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Hynoski came to Pitt as a star high school running back, eclipsing 7,000 yards at Southern Columbia Area High School. His build and physicality made him a perfect fit at fullback; the position his father, Henry, Sr, played at Temple, then one season in the NFL before injuries ended his career.
Hynoski's first two years at Pitt were non-descript, first sitting out the 2007 season to redshirt then playing five games on special teams with one carry for three yards against Navy. Coaches started using his skills a bit more his sophomore year, as he ran the ball 24 times for 107 yards and a score, while also catching 15 passes for 109 yards. He was used more as a receiver (25-174-1) than a rusher (12-33) in 2010.
At Pitt, he bruiser's main job was to block for backs Dion Lewis and Ray Graham. And when heading straight into defenders and paying attention to his knee-bend, Hynoski can be devastating. He'll need to be more consistent in those areas if one of the teams still using lead blockers expect him to be a long-time contributor as a fifth or sixth round pick.
Positives: Attacks linebackers directly in his path. Once engaged, resets his hands after initial contact and will walk back his man. Can come off one defender to hit another in proximity. Plays through the whistle. Fair hands for the position, will be a good check-down to get six-eight yards a reception. Able to extend away from his frame to bring in wide throws. Used as motion tight end and in the backfield. Intelligent player; multiple Academic All-Big East mentions.
Negatives: Plays too tall for the position. Lack of flexibility and inconsistent knee-bend make it easy for linebackers to stand him up in the hole. Misses inside targets, struggles to adjust to running defenders in space. Resorts to cut blocks against defensive backs in the open field. Stands up to blitzers in pass protection but lacks bend and does not provide much punch. Gives up after initial contact when defenders puts up a fight, does not move his feet. Misses chip blocks on his way out to his route. Suffered mild concussion against Louisville in October 2010.
Hynoski was Pitt’s starting fullback each of the past two years. This past season he rushed 12 times for 33 yards and caught 25 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown.
Played in 13 games, starting seven...compiled 107 yards on 24 carries (4.5 avg.) with one TD...also had 15 receptions for 109 yards (7.3 avg.)...posted career rushing and receiving highs at Rutgers (29 yards on five carries; 36 yards on four catches).
Lettered in his first active season, primarily as a special teams contributor...played in five games...had one carry for three yards at Navy.
Redshirted as a true freshman.
Prolific runner who finished sixth in Pennsylvania history with 7,165 career rushing yards...also scored an astonishing 113 touchdowns during his high school career at perennial power Southern Columbia...named The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A Player of the Year after rushing for 2,407 yards and 42 touchdowns on 206 carries, an average of 11.7 yards per attempt, as a senior...compiled his impressive rushing totals despite not playing a full game during his senior season as he led Southern Columbia to a 16-0 mark with an average victory margin of 39 points per contest...Southern Columbia won the PIAA Class A championship for a state-record fifth consecutive year...in the state title game against West Middlesex, Hynoski rushed for 126 yards, added 109 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns in a 56-14 victory...in 20 career playoff games (all victories), Hynoski rushed for 3,234 yards and 41 touchdowns on 320 attempts (10.1 avg.)...set a PIAA state playoff record with 409 yards rushing and six touchdowns vs. Pius X in a state quarterfinal game his sophomore season...as a four-year starter, led Southern Columbia to a 58-3 mark (.951)...was named first team Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A All-State as a senior and junior...named second team all-state as a sophomore...two-time Central Susquehanna Conference Offensive Back of the Year...rated the nation's No. 4 fullback prospect by Scout.com and No. 7 by Rivals.com...Keystone Recruiting Pennsylvania Class A Player of the Year...rated Pennsylvania's No. 20 prospect by Scout.com, No. 21 by Rivals.com and No. 23 by SuperPrep...PrepStar All-East Region...Scout All-East Region...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...played under Coach Jim Roth...also a letterman in baseball, basketball and track...all-conference honoree in baseball...Distinguished Honor Student...National Honor Society...National Honor Society for High School Scholars...Wendy's High School Heisman State Finalist...United States Achievement Academy.
Henry P. Hynoski, born 12/30/88, is the son of Henry and Kathy Hynoski Sr....has one sister...father was a star fullback at Temple (1972-74) and spent the 1975 season with the Cleveland Browns...sister (Mary Frances Hynoski) played basketball at Lehigh University (2001-2005)...uncle (Chester Hynoski) played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1930s...additionally two cousins played college football, including Fred Hynoski (Cincinnati, 1960-62) and Walter Hynoski (Penn, 1952-54).
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03/12/15 - FB Henry Hynoski decided to re-sign with the Giants Wednesday (March 11), agreeing to terms on a two-year contract worth $2.1 million that includes a $250,000 signing bonus and $500,000 guaranteed. Hynoski, an undrafted free agent in 2011, has become one of the best-regarded blocking fullbacks in the NFL.
He does not touch the ball much, with just 12 carries for 33 yards and 24 receptions for 138 yards in 46 games.
03/05/15 - FB Henry Hynoski, unrestricted FA update, is one of the top lead blocking fullbacks in the NFL, but his role was greatly diminished in the offense last year, as the team used tight ends to do the work normally reserved for a fullback.
11/13/14 - FB Henry Hynoski could be in line for increased snaps on Sunday. Thus far, Hynoski, who is averaging 11.4 snaps per game, has seen his highest volume of snaps in a Week 3 win against Houston, when he played 19 snaps. Hynoski is capable of carrying the ball, but his receiving skills and his ability to pass protect are probably of greater use to the team at this point.
08/29/14 - FB Henry Hynoski (shoulder) suffered a shoulder contusion in his left shoulder, the same one he fractured last year. With the team scheduled to begin practicing for Detroit on Thursday, Hynoski should have enough time to recover from the injury to be able to practice.
04/02/14 - FB Henry Hynoski was re-signed by the Giants March 14.
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