Texas A&M running back Christine Michael entered the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine with the reputation of a player that's very talented on the field and something of a chowderhead off of it.
Michael did very little in Indianapolis to change either of those views.
Michael, who spent most of a star-crossed career in College Station either rehabbing from injury or firmly in coach Kevin Sumlin's doghouse, was badly in need of a strong offseason leading up to the 2013 NFL draft.
The 5'10" 220-pounder got things off on the right foot at last month's East-West Shrine Game, where he led all rushers.
Then Michael arrived at the combine, and according to NFL.com it appeared that his workouts went about as well as he possibly could have hoped.
Michael's 43-inch vertical leap was the highest ever recorded by a running back at the combine, and the youngster's performance in the workouts opened quite a few eyes.
Sigmund Bloom @SigmundBloom
raw ability was never a question. 3rd-5th rnd RT @RosterWatch Christine Michael looking a like a huge winner w/ 27 reps and 4.41at 220 lb.2/24/2013, 7:25:57 PM
Dane Brugler @dpbrugler
Christine Michael w/ a 4.41 in 1st 40 attempt...real good for a 227 pounder2/24/2013, 6:57:08 PM
Gil Brandt @Gil_Brandt
Biggest surprise RB could be Texas A&M's Christine Michael. He's 5-10, 220. Showed strength in 27 bench reps. http://t.co/1Uyh7d0S062/24/2013, 3:22:03 PM
Unfortunately, it turns out that the eyes Michael had the most trouble opening were his own.
Gil Brandt @Gil_Brandt
Texas A&M RB Christine Michael was a rockstar @ #NFLCombine, a top performer in 5 events. The bad: He overslept and missed 2 team interviews2/26/2013, 11:34:29 PM
For a player that had as much rehabbing of his image to do as Michael did, to squander the momentum he built in workouts by oversleeping and missing vital interviews with prospective suitors says a lot about Michael's maturity level.
And none of it is good.
Mind you, this is a player that said he had put the grousing and off the field issues behind him. Michael's playing time was cut drastically in his senior season as he clashed with Sumlin, including being suspended for the team's win over SMU.
However, Michael recently told Tom Orsborn of The San Antonio Express that he's learned from the 2012 season, calling Sumlin a "real good friend" and stating that he was working hard to show NFL teams that he was well worth a look come draft day.
“That's the thing — you live and you learn,” Michael said.
“We had a whole new coaching staff, a whole new offense. It got shaky for me,” Michael said. “I went into my own tunnel and got a little stubborn and was just in my own world. ... It was just frustrating for me not to get as many carries and not to be that No. 1 guy in that offense.”
“As someone that is consistently working hard, the second round (is possible), but I train to be a first-rounder,” he said. “There are a lot of guys out there who are great. You have Eddie Lacy, Montee Ball, Marcus Lattimore. But my work ethic is incredible. You tell me, when was the last time you saw a collegiate running back that has broke their leg one year, came back stronger, then tore their ACL and came back stronger? Everything happens for a reason,” Michael said. “I'm a better player and person.”
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