Being the youngest player on the field is nothing new to Amobi Okoye. The 19-year-old defensive lineman had to prove he belonged as a 16-year-old freshman at Louisville, and he's proving it again as the youngest player at the Senior Bowl. Get the inside scoop on that and more from the North...[details]
2005 (Junior): Hawkeye Hustle Award, offense . . . started at left guard in opening win over Ball State as offense gained 441 yards total offense . . . started at left guard at Iowa State as offense rushed for 173 yards . . . started at left guard in win over Northern Iowa as offense gained 496 total yards . . . started at left guard at Ohio State . . . started at right tackle in win over Illinois as offense rushed for 301 yards and gained 476 yards total offense . . . started at right tackle in win at Purdue as offense gained season-best 535 yards total offense . . . started at right tackle in win over Indiana as offense gained 425 yards total offense . . . started at right tackle vs. Michigan as offense gained 427 yards total offense . . . started at right tackle at Northwestern as offense gained 492 yards total offense . . . started at right tackle in win at Wisconsin as offense gained 390 yards total offense . . . started at right tackle in win over Minnesota as offense gained 613 yards total offense . . . started at right tackle in Outback Bowl vs. Florida as offense gained 410 yards total offense.
Personal: Born 9/15/84 . . . economics major . . . parents are Ruth and John Yanda . . . high school coach was Dan Kiley.
Junior college honors: Played two seasons as North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City . . . earned all-Region honors in consecutive seasons and was honorable mention all-American as a sophomore . . . two-year starter who played both offensive tackle and guard . . . junior college coach was David Gillespie.
High school honors: Earned first team all-conference recognition as a senior and junior . . . team captain as a senior . . . Career - - earned three letters as offensive and defensive tackle . . . also earned two letters in track and field, tossing the discus and shot put, and lettered twice in basketball.
The good: Yanda is a solidly built, athletic lineman who has played both guard and tackle. He has good agility and footwork, plays with sound leverage, strong leg drive and a solid and forceful hand punch. Has the tough nasty demeanor that scouts seek in a starting lineman. He is effective when pulling and is able to adjust and get adequate fits when blocking on the second level despite average foot speed.
The bad: At times, Yanda gets out of position by being overly aggressive and needs to play within himself to be effective. He will need to put in some weight training to improve his strength to handle the big 320 pound tackles he will face in the NFL. He can look stiff in his movement and is less effective in space where his marginal foot speed and athleticism can break down.
Outlook: Yanda is a lunch pail-type of lineman that is durable, versatile and technically sound. Fine middle-round pick with the athletic ability and intangibles to start within a short time. He is the type that could be a 10- year starter with development.
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