Uzzi was previously named a first-team honoree on the All-ACC Team selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA), his third-consecutive mention on that team. The Lithonia (Ga.) product was a first-team selection in 2011 and a second-team pick as a sophomore in 2010.
Uzzi and the offensive line have helped the Yellow Jacket offense average 312.5 yards rushing per game, which ranks fourth nationally. Tech averages more than 440 yards of total offense and 34 points per game. - Georgia Tech football
He was considered a four-star recruit and received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn and Georgia, but instead decided to stay close to home (Georgia Tech is only 20 minutes from his high school).
After redshirting in 2008, Uzzi played in 12 games as a back-up in 2009 before becoming a starter for every game as a sophomore, earning Second Team All-ACC honors. He started 12 games last year as a junior, earning First Team All-ACC and All-American honors. Uzzi missed the bowl game and was forced to sit out all of spring ball because of injury, but is expected to be healthy for the 2012 season opener.
Impact pass-blocker when he's able to get his arms extended and hands inside his opponents' pads. Flashes a light, fluid kick-slide in protection, and exhibits suddenness to redirect with rusher. Quick, punchy hands to keep rushers out of his chest. Possesses good flexibility in his lower half. Strong initial pop on contact to knock his opponent back. Targets decisively and is able to engage and disengage consecutive opponents without losing momentum on the run.
WEAKNESSES: Only average size for the position. Much more of a "quick" athlete than a powerful one, and is susceptible to the bull rush if he plants his feet. Doesn't consistently absorb impact with his lower half, and will try to out-muscle his opponent too frequently. Will stop moving his feet in pass-protection and seemingly allow defenders to run right by him. Seems that the game is simply moving too fast for him in passing situations at times, and struggles to be decisive on blitz pickups. Overextends frequently off the line - sometimes by design when cut-blocking, other times he simply bends at the waist and loses his footing.
COMPARES TO: Jahri Evans, OG, New Orleans Saints - Though a bit smaller than Evans, Uzzi's instincts, strength and athleticism as a run-blocker remind me of the three-time All Pro, and the two even appear to share some of the same struggles as pass-blockers. Like Evans in 2006, I could see Uzzi flying under the radar for the first few rounds considering Georgia Tech's limited offense, but he too could prove to be a steal as an immediate-impact run blocker with Day One starting potential.