Jaguars Get Younger on the O-Line

The Jaguars traded up in the third round of the draft to select Lehigh offensive guard/center, Will Rackley. Find out what kind of player the Jaguars are getting.

Courtesy of NFL Media WILL RACKLEY

Offensive Guard/Tackle

Lehigh University Mountain Hawks #74


Riverdale, Georgia

Riverdale High School


Starting at left offensive tackle the last three seasons, Rackley will more likely play the guard position at the National Football League level. Built more in the lines of an interior blocker, he showed he was more than capable of widening the rush lanes, delivering down and fold blocks for a revived offense that propelled the Mountain Hawks into their first playoff appearance in the lineman's four seasons with the varsity. The three-time first-team All-Patriot League selection solidified himself as one of the most dominant offensive tackles in Patriot League history, anchoring a Lehigh offensive line that only allowed 14 sacks in 2010. Rackley was a stabilizing force for an offense that was ranked second in passing and scoring in the Patriot League. In his senior campaign, he led the Mountain Hawks to their ninth Patriot League Championship, ending ended his career with 40 consecutive starts on the offensive line.

Rackley was a first-Team All-Area offensive lineman and second-team All-Area defensive tackle at Riverdale High School. He added All-Chevy Team (made up of best offensive lineman from all televised games in the state of Georgia) as a senior, but the Raiders' blocker was not recruited by the major colleges, finding his way to Lehigh University.

As a true freshman, Rackley started ten games as a 270-pound right offensive guard, becoming the first freshman to start on the offensive line during head coach Andy Coen's 20-year career. He helped the Mountain Hawks rank third in the Patriot League in passing offense (201.09 ypg), as the front wall allowed the fewest quarterback sacks in the league (14 total, tied for 23 rd in the nation with an average of 1.27 spg).

In 2008, Rackley arrived at fall camp with an additional 25 pounds of bulk on his frame. He shifted to left tackle, recording 79 knockdowns on the way to earning his first of three All-Patriot League honors. Named the team's top offensive lineman, he did a solid job of protecting the blind side as Lehigh averaged 216.73 passing yards per game.

Rackley earned All-American, All-Patriot League and Academic Honor Roll recognition as a junior. He posted 81 knockdowns, grading 85.57% for blocking consistency to pave the way for the Mountain Hawks to generate 318.00 yards per game.

In 2010, Rackley was named a consensus All-American, becoming the first Lehigh player to earn national honors from the Associated Press since 2004. He received All-Patriot League honors for the third-straight season, registering 88 knockdowns to help the Mountain Hawks rank second in the league in passing (241.85 ypg) and fewest sacks allowed (14 total; 16th in the nation with an average of 1.08 spg).


Rackley started 45-of-46 games that he appeared in, including 40-straight assignments, joining the first unit for 35 contests at left tackle and ten at right guard…Graded 85.2% for blocking consistency, recording 300 knockdowns, an average of 6.67 per game…Posted 35 touchdown-resulting blocks.


All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, College Sporting News, the Associated Press and Phil Steele, adding third- team recognition from the Sports Network…Became the first Lehigh player to get named a first team AllAmerican by the Associated Press since 2004…Received All-Patriot League first-team honors for the third consecutive season…Invited to play in the 86th annual East-West Shrine Game, as he became only the fifth Patriot League player to ever participate in that contest…Started all thirteen games at left tackle, leading the Mountain Hawks to their first winning campaign (10-3) in Rackley's four seasons at the university…Playing at 320 pounds, the senior registered 88 knockdowns and twelve touchdown-resulting blocks, leading a front wall that ranked second in the league and 16th in the nation for fewest sacks allowed (1.08 spg)…The Mountain Hawks also placed second in the league and 25th in the country in pass offense (241.85 ypg), finishing with an average of 245.38 total yards per game.


Third-team Associated Press All-America selection…First-team All-Patriot League choice, starting all eleven games at left offensive tackle…Member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll...Registered 81 knockdowns with nine touchdown-resulting blocks as the Mountain Hawks averaged 318.00 yards per game…Lehigh averaged 193.45 yards passing and 124.55 yards rushing per game.


Rackley arrived for fall camp at 295 pounds, bulking up after the staff decided to shift him to the demanding left tackle position…Posted eight touchdown-resulting blocks and 79 knockdowns to earn the first of three All-Patriot League firstteam honors during his career with the Mountain Hawks…It marked the fifth consecutive season that a Lehigh offensive lineman made the league's all-star team…Helped the team rank third in the league in passing with an average of 216.73 yards per game…Part of an offensive line that allowed nineteen quarterback sacks.


Rackley became the first true freshman to start on the offensive line during the 20-yard coaching career of Andy Coen…Started ten contests at right offensive guard, as the 270-pound lineman was part of a front wall that led the Patriot League and ranked tied for 23rd in the nation in fewest sacks allowed (14; average of 1.27 spg)…The Mountain Hawks finished third in the league in passing offense (201.09 ypg) and averaged 341.45 yards in total offense.


5.27 in the 40-yard dash…1.88 10-yard dash…2.97 20-yard dash…4.94 20-yard shuttle…7.91 three-cone drill…23 1/2-inch vertical jump…8'3" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times…440-pound bench press…33 ¼-inch arm length…10 3/8-inch hands…79 3/8-inch wingspan.


Attended Riverdale (Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Nick Davis…First-Team All-Area offensive lineman and second-team All-Area defensive tackle at Riverdale High School. He added All-Chevy Team (made up of best offensive lineman from all televised games in the state of Georgia) as a senior.


Design Arts major, with a minor in Computer Science…Son of Wanda and William Rackley…Resides in Riverdale, Georgia.


BLOCKING STATISTICS...Based on review of game film by our scouting department...SGP-season grade percentage...GM-games played...PLAY-amount of snaps played in...KB-key blocks (pancake/ knockdowns)...TDB-touchdown resulting blocks... DWF-downfield blocks... PRS-pressures allowed... SKA-sacks allowed...High Grade Game-best graded game for the season.


2007 11 82.37 755 54 6 4 4.0 3.0 86% vs. Georgetown

2008 11 84.23 687 79 8 4 2.0 3.0 89% vs. Fordham

2009 11 85.57 755 81 9 7 2.0 2.5 90% vs. Bucknell

2010 13 88.10 881 88 12 6 1.0 1.5 94% vs. Colgate

TOTAL 46 85.20 3078 300 35 21 9.0 10.0 94% vs. Colgate

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