In Georgia's A.J. Green and Alabama's Julio Jones, the SEC has two receivers who should go in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. Look a little deeper, and you'll find the best receiving talent in the nation in the conference. Mike Huguenin breaks down which league is best at each position...[details]
2008 (Sophomore): Second team all-Big Ten by league coaches . . . honorable mention all-Big Ten by league media . . . first team all-Big Ten by Phil Steele's College Football . . . Hustle Team Award, offense . . . Listed as co-first team left tackle following spring practice . . . started at left tackle in 46-3 opening win over Maine as offense rushed for 245 yards and gained 457 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle in 42-0 win over Florida International as offense rushed for 241 yards and gained 512 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 17-5 win over Iowa State . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 21-20 loss at Pittsburgh . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 22-17 loss to Northwestern as offense gained 407 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 16-13 loss at Michigan State . . . started at left tackle in 45-9 win at Indiana as offense rushed for 227 yards and gained 422 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle in 38-16 win over Wisconsin as offense rushed for 254 yards . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 27-24 loss at Illinois . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 24-23 win over third-ranked Penn State . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 22-17 win over Purdue as offense gained 248 net rushing yards . . . started at left tackle in 55-0 win at Minnesota as offense rushed for 222 yards and gained 483 yards total offense . . . started a t left tackle in 31-10 Outback Bowl win over South Carolina as offense gained 328 yards total offense.
2007 (Freshman): Named to Freshman all-Big Ten team selected by The Sporting News . . . Saw action in offensive line in opening win over Northern Illinois as offense rushed for 250 yards and gained 383 yards total offense . . . did not see action in win over Syracuse due to injury . . . did not see action in loss at Iowa State due to injury . . . did not see action in loss at Wisconsin due to injury . . . did not see action in loss to Indiana due to injury . . . did not see action in loss at Penn State due to injury . . . saw action at left guard in win over 18th-ranked Illinois as offense rushed for 141 yards and gained 323 yards total offense . . . started at left guard in loss at Purdue for first career start . . . started at left guard in double OT win over Michigan State as offense gained 230 rushing yards . . . started at left guard and played every offensive down in win at Northwestern as offense gained 299 passing yards and 369 yards total offense . . . started at left guard and played every offensive down in win over Minnesota . . . started at left guard and played every offensive down in loss to Western Michigan as offense gained 397 yards total offense.
Personal: Born 3/5/89 . . . Open major . . . member of prep Honor Roll . . . parents are Kathi and Joe Bulaga . . . high school coach was Ed Brucker.
High school honors: Parade Magazine, PrepStar Magazine and East-West All-American . . . USA Today second team all-American as a senior . . . IHSFCA, Chicago Tribune and Champaign News Gazette first team all-state as a senior . . . named Suburban Catholic Conference and Northwest Herald Area Player of the Year . . . Chicago-Sun Times first team all-area . . . first team all-area and all-conference as a junior . . . two-year varsity captain . . . Career - - did not allow a sack at left tackle . . . also played defensive end, tight end and linebacker during his prep career . . . recorded 261 career tackles with 46 tackles for loss, 31 sacks and one interception . . . recorded 108 tackles and 23 sacks as a defensive end his senior year . . . as a tight end, recorded 35 receptions for 665 yards and 10 touchdowns . . . also converted three two-point conversions.
A natural bender who fires low out of his stance, Bulaga does a great job gaining initial leverage on his opponents. Showcases good hand placement at the point of attack and consistently stays on his man through the play. Is a physical run blocker who pumps his legs through contact and possesses the body control to stay on blocks and angle defenders away from the ball. But he has a tendency to lunge into blocks off his frame and will get overextended initially off the snap and fall off blocks. Looks natural in the open field and showcases impressive athleticism when asked to reach the second level. Displays the coordination to chip at the line and consistently hits a moving target in space. Possesses great body control in space and is consistently able to break down and hit/seal a moving target from the ball. Bulaga is very patient in pass protection and looks comfortable extending his arms into blocks, consistently getting his hands inside the frames of defenders. He does a nice job locking out at the point of attack while keeping his base down through the play. Very smooth and compact with his footwork, Bulaga displays great awareness off the snap. Exhibits a quick initial kick-step and has the range to consistently reach the corner. Gets a bit overextend with his footwork on his punch, but he possesses the athleticism to make up for a false step and quickly redirect himself back into the rush lane. Doesn't play long-armed and has a tendency to let defenders get into his frame too easily and create a push on the bull-rush. Missed some time during the 2009 season with a thyroid condition and never quite played up to expectations from a year ago. But he's a technically sound offensive lineman who has the footwork, athleticism and body control to win in the run and pass game at the next level. Looks like a guy who can walk in and start from day one at the left tackle spot.