Played in nine games and started the
final six contests of the regular season plus the Music City Bowl. Made
his first collegiate start against Virginia Tech (Oct. 13) at right tackle and
then moved over to right guard for the Pittsburgh game a week later. Third
team freshman All-America and also named to the BIG EAST All-Freshmen team.
The Good: Tremendous young lineman that presently sits as one of the best guard prospects for the next level. Big, dominant and tough yet smart and a thinker. Blocks with leverage, power and anchors in pass protection or moves defenders off the line on running plays. Sets with a wide base, can shuffle and slide his feet and plays with a nasty attitude. Quick into his run blocks and immediately gets out front to the second level, annihilating linebackers. Nasty and works hard but always in control.
The Bad: A little stiff, ducks his head and bends at the waist, all adversely effecting his balance.
The Skinny: Needs to iron out the details of his game but a player we liked on film in '01 who keeps on impressing every time we've personally scouted him this season. Would not be a reach to say he'll hold a first round grade in a year or so.