University of Arkansas Razorbacks
David W. Carter High School
With experience at both offensive guard and tackle, Love offers a National Football League a youngster who can provide immediate depth behind a veteran offensive line. Earlier in his career as a guard, he utilized his foot speed and initial explosion to clear rush lanes used by the Razorbacks' stable of power runners.
With the era of Felix Jones/Darren McFadden/Peyton Hillis having past, Arkansas became a more predominant passing attack, abandoning the "cloud of dust" inside running game for the "home run" ball. That required more quicker tackles to protect the pocket and the coaching staff felt that Love's kick slide and ability to mirror edge rushers were more suited for the demanding left tackle position.
The two-time team captain adjusted quickly to his new environment. His further development as a senior allowed the staff to reinstitute the running game back into the offensive game plan. With Love protecting the blind side, not only did quarterback Ryan Mallett go on to set the school season-record with 3,869 yards passing, but behind the left tackle's drive blocks, Knile Davis exploded for 1,322 yards on the ground, the fourth-best rushing total in a season by an Arkansas ball carrier.
In Love's sophomore season at David W. Carter High School, he started at offensive tackle, showing solid pass protection skills. One of his teammates was present San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. Due to a lack of ideal height, the coaching staff decided to shift him inside to guard as a junior, but the youngster struggled in his new role.
He returned to form as a senior, showing marked improvement as an interior blocker, helping his team to an 11-1 record and a second-round state playoff berth in the state's largest classification, Class 5A. His senior season helped Love improve his prospect ranking, as Rivals.com placed him 57th among the nation's offensive linemen and 99th among the state of Texas' overall prep players.
Scout.com rated him 97th among Texas prepsters and 68th among the nation's interior blockers. He was also tabbed the 68th-best prospect on the Dallas Morning News' All-Area team. Love was recruited by Kansas, Arizona, Texas-El Paso and Kansas State, but decided to accept a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas.
The coaching staff decided it was best that he bided his time with the scout team in 2006, as he worked in the training room to gain more strength. He appeared in eight games in 2007, starting two regular season contests and the Cotton Bowl clash vs. Missouri at right offensive guard.
Love appeared in eleven games in 2008, starting eight contests at strong-side offensive guard, but missed midseason action due to an ankle sprain. He was on the field long enough to contribute to a revived passing attack that set a then school season-record 3,115 yards, in addition to opening holes for Michael Smith registering the ninth 1,000-yard rushing season in Arkansas annals.
With Ryan Mallett taking over quarterback chores in 2009, Love shifted to left tackle. Named the team's captain, he blocked for seven 100-yard receiving games and three 100-yard rushing performances by Razorback individuals. Arkansas led the Southeastern Conference and finished tenth in the nation with an average of 295.54 aerial yards per game.
Love continued to hone his pass blocking skills, as the two-time team captain picked up All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors in 2010. In addition to Mallett's record-breaking campaign, the Razorbacks again led the SEC in passing, ranking fourth in the NCAA ranks with an average of 333.69 yards per game. The team also placed ninth in the nation in total offense (482.54 ypg).
Love appeared in 45 games for Arkansas, starting 37 contests – 26 at left offensive tackle and 11 at offensive guard…Recorded 203 knockdowns and 27 touchdown-resulting blocks.
All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by the league's coaches and the Associated Press…Earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors vs. Mississippi State…Delivered 80 knockdowns and twelve touchdown-resulting blocks while starting all thirteen games at left offensive tackle…The two-time team captain led a young offensive line that helped the offense's skill position players set 24 game and season records…His solid blocking in the trenches saw Arkansas boast their first season that featured a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher. Quarterback Ryan Mallett set the Arkansas season passing yards record with 3,869 and running back Knile Davis posted the fourth-highest season rushing yards total in program history with 1,322 yards…The Razorbacks were the only team in the country to boast a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and five 600-yard receivers…His SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors came when Arkansas piled up 488 yards of total offense on 61 plays, an average of 8.0 yards per play vs. Mississippi State, as Love was key in blocking for Knile Davis' 187 yards rushing and Ryan Mallett's 305 passing yards. MSU came into the contest ranked 16th in the nation in scoring defense…The Razorbacks finished the season first in the SEC and fourth in the NCAA in passing (333.69 ypg), becoming just the third team since 1992 to lead the league in passing in consecutive seasons (295.54 ypg in 2009….Arkansas also ranked second in the conference and ninth in the country in total offense (482.54 ypg) and second in the SEC and 17th in the NCAA in scoring offense (36.46 ppg).
Love was named team captain, as he shifted to left offensive tackle, starting all thirteen games…Registered 73 knockdowns along with ten touchdown-resulting blocks, as he led an offensive line which blocked for a unit that led the Southeastern Conference in scoring offense (36.0 ppg) and passing offense (295.54 ypg), and was third in total offense (427.31 ypg)….The Razorbacks were tenth in the nation in passing offense, 20th in total offense, ninth in scoring and 11th in passing efficiency…The line did not allow a sack vs. Missouri State, Eastern Michigan or East Carolina, as Love blocked for seven 100-yard receiving games and three 100-yard rushing performances…His blocking helped Arkansas set school passing records for yards in a game (447 vs. Missouri State), passing yards in a season (3,842), passing yards average (295.5), passing touchdowns in a season (32) and passing first downs in a season (147)…He also protected quarterback Ryan Mallett, who set or tied 16 different records.
Love appeared in eleven games, starting eight contests (the first four games vs. Western Illinois, Louisiana-Monroe, Alabama and Texas, and the final four vs. Tulsa, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Louisiana State) at strong-side offensive guard…Missed the Florida contest w limited action in reserve vs. Auburn, Kentucky and Mississippi due to an ankle sprain…Collected 34 knockdowns with four touchdown-resulting blocks, as he
helped Michael Smith become the ninth 1,000-yard rusher in school history, finish the year second in the SEC and 22nd in the nation with 207 carries for 1,072 yards and eight touch-downs…Love also helped protect QB Casey Dick, who completed 205 passes, and threw for 2,586 yards and 13 touchdowns. The completion total was a school record (since broken), the yardage total ranked second and the touchdowns tied for eighth before Ryan Mallett shattered those marks in 2009 and 2010…Arkansas' 3,115 yards passing was a then school record and the 4,477 yards of total offense ranked ninth.
Love played in eight games during his first varsity season, earning starting assignments at right offensive guard vs. Mississippi State, Louisiana State and Missouri in the Cotton Bowl…Earned a season grade of 80.2% for blocking consistency with 16 knockdowns, as he helped Arkansas' line pave the way for an SEC-leading and school-record 3,725 rushing yards, an average of 286.5 yards per game, which was fourth in the nation…Did not play in the first two games against Troy or Alabama, but saw the first collegiate action of his career in the third game of the season vs. Kentucky, playing two snaps…Played 28 snaps against North Texas, grading 87% on running plays and 85% for the game with a season-high five knockdown blocks…Played 62 snaps vs. Mississippi State in the first start of his career with an 82% overall grade to go with four knockdown blocks.
Love bided his time behind a host of veterans on the UA offensive line…Used his redshirt season to gain more strength and get valuable snaps on the practice field.
2008 Season…Sat out the Florida contest (10/04) and saw limited action in reserve vs. Auburn (10/11), Kentucky (10/18) and Mississippi (10/25) due to an ankle sprain.
5.31 in the 40-yard dash…1.87 10-yard dash…3.11 20-yard dash…4.84 20-yard shuttle…
7.84 three-cone drill…26 1/2-inch vertical jump…8'1" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times…35 ¼-inch arm length…9 ½-inch hands…83 ½-inch wingspan.
Attended David W. Carter (Dallas, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Allen Watson…Was a teammate of San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree…In Love's sophomore season, he started at offensive tackle, but shifted to offensive guard for his junior and senior campaigns…In 2005, he helped his team to an 11-1 record and a second-round state playoff berth in the state's largest classification, Class 5A…Rivals.com placed him 57th among the nation's offensive linemen and 99th among the state of Texas' overall prep players…Scout.com rated him 97th among Texas prepsters and 68th among the nation's interior blockers…Tabbed the 68th-best prospect on the Dallas Morning News' All-Area team.
Kinesiology major, enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences…Son of Marcia and Martin Reise…Born 3/07/88…Resides in Dallas, Texas.
The book on: Tackle/guard DeMarcus Love
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