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All Along the Hightower

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While there have been many impressive out-of-the-first-round rookies, I'm going to pick a guy who was relatively unheralded out of college, was not expected to do much in the pros, and has surprised just about everybody through his first half-season. Coming out of tiny Richmond college, running back Tim Hightower got a few looks in the Texas vs. the Nation game (though that's not exactly the Senior Bowl in terms of visibility or prestige) and was drafted 16th in the fifth round and 149th overall by the Cardinals.

The NFL got a taste of his capabilities in the preseason, when he scored three touchdowns, but he really broke out when the games counted. Hightower scored five touchdowns in his first five regular-season games, and broke the 100-yard mark when he was named the starter last Sunday against the Rams.

At 6-0 and 225 pounds, Hightower is a powerful back with good speed and very surprising lateral mobility for his size. While Kurt Warner is the main man behind Arizona's newfound relevance as a franchise, Hightower is a key to that offense going forward.

By Doug Farrar  |  November 6, 2008; 12:27 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Tim attended the University of Richmond, not "Richmond College"

Posted by: SpiderFan | November 6, 2008 5:41 PM

Actually, both are correct. Richmond College is the men's college which, along with Westhampton College, comprise the coordinate system the is the University of Richmond, as a whole. Either way, good for Tim. Really proud to see him making a surprisingly fast impact in the league.

Posted by: Shiner | November 9, 2008 12:47 PM

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