependable blocker.

So if Byrd can somehow keep from getting the better of himself while he isn’t playing, he ought to be able to find his way to an early pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

(profile written by Keith Weiland)

Dominique Byrd’s 2004 Stats G CTH YDS AVG TD 8 34 326 9.6 2 Dominique Byrd Dominique Byrd Home

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