Originally Posted by tony hipchest
good article. the more i read about weddle the more i want him to be a steeler.
Weddle accepted a scholarship to the University of Utah where he went on to see action in all 12 games as a true freshman. He started 9 games at right cornerback that season, finishing with 60 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception, and 3 pass break-ups. He was named academic all-MWC, as well as numerous freshman all-American teams following the season.
As a sophomore, Eric moved to strong safety, starting 11 games, missing one due to a knee injury. He totaled 75 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions, and 5 pass break-ups on his way to second team all-MWC honors.
His junior season was a breakout year for Weddle. After moving back to cornerback, he finished with 78 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 12 pass break-ups on the year. His 16 passes defensed were the most in the Mountain West Conference. He returned 24 punts for 154 yards (6.4 avg) on special teams. He was named first team all-conference and Mountain West defensive player of the year. He finished off the season by being named defensive MVP of the Emerald Bowl after holding Calvin Johnson to 2 catches for 19 yards.
He is a very versatile player, starting at cornerback and safety. He returned punts for two years and even lined up at receiver and running back from time to time. His combination of size and speed allows him to cover just about any receiver that lines up against him. He has good hands and is a threat to take it all the way after the interception. Against San Diego State, Eric had 3 interceptions, taking all 3 back for touchdowns. Eric is a tough, aggressive run defender and a hard hitter. He has been used quite often on the blitz and has proven to be effective getting to the quarterback. Eric also has served as a punt returner on special teams which will only add to his draft day value. Eric Weddle is a versatile player who could project free safety, strong safety, or cornerback at the next level. He should be a first day pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.