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Gerald Cadogan (OL)
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 309
College: Penn St.
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: Portsmouth, OH
High School: Portsmouth
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Overview

Cadogan developed into one of the sound blocking technicians in the country, emerging in his senior year as a player who can add to the university's impressive record of producing solid pro offensive lineman.


While his exploits on the football field are impressive, he is also the 36th player in the Joe Paterno era to garner Academic All-American honors and only the sixth to receive that prestigious honor twice in a career (2006, '08).


The three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference and Academic All-District II choice received a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the 2007 fall semester. With a full plate of football, academics and community outreach, he has still managed to excel with a double-major of Rehabilitation Services and Psychology, boasting a cumulative 3.68 grade point average for his career.


At Portsmouth High School, Cadogan served as team captain for both the football and swimming teams. He lettered in track and basketball. The Associated Press named him an All-State first-team selection after he registered 94 knockdown blocks during his senior campaign. After that season, he was selected to play in the 2004 Big 33 Classic and the Ohio North-South All-Star game.


Cadogan was a two-time All-Conference choice by the Youngstown Vindicator and was a finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman Trophy. He added the Portsmouth Daily Times Sportsman of the Year Award and was named the Ohio News Network Student Athlete of the Week. As a junior, he was named MVP of the swim team.


Cadogan enrolled at Penn State in 2004, performing on the scout team. He was a reserve left offensive tackle in 2005, playing in four games behind All-American Levi Brown. As a sophomore, he shared left guard duties with Robert Price, starting five of the team's first six games before sitting out the Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee.


Brown having graduated, Cadogan shifted to left tackle in 2007. The All-Big Ten Conference choice registered 71 knockdowns, as his 16 touchdown-resulting blocks were the second-best total in the league, topped only by Michigan's All-American tackle Jake Long (17), who was the first pick of the 2008 NFL Draft by Miami.


Cadogan was dominant as a senior. He joined Wisconsin All-American offensive tackle Joe Thomas (2006) as the only offensive linemen in league history to record seven blocking consistency grades of 90% or better in 2008. He led the team with an 89.54% blocking grade, producing 106 knockdowns/key blocks and 23 touchdown-resulting blocks.


High School

Attended Portsmouth (Oh.) High School, playing football for head coach Curt Clifford...Served as team captain for both the football squad and swimming teams...Also lettered in track and basketball...The Associated Press named him an All-State first-team gridiron selection after he registered 94 knockdown blocks during his senior campaign...After that season, he was selected to play in the 2004 Big 33 Classic and the Ohio North-South All-Star game...Two-time All-Conference choice by the Youngstown Vindicator and was a finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman Trophy...Added the Portsmouth Daily Times Sportsman of the Year Award and was named the Ohio News Network Student Athlete of the Week...As a junior, he was named MVP of the swim team....Graduated third in his class with a 3.81 grade point average.


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Analysis

Strengths: Strong in the lower body, can get under the pads of taller defensive ends to drive them back. Has the length and anchor to keep defenders at bay in pass protection. Quick to cut his end on rush plays and screen passes. Gives great effort in the open field, and will latch onto defenders or just put a hand on them to widen the running lane. Plays with an attitude.


Weaknesses: Only adequate height and bulk for the left tackle position, and may move inside at the next level. Lacks the quick feet for outside pass protection. Inconsistent with his initial quickness off the snap. Loses his balance in pass protection and blocking on the second level because he overextends. Not consistently effective on pulls, and misses targets in space due to his heavy-footedness.


Injury Report

No injuries reported, but did not play in the 2006 Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee.


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