Doaks developed as a rusher during his time in Cincinnati and shared the field with current NFL players Mike Boone (Denver) and Michael Warren II (most recently with Washington) in 2019. In 2020, Doaks played a more significant role in the Bearcats’ reliable passport protection and reception capability through his role.
Doaks demonstrated this double threat ability by counting 407 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns from the backfield last season. He did not drop a single pass and only allowed one sack in 130 reps of career pass protection per Pro Football Focus, which was a criminal offense that relied heavily on the passes for the running backs. Doaks were an average of 14.4 meters per reception in 2020, up from 8.8 in 2019.
Much of Doaks’ play – as stingy work on opposing pass-rushers suggests – is based on the strength and explosiveness of the lower body. He is 228 pounds with a stout physique and the blast to boot. Its vertical (39.5 in) and wide (120 in) jumps were tested in the 96th and 84th percentiles under 2021 pro-days. He used 19 bench presses and a 40 yard shot from 4.57.
“His physicality changes everything,” said Jason Spear, Doaks’ high school coach. “What really impressed me was that even during our exercises, he was the most physical guy I’ve trained in 20 years.”
The aggressive nature of Doaks’ play also shows up as a ball carrier. He rushed for 637 yards and seven touchdowns last season, including 25 misses forced on 144 runs, and produced 17 runs of 10 or more yards per Pro Football Focus. Over the course of his college career, he averaged 5.2 yads per rush on 331 career carriers for a total of 2,119 yards from the precipice.
Injury rehab is one of the most challenging aspects of professional sport, if not the greatest. As Doaks fought his way back from the sports hernia injury and climbed the Bearcat depth map, the Cincinnati staff praised him for his drive and positive attitude through these adversities.
“After this injury I was pretty down,” said Doaks shortly after his selection. “But I’m pretty closely connected to all of my teammates at Cincy. They kind of helped me realize how important I was on the team and they just got really close to me and they kind of motivated me to go back to where I was was. ” And that’s the bond I want to have with my teammates in Miami. “
A physical, smart, passionate runner with a high character and a love of the game – just like Grier described Miami’s latest running back post draft.