Indeed, Vea’s 2017 numbers were pedestrian (44 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks), but that didn’t stop Pac-12 head coaches from voting him the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. But the attribute that should entice NFL general managers is Vea’s fundamental immovability. “Suh, obviously has been a great player in the league for a very long time. “We’re always running to the ball,” Vea says, “so Pete doesn’t yell at us.”, A few days before Washington faced Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl, Vea’s final college game, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin had some advice for his upcoming opponent: “It probably makes sense for him just to declare to the NFL now,” Franklin joked. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. In doing so, he set the all-time combine record for the fastest 40-yard dash, ... — Vita Vea, 347 pounds — Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) March 3, 2018. When Nick Harris arrived at Washington in the summer of 2016, he saw the continent wearing No. He also engages in the very good habit—unusual for someone so big—of running to the ball on every play. The browser you are using is no longer supported on this site. Jeff and Scott nearly get Jordan Whitehead (35:40 mark)Â in trouble with the coaches but still dive into his big interception Sundayâ¦The Dogs also discuss the nuances of dropped passes and answer fan questions about the Bucs that got away, The Salty Dogs break down the Saints game, then Jeff makes rookie tackle Tristan Wirfs (32:15)Â go through his cupboards and Scott goes through practice squad rules for the 20th time. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For offensive coaches the 350-pound defensive lineman is the stuff of nightmares, versatile enough to play across the defensive line, powerful enough to devour double teams, and fast enough to chase plays down from behind.
section: | slug: 347-pound-vita-vea-wants-john-ross-to-know-the-40-yard-dash-records-going-down | sport: football | route: article_single.us | See for yourself: Vea probably could have talked his way into a steady role in Washington’s offense. In case you're wondering, this is Vita Vea: Yes, that is a 347-pound defensive tackle prospect talking smack about a record that has never been held by anyone other than a skill position player. He didn’t come into his own until his redshirt sophomore year in 2016.
But to the linebackers who will run free behind him—and sometimes lose the race to the ball to him—he’ll be invaluable. “So this is what college D-linemen look like,” Harris thought to himself, resigned to spending the next four years slamming into a series of human brick walls. In McGuire’s mind, Vea has already entered select company. “If he doesn’t push you back, that’s a win.” As a redshirt junior in 2017, Vea seemed more technically proficient, and his increased knowledge of opposing offenses allowed Kwiatkowski to move him around more. Click play and scroll to the 1:16 mark. Those two were dominant, but Vea’s ability to play anywhere on the line made it nearly impossible to create a game plan for him that wouldn’t get blown up when he moved from nose to end between plays or—on the occasions Kwiatkowski called for a twist stunt—he covered all that ground during a play. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. He didn’t qualify academically after graduating high school in 2013, so he delayed his enrollment at Washington until 2014. And that made life miserable for the freshman who attempted to block him in practice. Vita Vea joins Jeff and Scott (31:18) to talk about the call that caught him by surprise, his favorite Reggie-White inspired pass-rush move and more. Andrew Adams (25:30), joins Jeff and Scott to talk about his game in Detroit and explain how safeties are the true quarterbacks of the defense. He even let him throw once—with disastrous results. buc15 Says: October 9th, 2020 at 10:59 am. While coaching at Texas Tech a decade ago, McGuire’s players had to face Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy. Patrick O'Connor (30:29) joins the Dogs and talks about the mindset of a special teams player, while Jeff takes over as Australia's Minister of Tourism and Scott talks about a battle of two Mikes. Ndog Says: October 9th, 2020 at 11:00 am. 6-keys: media/spln/nfl/reg/free/stories, at Could Vea run and lift himself into the top 10? The dogs talk â and talk and talk â about the win in L.A., until (29.58) special guest Chris Godwin joins in to restore some order. King let Vea play some quarterback in 2009. He’s taking up two or three.”. Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Jeff and Scott talk to rookie OLB Anthony Nelson (34:07)Â about his football family and transition to the NFL, talk about the Tennessee game and play-calling and finally get to the bottom of Pound-Gate. “It looks like an NFL running back against a Pop Warner front seven,” Harris says. He moved so well that coach Kelly King played him at outside linebacker on defense. That he developed pass rush moves beyond the obvious bull rush is a plus, but even if he hadn’t, his most basic skills would still be incredibly valuable. Something tells me that this guy has a harder road ahead of him. With all the players gone for the bye week, Jeff and Scott meander through a winding discussion about France, Chicago food, false equivalencies, travel challengesâ¦oh, and Bucs football! “Something’s wrong here.” That’s probably what UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen thought this past season when he squirted through the line of scrimmage expecting a much bigger gain only to have Vea trip him up from behind. Top five? Schedule changes mean a second show with no player guests but Jeff and Scott fill the time with talk about Vita Vea, penalties, fourth-down gambles, unsung Bucs, … They also voted for him because they spent game weeks wondering if he’d toss their offensive linemen into a handoff or chase down their tailbacks from behind. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari.
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Jeff and Scott discuss current Buc events until (27:45)Â special guest Will Gholston shows up to teach them the difference between a city fumble and a country fumble, and why wrestling is a great sport for young football players. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more.
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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Payne caught a touchdown pass against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. On offense? But once his hands get into a blocker’s chest, Vea’s gap is secure. Jeff and Scott chat with rookie WR Scotty Miller, (25:27) about his draft experience and transition to the NFL, and also touch on such subjects as JPP, Publix subs and the Titans. Vea was still raw, but his power and speed were unmistakable. Bucs Team Reporter Casey Phillips drops by and spends the entire hour with the Dogs, as all three review the 2019 season and pick their team MVPs. He’s poised to put on a show at the combine, and ready to make his move up draft boards, © 2020 ABG-SI LLC. With Qualls and Gaines also in the rotation that year, Washington’s opponents had to decide whom to double-team. King occasionally played him at tight end and on both lines of scrimmage, but Vea kept taking handoffs even as he approached 300 pounds. OH. Jeff and Scott unpack current Bucs events and then sit back and relax (26:23) as TE Codey McElroy tells the best story of the Salty Dogs' entire season. @UW_Football WR @WatchJRoss runs 4.22u 40-yard dash. “It gets kind weird when you look at that film and you see a 340-pounder running with a 200-pound linebacker and we get to the ball at the same time,” Washington linebacker Keishawn Bierria says. Harris delighted in watching video of his monstrous teammate toting the ball as a high-schooler.
Alabama used likely first-round defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne as a goal-line fullback and as a pass-catching H-back. When he does get free, he can get knocked off track by blockers with a head of steam. Shortly after that, UCLA’s left guard tried to pass off a stunting Vea to the left tackle, and Vea blew through both blockers and buried Rosen for a sack. “He’s 6' 5" and 350 pounds and he’s as explosive as a 230-pound linebacker.” Harris learned to grade himself on a curve against Vea. Jeff and Scott complete the Class of '19 set with Mike Edwards (28:20) and talk about position flexibility, a certain Cincy delicacy and that "San Diego Moment". “His stats don’t tell the story of how destructive he is,” says Texas assistant Clay McGuire, who coached Washington State’s offensive line for the past six seasons and faced Vea three times. His speed is merely a bonus; Vea excels at football’s most basic level. Salty Dog guest Quinton Bell (37:00 mark) explains how a 210-pound college receiver can end up playing edge rusher in the NFL, while Scott and Jeff discuss practice squad rules, driving records and getting into almost, sort-of close proximity with Tom Brady. The Trojans’ quarterback and tailback botched a handoff, and the ball bounced into the hands of Wilcox safety Delshawn Mitchell. “He told me he was a wildcat quarterback,” King says. No defensive lineman has brought this combination of size, speed and strength to Indianapolis since Dontari Poe in 2012, but Vea was much more accomplished at Washington than Poe was at Memphis. 2: Vea in Dallas? “Too many guys would be going for my legs. MY. “It was the first time ever that we’ve ever had to adjust a protection during a game for one player,” McGuire said. Jeff and Scott are joined by WR Justin Watson (29:45), who breaks down his TD catch and explains how some advice from Josh Cribbs led him to returning punts in the NFL.
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