Pick 57: Meet gigantic Terrence Cody

April 23, 2010 | WNST Staff

With the 57th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Ravens selected defensive tackle Terrenc Cody from Alabama. Here is some information about the newest Ravens’ run stopper, who is a big, big man.

Cody’s wiki is below:

Terrence Bernard Cody, Jr. (born June 28, 1988[2]) is an American football nose tackle. He currently attends the University of Alabama in his senior year, where he earned the nicknamed “Mount Cody” for his gargantuan frame.[3][4] Earning consensus All-American honors consecutive times, Cody anchored one of college football’s best defenses during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Described as a “6-5, 360-plus-pound athletic anomaly”,[5] he is considered one of the rare two-gap nose tackles that NFL teams covet for their 3-4 defenses, and projected as a first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.[3][6]



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[edit] High school career

A native of Fort Myers, Florida, Cody attended Riverdale High School. As a child, he wore size-10 shoes by the age of eight, and was never eligible for the Pop Warner youth leagues because he was always over the weight limit.[7] Already 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) and 275 lb (125 kg) as a ninth-grader, Cody began playing high school football and displayed extraordinary athleticism, causing his high school coach, Scott Jones, to predict “he could be making $2 million playing in the NFL” at some point.[8] He played only two years of varsity football, as a freshman and a senior, because he struggled academically, had to help take care of his seven younger siblings and ended up “running with the wrong crowd.”[3]

After sitting out his sophomore and junior seasons, Cody dominated as a senior. In a game against North Fort Myers, he had a memorable collision with star running back Noel Devine. “Terrence hit and spun Noel Devine so hard that [Devine] was on the sideline puking,” coach Jones said.[6]

Cody was not ranked among the nation’s elite football prospects in 2006 by any recruiting service. Nonetheless he was offered athletic scholarships by the University of Miami and the University of South Florida, but could not qualify academically.[9] Cody eventually signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

[edit] College career

I haven’t seen anybody who’s a match for this guy one-on-one. Nobody playing on Saturdays, or Sundays probably.

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt.[8]

[edit] Mississippi Gulf Coast

Cody played two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Mississippi as a nose tackle. As a freshman he recorded 48 tackles with 2.5 sacks and an interception. In his sophomore year, he added 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks while anchoring a Bulldog defense that ranked number one in the state in rushing defense and total defense. Mississippi Gulf Coast finished the season with an 12–0 season record and a NJCAA Co-National Championship.[10] Cody was named to the NJCAA All-American first team.[11] He also earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com and was listed as the No. 47 junior college player in the country.[12]

Despite his dominance, he had trouble drawing scholarship offers, as his weight of 410 pounds (190 kg) scared off many teams. “A lot of people are just wary of guys that big,” Mississippi Gulf Coast coach Steve Campbell said. “You know when people say that if things seem too good to be true that they usually are. A big guy like that who’s that athletic, you just don’t believe what you’re seeing.”[6]

However, after Cody had his weight down to 385 lb (175 kg), a number of schools offered him scholarships, including Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Florida State.[13] He was heavily recruited particularly by Alabama′s Nick Saban, who was in need of a true nose tackle for his 3-4 defense.[3] Cody recalls Saban telling him, “We need a body like yours in the middle, to stop the run, to change the rhythm of the game.”[14] Cody committed to the Crimson Tide on November 29, 2007.[15]

[edit] Alabama

“Offenses have to assign two blockers to [Cody] and he routinely clogs up the middle anyway. He forces running backs into other tacklers’ arms and opens up rushing lanes for teammates.”

Cody made an immediate impact for the Crimson Tide defensive line, recording four tackles—one for loss—in a 34–10 rout of the Clemson Tigers. He and the rest of the defense also held the Tigers, which included stud running backs James Davis and C. J. Spiller, to zero net rushing yards.[17] With his presence in the middle of the Crimson Tide defensive line, Cody earned himself the nickname of “Mount Cody.”[8] By mid-season he was already considered the No. 1 nose tackle prospect for the 2009 NFL Draft by league scouts.[18]

Against Arkansas, Cody dominated Razorbacks center Jonathan Luigs—the 2007 Rimington Trophy winner—and helped the Crimson Tide to a 49–14 win. In a memorable play on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line late in the first half, Cody blasted past Luigs and left guard Wade Grayson to grab running back Michael Smith before he could reach the end zone.[6] In Alabama’s rout over Georgia at Sanford Stadium, Cody was instrumental in holding Doak Walker award candidate Knowshon Moreno to just 34 yards rushing.[19] In the seventh game of the season against Ole Miss, he received a knee injury during the third quarter[20] which sidelined him for two weeks.[21]

In the annual Iron Bowl versus rival Auburn, Cody and teammate Bobby Greenwood sacked quarterback Kodi Burns, giving Cody his first half-sack of the season. He also recovered a fumble, which set up an Alabama touchdown.[22] In the 2008 SEC Championship Game versus Florida, Cody recorded three tackles in a 31–20 loss. In the loss, the Crimson Tide allowed 142 yards rushing[23]—the second most in the 2008 season. In the season finale, he recorded one assisted tackle, while holding the Utah Utes to 13 yards rushing.[24] However, Alabama went on to lose the game 31–17, finishing the season 12–2.[25]

Alabama′s rush defense considerably improved in 2008. After giving up 128.4 rushing yards a game in 2007, the Crimson Tide only allowed 78.8 yards per game in 2008. “As far as one guy who has changed our team more than any, you’d have to go with Terrence,” offensive lineman Mike Johnson said.[3] Cody was subsequently given the team’s Defensive Achievement Award for a newcomer who has played a critical role in the effectiveness of his unit.

“Cody’s statistics may not blow you away; […b]ut he still can be the most dominant player on the field because of the double- and triple-teams opposing teams give him.”

Despite being commonly regarded as a top prospect, Cody decided to skip the 2009 NFL Draft. On Christmas Day 2008 an “announcement” on his Facebook page said that he was leaving early, but turned out to be a joke by his girlfriend.[26]

Prior to the 2009 season, Cody has dropped about 10 pounds, worked on his conditioning, and hopes to keep himself in the game on third-down passing situations. He was often replaced by Josh Chapman on passing downs in 2008.[27] Cody checked in at fall practice at 354 pounds, however Nick Saban says he needs to be down near 340 in order to become an every-down player and pass-rusher.[28] By the time Alabama plays Virginia Tech on September 5, Cody planned to be down to 345,[29][30] and eventually dropped his weight to 349.[31] Only a couple of days before the season opener, Cody and a few of his teammates were sidelined with flulike symptoms. Cody returned after a three-day absence.[32]

Cody has been named to the 2009 Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy, and Outland Trophy watch lists.[33][34][35] Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 1 defensive tackle in college football in 2009.[36] On October 14, 2009, Cody and fellow teammate Rolando McClain were announced as two of the twelve finalists for the 2009 Lombardi Award.[37] Cody was also named to The Sporting News and CBS Sports midseason college football All-American teams.[38][39]

In a game against Tennessee on October 24, Cody blocked his first two field goals of his career, including a 44-yard attempt in the game’s final seconds, to secure Alabama’s 12–10 win.[40] According to Yahoo! Sports’ national columnist Dan Wetzel, Cody earned himself Heisman Trophy consideration with his performance against the Volunteers.[16] A couple of weeks later, Mike Hiserman of the Los Angeles Times also called for Heisman consideration for Cody, describing him as “the best player on what might be college football’s top defense.”[41]

“Other than [Ndamukong] Suh, there might not be another player in college football who disrupts a game plan the way Cody does. [… He] is a wall-to-wall space occupier. It takes two, sometimes three, offensive linemen to keep him from pushing the pile into the backfield.”

On November 10, Cody was named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, alongside Jerry Hughes, Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh.[43] He is the seventh Crimson Tide player to be named a finalist and the second in a row, joining offensive tackle Andre Smith, who was a finalist for the award in 2008. Former All-American linebacker Cornelius Bennett is the only Alabama player to win the Lombardi Award, capturing the honor in 1986. However, Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh won the award.[44] On November 19, Cody joined Pat Angerer, Eric Berry, Jerry Hughes and Ndamukong Suh as the five finalists for the 2009 Nagurski Trophy,[45] but was again beat out by Suh for the award.[46] And on November 23, Cody, Brandon Spikes and Suh were announced as the three finalists for the 2009 Bednarik Award,[47] which eventually went to Suh as well.

In his two seasons at Alabama, Cody helped the Crimson Tide to lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing defense, allowing opponents a rushing average of only 78.8 and 78.1 yards per game in 2008 and 2009, respectively. No individual player reached the 100-yards rushing mark against the Crimson Tide in those two years (the closest being Anthony Dixon, who rushed for 81 yards against Alabama in 2009). Also, while Cody was not an effective pass rusher himself, his presence has done a lot to improve Alabama’s pass rush. Wrote Michael Casagrande: “The power that comes with his size typically forces opposing lines to focus two players on blocking him, thus creating favorable rushing lanes for unblocked linebackers.”[48]

Prior to the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, Cody draw awestruck praise from Texas players and coaches. “They call him Mount Cody. Mount Cody is for a reason. He plays like he’s 450 pounds. He can move like he’s Sergio Kindle,” said Longhorns guard Charlie Tanner.[49] Alabama’s defense held Texas to 81 yards rushing (more than 70 yards below their season average) on 28 attempts, and helped the Crimson Tide to their first national title since 1992.[50]

Along with Crimson Tide teammates Javier Arenas, Mike Johnson, Leigh Tiffin, and Colin Peek, Cody will participate in the 2010 Senior Bowl, the NFL audition for top senior prospects, on January 30, 2010.[51] In the Senior Bowl weigh-in at the Mobile Convention Center, Cody tipped the scales at 370 pounds, which hurt his draft status according to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.[52]

[edit] College awards and honors

[edit] College career statistics

Year GP–GS Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blocked
Solo Ast Total Loss–Yards No–Yards Int–Yards BU PD QBH Rcv–Yards FF Kick
2008 11–11 7 16 23 4.5–14 0.5–5 0–0 0 0 2 2–0 1 0
2009 14–14 12 16 28 6.0–11 0–0 0–0 1 1 3 0–0 0 2
Total 19 32 51 10.5–25 0.5–5 0–0 1 1 5 2–0 1 2

[edit] Professional career

[edit] 2010 NFL Draft

“Regardless of questions on weight or build, when you look for that 3-4 centerpiece, a guy who has the physical traits of a block-occupying clogger who will let your linebackers play with freedom, Cody’s that type of guy.”

Frequently drawing comparisons to Ted Washington and Shaun Rogers,[69][70][71] Cody is considered one of the rare two-gap nose tackles that NFL teams covet for their 3-4 defenses.[3][6] Many NFL experts therefore project Cody to be selected in the first-round of the 2010 NFL Draft.[72][73][74][75][76] One of the teams interested in Cody were his near-hometown Miami Dolphins, who lost their veteran nose tackle Jason Ferguson to injury during the 2009 season.[77]

Some pro scouts, however, are concerned about Cody’s weight and say he needs to be down to 340 pounds in order to be an effective NFL player. They have questioned whether he has the stamina to be a three-down player, or the quickness to be an effective pass rusher, at his college weight of about 360 pounds.[28][78][79] ESPN′s K. C. Joyner analysed Cody’s relative playing time in a four-game SEC stretch in October 2009 (at Kentucky, at Mississippi, vs. South Carolina, vs. Tennessee), and found that Cody was in the Alabama defensive lineup on only 122 of 281 plays.[80] But Joyner also found that Cody drew an impressively high amount of double-teams (63.6 percent, compared to Albert Haynesworth‘s 2007 double-team mark of 51.3 percent) in that span.[80]

At the 2010 Senior Bowl, Cody disappointed a lot of NFL scouts when he weighed in at 370 pounds, 16 above his official weight according to the 2009 Alabama media guide.[81] In the game, however, Cody “moved pretty well for a 370-pound behemoth” and used “his hands well to create a little space to get penetration”.[82] He finished with 1.5 tackles for loss.[83] At the NFL combine, Cody weighed in at 354 pounds, but according to Mike Mayock he is still not worthy of a first-round pick.[84] Cody worked out at API in Pensacola, Florida, along with Sam Bradford, Jason Worilds, and former Alabama teammates Mike Johnson and Roy Upchurch.[85] He made pre-draft visits to the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Jets, the San Diego Chargers, and the Kansas City Chiefs.[85][86]

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Cody was selected 57th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

[edit] Personal

By his own admission, Cody grew up poor. His mother worked two jobs, as a traveling nurse and a bus driver, to care for him and his seven younger siblings.[9] His parents were not married, but his father, a construction worker, was a big part of his life until he died in a car accident when Cody was 11.[3] At the end of his junior year of high school, Cody moved in with the family of a high school teammate, Jason Milliken.[3]

In his two years at Alabama, Cody has become the Tide’s most popular player because of his outsized personality and body. Says quarterback Greg McElroy: “He’s an enjoyable person to have on our team, have in the locker room, and (he) has great charisma. He has fun when he plays the game, and that’s a big reason why he’s so popular.”[89]