Kory Lichtensteiger #78 C
Height: 6-2 Weight: 295 Age: 31
Born: 3/22/1985 Van Wert , OH
College: Bowling Green State
Experience: 8th season
High School: Crestview HS [Convoy, OH]
Selected By: Denver Broncos
Pick (Overall): 9 (108)
Lichtensteiger's ability to excel at center or offensive guard is leading to comparisons to Jacksonville's Brad Meester. The Bowling Green team captain has a devastating hand punch and placement to consistently sustain his blocks and shows the nimble feet to get out in front consistently, neutralizing second-level defenders in the ground game.
At Crestview High School, Lichtensteiger earned All-Northwest Conference first-team honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman. He was selected that conference's Lineman of the Year as both a junior and senior. He was also named to the All-Ohio and All-District teams in each of his last two seasons and was chosen District Lineman of the Year in 2002.
Lichtensteiger registered 100 tackles with six sacks during his junior campaign. As a senior, he produced 125 more tackles, including eight sacks. He finished his career with four letters in both football and basketball. The talented lineman also performed in the weight categories for the school's track team.
Lichtensteiger enrolled at Bowling Green in 2003, spending that season performing on the scout team as a center. He shifted to offensive guard, starting all 12 games on the left side. He would go on to start all 44 games in which he appeared for the Falcons. As a freshman, he was named to the Football Writers' Association Freshman All-American team. He added All-Mid American Conference second-team honors, as he made 94 key blocks/knockdowns, including 15 that led to BGSU touchdowns, finishing with an 85.5% grade for blocking consistency.
As a sophomore, Lichtensteiger was again named to the All-MAC second-team. He helped the offense average 427.7 yards per game in total offense, as he started 11 times at left offensive guard. He paced the offensive line with 12 touchdown-resulting blocks, coming up with 90 key blocks en route to grading 84.36%.
Lichtensteiger shifted to center as a junior in 2006. He quickly acclimated to his new position, delivering 92 key blocks/knockdowns, with 10 of them leading to Falcons' touchdowns. He earned All-MAC first-team and Academic All-Conference honors and shared team MVP accolades with Devon Parks. Behind the center's trap blocks, the rushing attack led the conference, averaging 176.7 yards per game on the ground.
As a senior, Lichtensteiger registered 16 touchdown-resulting blocks through the team's first nine games. He posted 76 knockdowns and provided outstanding pass protection, as the Falcons improved their aerial attack to 300.1 yards per game from 169.1 yards the previous season.
Lichtensteiger boasts a string of 44 consecutive starts, lining up at left offensive guard for his first 23 games before shifting to center for the next 19 contests. He has collected 352 key blocks/knockdowns, including 53 that led to BGSU touchdowns. He delivered 28 of those blocks downfield and leads all of college football's active centers with a career blocking consistency grade of 85.45%.