Positives…Tough-as-nails type with a great work ethic...Physical at the point of attack, displays that former high school defensive aggressive mentality...Gets leverage coming off the snap...Bends his knees and takes proper blocking angles in pass protection... Comes off the snap in an instant, using his low center of gravity and leg drive to ride his man wide... Explodes on contact, creating a great surge coming out of the blocks...Seals well and maintains leverage and position, showing fine lateral agility.
Negatives…Struggles in sustaining blocks for the ground game, showing limited adjustment skills going after the linebacker in the open...Little sloppy dropping back in pass protection, showing poor recovery speed...Not that physical with his hands and tends to slide off blocks…Battles chest-to-chest coming off his stance, causing his leg base to narrow…Has good blocking angle awareness, but lacks the lateral agility to bend his knees properly and show solid body control moving upfield…Looses strength in his anchor as he tends to waist-bend at times.
Four-year starter who was the mainstay on the Owls' offensive line…Played in every snap in 40 of 45 games during his career…Could shift to center at the pro level to take advantage of his trap blocking skills.
Started every game at left offensive tackle, registering 81 knockdowns as he helped the offense average 317.8 yards per game while participating in 854 plays.
Richmond…Cut blocked defensive end Jason Houston on QB Mike McGann's 35-yard scoring strike to Zanier Cobb as the offense totaled 379 yards.
Syracuse…Leveled linebacker Clifton Smith to give McGann time to find tailback Tenardo Sharps with a 65-yard touchdown bomb, making eight knockdowns as the team gained 500 yards.
Connecticut…Upended linebacker Ezra Carey on a 25-yard scoring pass from McGann to Sean Dillard, posting seven knockdowns as the Owls amassed 359 yards.
Rutgers…Cleared a rush lane used by Sharps for a 4-yard scoring run as the team piled up 271 yards on the ground.
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