Thursday, March 25, 2010
Profile: Ndamukong Suh
By Kevin Seifert
If you haven't already, make sure you check out Elizabeth Merrill's ESPN.com profile of Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, perhaps the leading candidate to be selected No. 2 overall by Detroit. Merrill describes Suh as an intense, unsmiling and focused draft prospect. She also offers this anecdote about the way he elevated his work habits after deciding to return for another season at Nebraska last year:
The 6-4, 307-pounder did so well that the entire state held its collective breath that winter, when there were rumblings that Suh might turn pro. The Pelinis never really believed that would happen -- Suh was smarter than that, Bo thought -- but the coach nonetheless made a trip to Portland to talk with the big fella and his family. Suh told the coach that he was staying, that there still was a lot to learn and games to be won.
What happened next surprised even the Pelinis. Suh was always locked in and focused. But now it was as if football -- and preparing for the NFL -- was a full-time job with 30 hours overtime. He would meet with Carl Pelini once a week, for at least an hour, and talk about every defensive position on the field. Suh wanted to understand how everything worked, how everything affected the entire scheme.
Make sure you check it out.