Pittsburgh Steelers LB Coach Keith Butler talks about his newest player LB Rian Wallace and listen…
Steelers Newest OLB Rian Wallace
Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 241 40: 4.65 Year: 4Jr
Bio: Led the team in tackles as a junior, with 101 and named All Conference. Sophomore totals included 148 tackles and 19.5 tackles for loss.
Positives: Productive collegiate linebacker with good upside for the next level. Reads the action, remains disciplined and fights to make plays. Efficient, takes good angles and displays solid sideline-to-sideline range. Moves well to the flanks yet at the same time quick filling gaps up the field. Redirects to the ball carrier and wraps up tackling. Stays with pass cover assignments, displays good first step quickness as well as a burst of speed to the action.
Negatives: Not strong at the point of attack, slow getting off blocks and has tackles broken. Did not display a sense of urgency last season and seemingly did not attack assignments.
Analysis: A productive collegiate linebacker with good size, Wallace nicely projects to a number of positions in the NFL. Has the abilities to start, yet must get his game back on track and continue to progress off what was a fine sophomore season in 2003.
A First-Team All-Big East member in 2004, Wallace finished with 101 stops and 5.5 TFLs...Earned Second-Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore, posting 148 stops, 19.5 TFLs and six broken up passes...Ranked second in the Big East and sixth nationally in total tackles (12.33 per game)...Started seven of Temple's 12 games as a freshman, tallying 76 tackles and 6.5 TFLs...Led all Big East freshmen linebackers with an average of 6.3 tackles per game...Excellent size, speed, quickness and strength, with outstanding instincts and playmaking ability...Can play both inside and outside, with outstanding pursuit and ball hawking skills...Needs to improve his upper body strength and put some off-the-field and durability issues behind him...His upside and ability to be a contributor at the next level is unquestionable.
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