By staff writer Daniel Stebbins @dstebbs
Austin Wentworth OT Fresno State
6’5″ 306 lbs. 5th year Senior
Started six games at RT, seven at RG as a sophomore.
Started all 13 games at LT as a junior. Blocked for RB Robbie Rouse who had nine 100 yard games and QB Derek Carr who set a Mountain West record for passing yards with 4,104. 16th in total offense for 2012. Selected first-team All-Mountain West.
Voted to 2013 preseason Mountain West All-Conference team. On preseason watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman or linebacker) and the Outland Trophy (best lineman).
Game Notes vs Boise State 2012
Pass protection: When Wentworth gets his hands on the defender on the inside it’s done (VINE). Doesn’t give up on a play even if ball going away from him and his side (VINE). Hustles to pick up up blocks, loves to hit people. Plays nasty. Saw several spins and stunts, neither of these confused him (VINE). Took great angles when needing to get outside to edge rushers. Showed great slide ability to get to the edge. Got a little lost when getting to second level.
Run blocking: most runs were draw plays so what I said above about pass blocking applies here as well. Can’t say enough how good he is when he gets his hands inside (VINE) (VINE2). Power blocking is clearly his forte as he looks almost confused when he goes to second level (VINE). Doesn’t hesitate to take up two blocks if he can (VINE).
Game Notes vs. Oregon 2012
Pass protection: This is going to seem like a brokem record but I can’t stress enough how perfect he is when he gets his hands inside the defenders chest. Dealt with spin moves very well (VINE). Shows quite a bit more range in this game as Oregon likes to send a wide variety of players to pressure the outside. Has ability to get to the edge rusher smoothly, doesn’t look choppy (VINE). Displays natural LT ability. Gave up a sack when a DB spun around him in open space, made him whif badly. Shut down Dion Jordan when the two were matched up.
Run blocking: Exhibits the strength and push needed to clear lanes regularly. Several times Wentworth would clear a lane but Rouse would run to a different spot. Like the Boise State game, many runs were Draw plays which is definitely Wentworth’s strength. Again looked a little lost when attempting to go into the second level.
What Austin Wentworth does well
Common theme with him is how great he is once he gets hands inside the defenders chest. Displays his strength by being able to anchor against anyone, even the likes of Dion Jordan (3rd overall pick in 2012). Does a great job of bending at the knees and keeping his leverage. Able to handle speed rushers by kick-sliding out using his athleticism. Has experience at RT, RG and LT but because of his combination of power and athleticism (natural bender, kick-slide) he is a LT at the next level in my opinion. Has the strength to manhandle defenders, clearing running lanes for his running back.
What Austin Wentworth needs to improve
His biggest issue to me is his lack of ability to block downfield. He has the speed to get there but he doesn’t seem to know who or how to block the defender. When I did see him get there, he whiffed miserably at the block attempt. Got fooled by a blitzing DB who spun around him and got the sack, so could use work on dealing with that.
9/20 vs. Boise State
10/26 @ San Diego State
11/29 @ San Jose State
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