Pompano Beach, Fla.
Blanche Ely HS
CAREER: Huge senior offensive lineman who started at left guard in 2006…Fine run blocker who can be a standout as a pulling guard or on trap plays…Has played in 32 games, with 14 starts…Can also play offensive tackle…Graduated in December 2006 with a degree in psychology and is pursuing a second major in African-American studies.
2006 (JUNIOR): Started at left guard the entire season…Team’s only returning offensive lineman who started all 13 games in 2006…Occasionally rotated for a few series with either Alex Pou or A.J. Trump…Graded 73 percent for the season and allowed only two sacks…Played every snap in four contests (Louisville, Duke, Boston College and Nevada)…One of eight UM players who were selected to the 2006 ACC Academic Football Team.
2005 (SOPHOMORE): Played in nine games and made one start…For the season, made four pancake blocks, 10 metrorails and allowed two sacks…In the season opener at Florida State, made his first career start in place of injured Tony Tella at right guard. Played the entire game except for the final drive. Made one pancake block, one metrorail and allowed two sacks…Did not play the next game at Clemson, then played as a reserve guard vs. Colorado…Played as backup right guard, alternating for several series vs. South Florida…Played as a backup right guard again vs. Duke, alternating with Tella throughout the first three quarters…Played most of the game at right guard at Temple, saw action vs. North Carolina, then missed the Virginia Tech game…Played much of the second half at left guard at Wake Forest, then sat out Georgia Tech…Did not start vs. Virginia, but took over at right guard in the second quarter after Tella was injured and played the remainder of the game…Played right guard for the final series of the Peach Bowl vs. Louisiana State.
2004 (FRESHMAN): Redshirt freshman who played in 10 games at guard, mostly on the field goal and extra point units…Did not play vs. Florida State and Louisville…Saw action at guard vs. Louisiana Tech and Wake Forest.
2003 (REDSHIRT): Sat out the season as a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Widely regarded as one of the nation’s top offensive linemen…Considered the strongest prep offensive lineman in Florida…Led the way for All-America tailback Tyrone Moss (a fellow UM signee) while helping Ely to the Class 5A State title in 2002…Parade All-American and Allen Wallace’s SuperPrep All-American…Rated the No. 9 prospect in Florida by Allen Wallace’s SuperPrep…Rated the No. 5 offensive lineman in the nation by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report…Rated the No. 67 prospect nationally by The Insiders.com…Rated the No. 49 prospect nationally by Rivals100…Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100…Member of the Palm Beach Post’s National Top 50 and Florida Top 20…Rated the No. 17 player on the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Top 100…Member of the First Team of the Fox Sports Net All-South Team…Chose Miami over Florida State, Ohio State, Stanford and North Carolina State…Coached by Steve Davis.
2004: 10 games, 0 starts 2005: 9 games, 1 start 2006: 13 games, 13 starts Career totals: 32 games, 14 starts