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Brian Toal (OLB)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 228
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Wyckoff, NJ
High School: Don Bosco Prep
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A Parade All-American coming out of high school and a legacy recruit following his brother Greg, Brian Toal was expected to be B.C.'s next great linebacker. He was the Big East Rookie of the Year in 2004 with 77 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, but injuries have hampered his career since.

He suffered a neck injury at the end of 2006, redshirted the 2007 season after having surgery on his torn right labrum and missed most of 2008 after breaking his right leg (fibula). Typically, a player with Toal's injury history would not be on NFL teams' radars. But his potential as a linebacker (42 tackles, four for loss in six '08 games) and/or fullback (50 career carries for 146 yards and 12 touchdowns) could cause a team to draft him late on Sunday afternoon.

High School

Earned All-America honors from USA Today and Parade magazine ... selected as the 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year in New Jersey ... also gained All-America accolades from SuperPrep and Tom Lemming ... selected as the New Jersey Defensive Player of the Year by the Star-Ledger ... played linebacker and running back for the Ironmen ... played in the 2004 US Army All-American Bowl in the Alamodome in San Antonio ... was a two-time All-State first-team selection...Led Don Bosco to back-to-back NJSIAA Parochial Group 4 titles (2002 and 2003); took a screen pass 57 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 14-13 title-game victory over Bergen Catholic in 2003 ... rushed for 1,063 yards as senior; scored 32 touchdowns and recorded 194 points in 2003 ... made 106 tackles and 10.5 sacks in his final season ... his father, Greg, was his head coach ... also excelled on Don Bosco's track team; won the 100, 200 and shot put events at the league meet as a junior.

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Positives: Intelligent, instinctive, active linebacker with good straight-ahead speed. Strong in the upper and lower bodies. Plays with wild abandon; is willing to blow up fullbacks in the hole or blockers on the outside so his teammates can make the play. Scrapes down the line well, avoids trash inside and uses his hands to shed receivers to shut down quick screens. Effective blitzer due to his hustle, closing speed and secure tackling. Gets deep in his drops and closes quickly on receivers in his zone. Strong short-yardage runner, keeps his legs churning inside to get the first down or score. Experienced special teams coverage unit performer bringing determination, strength and hustle. Outside protector on punts.

Negatives: A bit smaller than scouts would like at linebacker, but adequate for a fullback. A bit stiff in the hips, and can be out-quicked by NFL receivers and running backs in space when caught leaning for the tackle. Needs to lower his pad level as a runner and secure the ball with two hands. Used mostly as a runner at fullback, and must prove he can be a receiver and sustain as a lead blocker. Medical check required due to major neck/shoulder injury issues. His constant search for contact makes his injury issues especially problematic.

Injury Report

2006: Suffered a neck injury, but played in all 13 games with six starts.

2007: Redshirted following surgery to repair his torn right labrum.

2008: Limited to six games (eight carries) due to a broken right leg (fibula).

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