Wide, Big Cody

In a sport of which it is said: speed kills and size punishes, titanic junior college defensive lineman Terrence Cody might just be the Class of 2008's designated dungeon master.

Standing an impressive 6-foot-5 and tipping the scales at an improbable 385 pounds he has the size to make life miserable for O-linemen and running backs willing to test the middle.

Originally from Riverdale High School in Fort Meyers, Fla., Cody opted for junior college despite offers from Miami and South Florida. As a freshman at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College he recorded 48 tackles with 2.5 sacks and an interception.

Surprisingly quick for his stupendous size, Cody can anchor a D-line at either strong tackle in a 4-3 and has the idea physical make-up to be a 3-4 nose tackle. He runs a 5.6 time in the 40 and possesses the lateral mobility to stuff or obstruct any run between the tackles. He also has very good strength and is working to improve his condition and quickness by dropping a few pounds. However that's not to say he'll ever be called slim.

"I am just working on my conditioning right now," he told Yancy Porter of Scout.com. "I am still 6' 5", 385 and I am trying to get down to the 360 range when school starts. I am maxing out at 405 (bench) and 630 (squat), and I want to improve those numbers too."

Any improvement should enable Cody to have an early impact on some Division I defense, and it explains why Tennessee has long regarded him as a premiere prospect.

"Tennessee called me a couple of weeks ago and offered me," he told Porter. "Coach Fulmer told me I was their number one JUCO target for the defensive line."

Cody indicates the Vols and Ole Miss Rebels have been pursuing him the hardest, and both schools are among his top four favorites.

"Tennessee, Alabama, Florida International, and Ole Miss have offered me," Cody revealed. "That is pretty much who I have been talking to the most."

"Tennessee brought me to a couple of their games," he said. "They say they like the way I move, and that they wanted me to come up there and replace all of the linemen they lost to the NFL draft."

While Terrence Cody is certainly big enough to replace the interior defensive line at Tennessee, the Vols intense interest could signal their intent to bring in the personnel required to run a 34 front. Undoubtedly, it's easier to sign linebackers than it is to develop the depth needed to rotate five players at two tackle spots. The fact that five of the last six Super Bowls winners featured the 3-4 is clearly a trend worth considering.

"Ole Miss is calling me all of the time and sending me stuff," he stated. "They text me a lot and all that. They came to my school a couple of times and watched some video of mine. They said they liked my Spring film." Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, Cody credits his "footwork and body strength" with making him a force in the trenches. He didn't mention his size, but he really didn't have to because you don't have to be an expert to understand when it come to football — size matters.

It also punishes.


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