04-26-2003, 08:00 PM
We picked Wade Smith from Memphis position of OT. Whats he all about?
04-26-2003, 08:08 PM
Position: Offensive Tackle/Guard
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Career Notes | Agility | High School | Personal | Stats
Positives: Dedicated worker in the weight room, adding over 20 pounds of muscle to his frame in the last season â€¦ Very fluid in his movements working in space, showing the quick feet and pad level to neutralize the linebackers â€¦ Can come off the snap instantly to reach, hit and drive away the defender â€¦ Has a quick kick slide and light feet to get into position â€¦ Has natural balance, sinking his hips properly to gain leverage â€¦ Regroups efficiently, driving opponents off with a forceful hand punch â€¦ Retreats fluidly, sinking low to adjust to the outside rush moves â€¦ Has excellent functional mechanics, extending his arms properly to pick up twists and stunts â€¦ Knows how to get his hands underneath the defender and quickly gains leverage with his wide leg base and strong anchor.
Negatives: Broken hand in 2001 set back his weight training program â€¦ Despite his good short-area speed, he can still be surprised by shooting linebackers and angling defensive ends â€¦ Needs to add more strength to prevent himself from getting his chest exposed by a defender's swim moves â€¦ Shows good reactionary skills, but will sometimes fail to locate his target working in space â€¦ Needs to show better awareness to the action around him when pulling.
Consummate team player who sacrificed personal success for that of the team â€¦ Began his career as a tight end, moving to right offensive tackle as a junior before settling in at the demanding left tackle position in his final year â€¦ Called by the coaching staff the finest athlete to ever join the Memphis program.
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