player of the day
40 TIME 5.19
Pros: Very smart, has that nasty demeanor you love on the o-line. Punishing run blocker, good against the pass. Has played both OG and OT.
Cons: Needs to get stronger, and overall just work on the little details of his game.
Draft Exchange Analysis:
On Brooks: Fifth-year senior and All-America candidate who has become one of the best guards in the country ? a preseason All-America selection by Playboy and Athlon (second team) ? is one of just two first team all-conference offensive linemen (and the lone guard) who return for 2004 (FSU?s Alex Barron the other) ? shifted from tackle to guard last season while filling in at tackle when necessary ? a starter in all 37 games of his career ? a very technical blocker who has a firm grasp of the offense and blocking schemes ? gets after opponents and takes pride in finishing his blocks ... one of the most aggressive players on the team ? has good feet and ideal size for his position ? posted a 565-pound squat and benched 225 pounds 30 times in spring testing ? 695-pound squat he recorded in 2003 is second-best in school history by an offensive lineman.
2003 (Junior): Started all 13 games at left guard ... a first team All-ACC selection ... finished the year with a team-high 37 ?big blocks? while committing just one penalty and allowing just one sack in 740 plays ? (at WFU) ? posted 11 big blocks, most by any player in three years at Maryland ... had the key block on Bruce Perry?s 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as he sealed off his block creating a large hole in the left side of the line for Perry to burst through ... (vs. UVa) ? led Maryland linemen with four ?big blocks? ... (vs. UNC) ? tied for the team lead with four ?big blocks? on a team-high 71 plays ... (vs. Duke) ? had the key block on Sammy Maldonado?s rushing touchdown in the third quarter ... had two ?big blocks? ... (vs. CU) ? had the key block on Steve Suter?s end-around, allowing him to extend the gain on the play ... finished with two ?big blocks? ... (vs. WVU) ? had a key block on Bruce Perry?s longest run of the night (14 yards) ... led all linemen with a season-high six ?big blocks? on 63 plays ... (vs. The Citadel) ? recorded two ?big blocks? on 35 plays.
2002 (Sophomore): A starter in all 14 games ? started 13 games at left guard and one at left tackle (necessitated by an injury to one of his linemates) ? honorable mention All-ACC selection ... recorded a team-high 53 ?big blocks? ... (vs. WFU) ... led all offensive linemen with 79 snaps while adding five ?big blocks? ... (at UVa) ... led the team with two ?big blocks? ... had one of the key blocks on the TD caught by Chris Downs in the first quarter ... (at CU) ... second on the team with six ?big blocks? and played a team-high 79 snaps ... (vs. NCSU) ... led the team with five ?big blocks? in a team-high 56 snaps ... (at UNC) ... was the team?s second-highest graded starting offensive lineman ... second on the line with four ?big blocks? and 58 snaps played ... (at Duke) ... shifted back to his left guard spot ... was the team?s second-highest graded offensive lineman ... made a team-high five ?big blocks? and played a team-leading 53 snaps ... (vs. GT) ... first start of the season at left tackle ... was the team?s second-highest graded offensive lineman ... made six ?big blocks? ... named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts ... (vs. Akron) ... had a team-high eight ?big blocks? ... (vs. Notre Dame) ... first career start at guard resulted in him being the game?s highest graded offensive lineman.
2001 (Redshirt Freshman): Started every game including the Orange Bowl ... a third team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ? graded out as the Terps? top lineman once and the second-best lineman three times (Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech and Clemson) ... (vs. NCSU) ... started at left tackle and played 51 snaps ... (vs. Duke) ... had one of the finest games of his young career ... graded out as Maryland?s top offensive lineman along with Melvin Fowler ... registered a team-high six ?big blocks? (pancakes, downfield, etc.) ... offense averaged 7.7 yards per play and totaled 34 first downs ... had an excellent block to spring Shaun Hill for his 57-yard touchdown run ... nominated for ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week ... played 56 snaps ... (vs. WFU) ... nominee for ACC Rookie of the Week ... graded out as the Terps? third-best performer and played 66 snaps.
2000 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: A 2000 graduate of Morrow High School in Morrow, Ga. ... capped his senior season in 1999 by earning honorable mention all-state Class AAA honors and first team all-area recognition ... graded out at 84 percent during the season ... earned Atlantic Touchdown Club Player of the Week honors ... was an honorable mention all-state and an all-area selection as a junior for a team which went 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs ... also competed in track, wrestling and basketball.
Personal: Clinton Brooks, Jr. was born August 21, 1982 ... son of Mataska and Clinton Brooks, Sr. ... majoring in communications ? a Maryland scholar-athlete in 2000 and 2001.