Under head coach Paul Johnson, the Yellow Jackets have become best known for their use of the triple option offense. When Johnson took the Tech job after leading the Naval Academy to five bowl games in six seasons, people wondered how his system would work in the ACC. Four bowl appearances later, no one’s asking those questions anymore – partially due to linemen like athletic, intelligent linemen like Uzzi executing his blocking scheme.
Uzzi (pronounced “ooze-E”, first name "o-more-gay") was one of the top high school guards in the country coming out of Georgia, playing in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He redshirted in 2008, and then played in 12 games as a reserve in Johnson’s first year on campus. Uzzi earned second-team All-ACC notice as a 12-game starter in his sophomore season, and then moved up to the first team in both his junior and senior seasons.
Athletic guard who possesses sturdy, low center-of-gravity build to keep leverage against larger tackles. Quickness off the snap is a major asset, can reach-block effectively and ride penetrating three-techs out of the hole. Practiced cut-blocker in Tech’s system, gets down quickly and usually takes out the legs from his man to stop them from attacking plays. Gets to linebackers at the second level and safeties at the third, as well as linemen, due to the explosion out of his stance. Recovers well if missing his cut, gets up quickly for a man his size. Displays agile footwork in pass pro, shows quickness to help center with the nose tackle then move out to aid tackle on inside rushes.
A bit undersized for some coaches and scouts. Not a pure drive blocker, though he can get movement with quickness off the snap when staying low on head-up blocks. Must prove his ability to anchor and stay upright while engaged in a pro-style blocking scheme (ends up on the ground too often). Hands fall dead in pass pro at times, needs to be more active with them. Needs to do a better job of staying on blocks when he reaches the second level.
Georgia Tech’s triple-option attack utilizes athletic linemen like Uzzi in a cut-blocking scheme most defenses hate to come up against. But Uzzi has enough size and quickness off the snap to make the move to be effective in a zone-based NFL scheme, making him a worthwhile mid-to-late round pick for a team valuing those sort of movement skills above pure brute strength.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.