Nebraska’s D-Lineman Crick and Suh come up big

Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors

Nebraska’s defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and Jared Crick continue to come up big.  Nearly everyone knows about Suh, he’s been mentioned as a possible Heisman candidate.  But his teammate Crick might have matched or even surpassed his play on the field.  

Both of these players not only play big…they are big!  Crick is listed at 6’05, 285 pounds and Suh at 6’04, 300 pounds.  Even if those height numbers are bit inflated (football rosters tend to exaggerate heights and weights) these guys both fit the NFL mold.  

Despite their size it is their play that has attracted much of the attention.  Crick had FIVE sacks, 13 total tackles and seven TFLs on Saturday against Baylor!  That gives Crick 49 total tackles for the season tying him with Suh for the team lead.  Not often do defensive lineman lead their team in total tackles, but these guys do!  Additionally Suh has seven PBUs, 13 TFLs, five sacks and 14 QB hurries on the season. 

Another interesting tidbit about these two guys and perhaps not surprising, both were very good athletes in high school.  Suh credits his background in soccer for his “quick feet” but his sheer power and explosiveness were best displayed as a state champion shot putter.  Suh’s shot put exploits have been highlighted in a prior blog.  But Crick was no slouch either throwing the shot put at Cozad High School in Nebraska.  He was state runner-up at the Class B 2007 State Meet with a throw of 60’10 and had a best of 61’03 in 2007. 

I’ve done a blog or two highlighting several of today’s best college lineman and their high school backgrounds throwing the shot put and discus.  Maybe college recruiters and coaches should pay additional attention to line prospects with solid throwing backgrounds.  More often than not the physical skill DOES translate to the field. 

On a local note, Kris Harley, Warren Cental High School (Indianapolis) junior defesive lineman has the physical ability to dominate high school games, and often does.  I have a friend that coaches offensive line at Carmel High School (Indiana) and told me Harley is very active and very difficult to block.  Harley might not have the height of Nebraska’s Crick or Suh but he did finish third in the shot put at the Indiana State Track Meet last year as a sophomore.  His throw was 57’05…he’s on his way to 61’00 which would put him in line with the Nebraska guys.

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