Phil Loadholt #71 OT
Height: 6-8 Weight: 343 Age: 27
Born: 1/21/1986 Honolulu , HI
Experience: 5th season
High School: Fountain-Fort Carson HS [Fountain, CO]
Selected By: Minnesota Vikings
Pick (Overall): 22 (54)
The massive offensive tackle teamed with All-American guard Duke Robinson to give the Sooners one of the largest -- and most punishing -- offensive lines in college football.
Oklahoma went on to shatter NCAA records for scoring, as its total of 716 points topped the previous record of 656 points set by Hawaii in 2006.
Robinson delivered 14 touchdown-resulting blocks -- Loadholt chipped in with 16 -- helping the offense total 96 touchdowns for 2008, which bettered the old NCAA season record of 89 touchdowns by Nebraska in 1983. The Sooners also became the first team in collegiate annals to score 60 or more points in five straight contests, as their left tackle registered 94 knockdowns in his final season.
The Colorado native attended Fountain Fort Carson High School, where he also was a standout basketball and track and field athlete. Named the Colorado Springs Area Player of the Year as a senior, he recorded 113 tackles as a defensive lineman, adding eight touchdowns on offense as a tight end and H-back. The two-time gridiron team captain also earned All-State accolades as a junior and senior.
Loadholt led the basketball team to the state title game as a senior. He averaged 17.1 points, 11.2 rebounds and three blocked shots per game, garnering All-State recognition. He also excelled in the discus for the track team, capturing the state title.
Loadholt had originally intended to attend Louisiana State, but was a non-qualifier coming out of high school. He then enrolled at Garden City Community College, twice receiving All-American honors (2005-06). As a sophomore, he was named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Lineman of the Year. The left offensive tackle produced 93 knockdowns in 2006 and had 113 knockdowns during the 2005 season.
The recipient of Garden City's Student Support Service Award and named to the 3.0 Student Excellence List, Loadholt was rated the 17th-best overall junior college prospect in the country on Super Prep's JUCO 100 List. He was also rated the 20th-best overall prospect in the JUCO ranks by Rivals.com.
Loadholt enrolled at Oklahoma in 2007. He earned All-American honorable mention from Sports Illustrated, adding All-Big Twelve Conference first-team accolades from the Dallas Morning News and second-team recognition from the league's coaches. He started all 14 games at left offensive tackle, where the 360-pounder produced 118 key blocks/knockdowns and graded an overall 80.5% for blocking consistency. He was also credited with 13 touchdown-resulting blocks, but suffered through a rash of penalties, as he was flagged a team-high 13 times.
Loadholt received All-Big Twelve first-team honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press as a senior. He was suspended for the season opener after he was arrested in June for suspicion of driving under the influence and transporting an open beer can. He returned to start the final 13 games, receiving an 85.62% grade for blocking consistency. He led the team and the conference's offensive linemen with 16 touchdown-resulting blocks, showing more quickness at 340 pounds to record eight blocks downfield. He also showed better field awareness, reducing his penalty total from 13 in 2007 to four in his final season.