Positives...Barrel-chested, thick-legged, big gut player - everything a lineman should be...Has impressive quickness off the snap for a player his size...Generates a sudden surge off the snap to engage defenders with impact...Maintains position and uses his hands well to lock on a ride the opponent wide...Excellent flat back trap blocker who generates movement coming off the ball... Shows sharp movements coming out of his stance and an explosive initial step...Seals effectively, hitting his target with authority...Physical inside anchor setting up in pass protection, getting extension and separation due to proper hand usage...Shows good slide in his motion and great base strength in his legs and upper frame.
Negatives...Lacks classic knee bend and the second gear to make downfield adjustments...Has adequate change of direction skills and keeps his feet too narrow on the move...Holds a little too often, resulting in costly penalties...Better suited for guard as he has problems containing the quicker pass rushers off the edge...Struggles to maintain body control coming off the snap, as his feet tend to get ahead of him.
Versatile lineman who has started at several positions since forcing his way into the starting lineup as a freshman...One of the strongest athletes to ever wear a Husky uniform, boasting a school record 733-pound squat...One of only three players on the 2000 squad to play in every game during the last four years...His dominance as a drive blocker has resulted in Washington ranking with the national leaders in rushing during the last two seasons.
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, The Sporting News, Associated Press, College Football News and CNN/Sports Illustrated, earning second-team honors from Football News...Unanimous All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice and recipient of the Morris Trophy, given to the conference's premier offensive lineman...Winner of the team's L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award for the second-straight year...Team captain...Collected 113 knock- down blocks while helping the team rank 16th in the nation in rushing with an average of 211.7 yards per game...Extended his string to 34 games without allowing a quarterback sack...Started all year at right offensive guard.
Miami...Credited with ten knockdowns, upending linebacker Dan Morgan upfield to spring QB Marques Tuiasosopo for a 12-yard touchdown run as the offense gained 415 yards in a 34-29 win.
Colorado...Ran right over linebacker Jashon Sykes with Tuiasosopo following on a keeper for a 10-yard gain that set up John Anderson's 22-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Oregon...Cut blocked linebacker Matt Smith to give Tuiasosopo time to find tight end Jerramy Stevens with a 59-yard bomb to set up an 8-yard touchdown to Willie Hurst.
Stanford...Registered 13 knockdowns, cut blocking defensive tackle Willie Howard on a 22-yard burst up the middle by Hurst for a touchdown.
Arizona...Added 12 knockdowns, including one that resulted in a 1-yard scoring plunge by Tuiasosopo as the team amassed 407 yards, earning Player of the Game honors.
UCLA...Again selected Player of the Game as he graded a season-high 94% for blocking consistency and posted 11 knockdowns, dropping linebacker Ryan Nece with a roll block on a 13-yard scoring pass from Tuiasosopo to Stevens and later, opening a hole used by fullback Pat Conniff for a 4-yard touchdown run as the Huskies totaled 460 yards.
Purdue (Rose Bowl)...Delivered ten knockdowns, taking down defensive tackle Matt Mitrione on a 1-yard touchdown run by Braxton Cleman as Washington amassed 417 yards in a 34-24 triumph.
Second-team All-Pac 10 Conference choice...Recipient of the John P. Angel Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award...Started all year at right guard, delivering 97 key blocks to help the Huskies finish 21st in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in rushing with an average of 189.7 yards per game.
Brigham Young...Had nine knockdowns, leveling linebacker Rob Morris on a 3-yard touchdown run by QB Marques Tuiasosopo. As the team gained 323 yards in the season opener.
Colorado...Made the block of the game as he cut blocked linebacker Ty Gregorak on a game-winning 9-yard touchdown pass from Tuiasosopo to Chris Juergens as the Huskies gained 415 yards in a 31-24 decision.
Oregon...Upended defensive tackle Jason Nikolao on a 9-yard scoring scamper by Pat Conniff as the offense picked up 467 yards, finishing the day with ten knockdowns.
California...Opened a huge hole for a 9-yard touchdown run by Maurice Shaw, making a season-high 13 knockdowns as the team generated 433 yards.
Washington State...Shoved defensive tackle Rob Meier to the ground on Dane Looker's 55-yard touchdown toss to Joe Jarzynka as the offense posted 430 yards.
Kansas State (Holiday Bowl)...His cut block on defensive tackle Darren Howard allowed Conniff to score on a 3-yard run.
All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention...Manned the strongside (right) guard position, registering 75 knockdowns as the offensive line ranked second in the conference by allowing only 19 quarterback sacks while the offense averaged 355.6 yards per game.
Brigham Young...Shoved defensive tackle Darren Yancy Frisch to the ground on QB Brock Huard's 52-yard touchdown bomb to Chris Juergens as the Huskies picked up 195 yards in the air.
Utah State...Made seven knockdowns, including one that leveled middle linebacker Tony D'Amato on a 9-yard touchdown run by tailback Jason Harris as the offense gained 349 yards.
Arizona State...Cut blocked linebacker Paul Reynolds on a 3-yard scoring lob from Huard to tight end Reggie Davis as the team amassed 318 aerial yards.
Washington State...Posted ten knockdowns, including one that dropped defensive tackle Gary Holmes to spring Willie Hurst for a 1-yard touchdown run as Washington amassed 368 yards.
Air Force (Oahu Bowl)...Shoved nose guard Jeff Haugh out of the way on Braxton Cleman's 1-yard scoring plunge, finishing the day with nine knockdowns as the team generated 417 yards.
One of six true freshmen to letter for the Huskies...Started the final eight games at strongside (right) guard when Benji Olson was moved to the weakside...Helped Washington lead the Pac-10 Conference in sacks allowed (24) for the second-straight year and also set a school single-season passing record (2,790 yards)...Credited with 52 key blocks while allowing only two sacks.
California...Made six knockdowns, including one that dropped linebacker Matt Beck on a 19-yard scoring scamper by tailback Rashaan Shehee as the team accounted for 336 yards.
Arizona...Named Player of the Game as he posted a season-high nine knockdowns, upending linebacker Marcus Bell on Shehee's 1-yard touchdown & later delivered a key block upfield to spring Shehee for a 62-yard score as Washington piled up 254 yards on the ground.
Oregon...Had five knockdowns, including a roll block on linebacker Peter Sirmon that cleared away the final obstacle on a 42-yard touchdown jaunt by QB Marques Tuiasosopo as the Huskies gained 413 yards.
Michigan State (Aloha Bowl)...Shoved linebacker Ike Reese away from Brock Huard on the QB's 15-yard touchdown strike to Fred Coleman as the team accounted for 477 yards.
Did not enroll at Washington until January of 1997 while recovering from right Achilles tendon surgery (performed in February, 1996).
5.09 in the 40-yard dash...31-inch vertical jump...500-pound bench press...Holds the school record with a 733-pound squat...430-pound power clean...31 ½-inch arm length...9 1/8-inch hands.
First-team All-American selection by USA Today, Super Prep and Blue Chip Illustrated (named one of the top-five offensive linemen in the Western U.S. by that publication) at Riverview (Kennewick, Wa.) High...Named to the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100" and "Northwest Nuggets" teams, received six votes on the Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best in the West" poll and earned All-League honors on the offensive and defensive lines as a sophomore, junior and senior...Team's MVP as a senior...Four-year starter on the River View basketball team...Also threw the shot for the track squad, winning the district championship as a junior.
American History and Culture major...One of three children (brother, Zach and sister, Holly) of Carol and John Ward...Born 1/12/77...Resides in Kennewick, Washington.