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Joey Haynos (TE)
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 262
College: Maryland
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: Rockville, MD
High School: Gonzaga College
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Another product of the Terrapins' renowned training room, Joey Haynos, a former walk-on at Maryland, spurned basketball scholarship offers from other universities to join the Terps' football program in 2003.

He developed from a lanky 215-pound freshman to a vital cog in the team's offensive attack. He was the starting tight end at Maryland the last two years and his rare combination of size, strength and pass -catching ability made him an ideal replacement for former Mackey Award winner, Vernon Davis, a first-round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers in 2006.

Haynos was a standout basketball player at Gonzaga College High School, having received scholarship offers from Campbell and Coastal Carolina after his senior season. He was a versatile performer for the football team, starting as a linebacker and tight end as a senior. That season, he caught 30 passes for 375 yards and a touchdown, earning first-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors, as he led the team to the WCAC title with a 10-0 record. He also saw action at wide receiver as a sophomore and as a quarterback during his freshman campaign.

Upon graduating from high school, Haynos decided to walk on at Maryland, turning down scholarship offers from Catholic University and Towson. He spent the 2003 campaign as a member of the Terps' scout team. In '04, he appeared in eight games, where he was used strictly as a blocker in two-tight end formations. He finished the year with the second-highest blocking consistency grade among the team's receivers.

As a sophomore in 2005, Haynos competed in nine games behind Davis. He only caught one pass for the season -- good for a 3-yard touchdown. With Davis leaving school early, Haynos earned the starting assignment in 2006. He went on to earn All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention, as he finished second on the team with 37 receptions for 369 yards (10-yard average) and three touchdowns. He also gained seven yards on one kickoff return while starting six of 13 games.

In '07, Haynos started six of the team's 12 regular-season games. He again ranked second on the squad, grabbing 27 passes for 287 yards (10.6-yard average). He returned one kickoff for eight yards, recorded a solo tackle and recovered a fumble. He also showed marked improvement as a blocker, posting 61 key blocks and knockdowns, including six that led to Maryland touchdowns.

In 42 games at Maryland, Haynos started 12 contests. He snatched 55 passes for 659 yards (11.98-yard average) and four touchdowns, adding 15 yards on two kickoff returns. He made one solo tackle and recovered a fumble. In his two seasons as a starter, he registered 119 key blocks/knockdowns, with 11 touchdown-resulting blocks.

High School

Attended Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Kenny Lucas...Started as a linebacker and tight end as a senior...That season, he snared 30 passes for 375 yards and a touchdown, earning first-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors, as he led the team to the WCAC title with a 10-0 record...Also saw action at wide receiver as a sophomore and as a quarterback during his freshman campaign...Was a standout basketball player who received scholarship offers from Campbell and Coastal Carolina after his senior year.

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Positives: Has a rare-sized frame, with long, lean limbs, very large hands and room to add at least another 15 pounds of bulk without having the additional weight impact his quickness...Has decent upper-body muscle development, showing a fluid running stride to get into his patterns cleanly...Has the straight-ahead speed, arm extension and power to defeat the jam and prevent the defender from impeding his route...Flashes the initial quickness needed to get off the snap to gain advantage...Has the leg drive to generate additional yardage breaking arm tackles after the catch...Physical route-runner with the power to dominate larger defensive linemen and the has the short-area burst to separate from linebackers on underneath routes...Despite his tall frame, he does a good job of sinking his weight and keeping a good pad level to make proper body adjustments going for the ball in flight...High-intensity player who seals the corner with authority and has the range to get out and lead on sweeps...Uses his size well to shield the ball from defenders and shows no flinch going up for the ball in a crowd...Very tough and assertive going for the ball in traffic...Has a nice feel for the short area, adjusts to uncover and uses his arms to prevent the defenders from mirroring his moves...Smart, instinctive route-runner who runs crisp patterns, showing the body control to time his moves in the open...Very alert of the sideline and has enough acceleration to separate from the second-level defenders after the catch...Quick breaking off his routes when the quarterback is flushed out of the pocket...Uses his long running stride to gain advantage over the slower linebackers in the open field...Has the strength to fight through press coverage and makes sharp cuts out of his routes in the short area...Uses his hands efficiently to gain separation from the defender, fighting aggressively to stay open...Has a great work ethic and is a product of the Terps' weight room, adding more than 50 pounds to his frame since arriving on campus...Comes out of his stance with a fluid motion and has shown much better hand punch to shock and jolt the initial defender when releasing off the line...Has also improved his plant-and-drive agility, demonstrating sharper cuts out of his breaks as a senior than he did earlier in his career...Runs good crossing patterns, seams and short, inside routes with functional playing speed...Has the soft hands to catch outside his body's frame...Maintains good body control tracking the ball in flight and makes defenders fight for the ball as he uses his impressive reach to haul down the pass at its highest point...Uses his size to his advantage when going over the middle, doing a nice job of shielding the defenders from the ball...Bends his knees and keeps his feet moving shuffling back in pass protection, as he also shows alertness to the defender's position when dropping back in pass protection...Position-type blocker with a wide leg base and good balance...Shows the vision at the second level to be effective as a cut blocker, as he can position, change direction and sustain with good body flexibility...Will consistenly uproot the defender while firing low off the snap as a drive blocker...Shows the ability to reach and shield the opponents downfield.

Negatives: Has a rare-sized frame, but shows just adequate lower-body muscle development and strength...Does a good job of sinking his hips, but due to his tall frame, he looks a bit stiff when changing direction and will sometimes lose leverage as a blocker...Is good when he keeps his pads down, but when he gets too tall in his stance, his base narrows...Has improved his hand punch to counter the press, but needs to continue adding upper-body strength in order to defeat the jam at the pro level (needs better power to post up on the pro defender)...Has also shown marked improvement with his hand placement when blocking as a senior, but earlier in his career, he struggled some keeping those hands inside his framework and, when he got his hands too wide and narrowed his base, he was susceptible to the bull rush due to leverage issues.

Compares To: BEN UTECHT-Indianapolis...Haynos is a better position blocker than Utecht, but like the Colts' tight end, he has the long reach, large hands and body control to secure a catch in a crowd. Haynos uses his size to shield the ball from defenders and with his long running stride, he creates a mismatch for safeties attempting to cover him when running up the seam. He struggles some to gain leverage blocking in-line due to his size, but compensates with a strong hand punch and good hand placement. He works the sideline better than most college tight ends, showing urgency getting to the off-target throws and the reach and field awareness to make sideline catches seem routine.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

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Q & A

Growing up, who was your favorite NFL player and why?
Redskins. They are my hometown team.
In college, what player hit you the hardest? Who was the recipient of your best hit?
Antoine Barnes, Linebacker from Boston College.
What TV-show marathon will keep you on the couch all day?
The Wire
What are the five most-played songs in your iPod? What's the one song you hope nobody ever finds out is in your iPod?
Ophelia -- The Band; Caravan -- Van Morrison; Enter Sandman -- Metallica; The weight -- The Band; Push it -- Rick Ross.
What celebrity would play you in the movie version of your life and why?
Ethan Hawke. He can be funny and serious. Both necessary when playing me.
What is one thing your teammates don't know about you?
I enjoy a good book.
What reality TV show would you like to be on and why?
The Amazing Race, because it is really intense and I would get to travel around the world.
What's your proudest moment in football? Proudest moment off the field?
Driving down the field in the last two minutes to beat Clemson on a last second field goal. Seeing my brother graduate from high school and my sister from Maryland.
Who has been the biggest influence on your football career and how?
My brother. He was not able to play because of a medical condition, so I play for him. He taught me to take nothing for granted.