03/28/2013 - 2013 Virginia Pro Day: Oday Aboushi might have to move from tackle to guard in NFL...Representatives from 24 NFL teams gathered at Virginia's pro day on March 13, where 12 players went through a workout indoors on FieldTurf at a brand-new facility on the school's campus. Oday Aboushi, OT (6-foot-5 3/8, 310 pounds) - Aboushi - who was at the NFL Scouting Combine - ran the 40-yard dash in 5.41 and 5.42 seconds. He performed 21 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. He's strong, but probably will need to be moved inside to play guard in the NFL. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
02/27/2013 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 2. Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia...Considered one of the top senior offensive tackles in the draft by some, Aboushi has a strong resume as a three-year starter at left tackle for the Cavaliers. However, his tape is average with some holes that could limit his NFL ceiling. It also didn't help his case that Aboushi struggled at the combine during agility and positional drills. He finished near the bottom of every category for offensive linemen, including the bench press (17 reps,t-42nd among offensive linemen), 40-yard dash (5.45, 41st), vertical leap (23 1/2 inches, t-34th), broad jump (8'4", t-26th), 20-yard shuttle (4.84, 30th) and 3-cone drill (7.92, 32nd). Although he still has a place at the next level, Aboushi's lackluster combine workout will knock him a few notches down the board. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/23/2013 - Aboushi's best traits -- his physicality and aggression -- make him a better fit on the right side. Here, he consistently controlled BYU defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated defensive player playing in the Senior Bowl. And this was against the pass. When run blocking, Aboushi's powerful hands and relentlessness consistently knocked defenders off the ball. He also showed better-than-expected quickness in releasing off of double teams and getting to the second level.
"One of the reasons why I play this game is because you get to beat up on people without getting into trouble," Aboushi told NFLDraftScout.com. "I love finishing plays, I love dominating opponents, I love making opponents give up and surrender to your will."
Considering that power football is the recipe that helped Alabama win the national championship and has pushed the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens into the Super Bowl, every team in the league is looking for physically combative blockers with this type of mind-set. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/23/2013 - Offensive linemen rarely get the attention they deserve, and that is likely to be the case this week, as well. While the South's quarterbacks and "skill position" players were showered with interview requests following practice, most of the offensive linemen were quickly ushered off the field toward the buses. This, despite the fact that many of them have proven to be some of the more impressive prospects on the field. The physicality shown by Virginia tackle Oday Aboushi, among others, certainly captured the attention of NFL talent evaluators in the stands.
Asked to alternate between left and right tackle throughout the day, Aboushi protected his quarterback and consistently cleared lanes for the South's running backs. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Aboushi is surprisingly athletic, demonstrating enough lateral agility and flexibility to handle the South's top pass rushers. He surrendered just one "sack" throughout the entire practice, when Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington beat him with a quick inside move after initially lining up quite wide. Washington, however, might be the closest thing the South defense has to a true speed rusher. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: OT-Oday Aboushi, Virginia, 6-6, 310, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y. (13), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team.
Aboushi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earned an early selection to the 2013 Senior Bowl roster, an honor as one of the top players in the country at his position. Aboushi graded out over 90 percent in all 12 games, including 97 percent against Miami and 94 percent against Penn State - UVa's two come-from-behind victories that included game-winning TD drives in the closing minutes. He averaged 10+ knockdown blocks per game. A second-team All-ACC pick in 2011, Aboushi was also named the Touchdown Club of Richmond's Offensive Lineman of the Year. - Virginia football
12/02/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): OT-Oday Aboushi, Virginia (53)...has been named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Aboushi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earns his second All-ACC nod after the left tackle was a second-team All-ACC honoree in 2011. He also earned an early selection to the 2013 Senior Bowl roster, an honor as one of the top players in the country at his position. Aboushi graded out over 90 percent in all 12 games, including 97 percent against Miami and 94 percent against Penn State - UVa's two come from behind victories that included game-winning TD drives in the closing minutes. He averaged 10+ knockdown blocks per game. - Virginia football
11/06/2012 - Week 10 Rewind: Pair of ACC Stars' Stock Heading in Opposite Directions: There are, perhaps, other offensive tackles in this draft class with greater upside but Aboushi's relative pro-readiness will be highly valued by top NFL decision-makers and could earn the Cavalier standout a similar grade as the one Kelechi Osemele earned a year ago out of Iowa State. The Baltimore Ravens wound up selecting the 6-6, 333 pound Osemele in the second round (60th overall) in April. He's since started all seven games for the Ravens as a rookie -- all of them on the right side after starring at left tackle for the Cyclones. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/06/2012 - Week 10 Rewind: Pair of ACC Stars' Stock Heading in Opposite Directions: While NC State's star struggled, Virginia's top prospect once again impressed. Perhaps due to the fact that the Cavaliers have been mired in a disappointing season, senior left tackle Oday Aboushi hasn't generated much hype outside of the ACC. That's a shame, because like the quarterbacks class, the 2013 crop of senior offensive tackles leaves a lot to be desired, especially following the season-ending injury to North Carolina's Brennan Williams. NFL teams looking for an upgrade at offensive tackle via the 2013 NFL draft are hoping that Texas A&M's dominant duo Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, as well as Michigan's Taylor Lewan (among others) elect to make themselves eligible early. Each has demonstrated the athleticism to handle NFL-caliber speed off the edge. Aboushi doesn't possess elite quickness or balance in pass protection. He'll most likely be asked to move to right tackle or even inside at guard in the NFL. He does, however, have great length, as well as very good upper body strength and the nastiness that offensive line coaches love -- traits which will aid in that potential transition. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/25/2012 - ACC NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 4: Keep an eye on: LT Oday Aboushi, 6-6, 310, Virginia: Why you should watch him: Virginia has had a rough start offensively, ranking No. 100 nationally in scoring offense (21.8 points per game). Specifically, the running game has struggled, but Aboushi and the offensive line did pave the way for 164 rushing yards against a traditionally stout TCU defense. Season stats (four games): Four starts. As an offense, Virginia has given up six sacks. Player ranking: Aboushi is ranked No. 63 overall and the eighth-highest offensive tackle in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Virginia hosts Louisiana Tech. The Cavaliers better be able to move the ball against the Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 119 nationally in total defense (498 yards per game). - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com
09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Oday Aboushi, Virginia, Sr., OT, 6-6, 310, Brooklyn, N.Y.,...Senior offensive tackle Oday Aboushi had another solid day, grading out at 92 percent on 65 plays. He had 12 knockdown blocks against the Penn State front seven. - ACC football
08/09/2012 - Virginia left tackle Oday Aboushi has started every game for Virginia each of the last two seasons. His iron-man streak is even more impressive considering how Aboushi spent the last two preseasons. Aboushi is a practicing Muslim, which means the already disciplined life of a student-athlete has a few more constraints for him. There are prayer requirements. Muslims pray five times a day, at specific times. There's also a Friday prayer service. Aboushi isn't perfect - practice, class, and travel sometimes get in the way. But he does his best to fit all the prayers into his schedule. "I try to get all the prayers in," he told VirginiaSports.com last summer. "I do Friday prayers when I can, when we're not traveling." Aboushi also observes Ramadan, the month of fasting in the Islamic calendar. He's done it since high school, and each of the last two years, Ramadan has overlapped preseason practice in Charlottesville. Devout Muslims won't eat or drink anything from sunup until sundown during Ramadan, and Aboushi is devout. That means he sits out water breaks during practice and doesn't rehydrate with sports drinks until nightfall. Protein shakes? Training table spreads? Not for Aboushi. Not during daylight. He's up at 5 a.m. to eat a large breakfast, and then he's done for more than 12 hours, some of which are spent in calorie-burning, sweat-inducing workouts. "Some days are tougher than other ones," Aboushi told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "It's about knowing the feeling of hunger, and being grateful you know where your next meal is coming from." - Shawn Krest, CBSSports.com
07/27/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): T Oday Aboushi, Virginia (29), has been selected Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference football for the 2012 college football season by the ACC media. Aboushi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has started the last 25 games for the Cavaliers and was an All-ACC second-team performer in 2011, becoming the first UVa offensive tackle since Eugene Monroe (2008) to make the all-league squad. The senior captain enters 2012 as a preseason All-American courtesy of Athlon Sports. Aboushi is also on the Outland Trophy watch list. TOP FOUR VOTING BY POSITION (OVERALL, NAME, TEAM, VOTES): Offensive Tackle: 1. James Hurst, UNC, 48...2. Oday Aboushi, UVa, 29...3. Morgan Moses, UVa, 28...4. Emmett Cleary, BC, 18 - Virginia football
07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Aboushi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has started the last 25 games for the Cavaliers and was an All-ACC second-team performer in 2011, becoming the first UVa offensive tackle since Monroe to make the all-league squad. The senior captain enters 2012 as a preseason All-American courtesy of Athlon Sports. - Virginia football
07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Oday Aboushi, Virginia, OT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Aboushi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has started the last 25 games for the Cavaliers and was an All-ACC second-team performer in 2011, becoming the first UVa offensive tackle since Monroe to make the all-league squad. The senior captain enters 2012 as a preseason All-American courtesy of Athlon Sports. - Virginia football
06/21/2012 - Top-five Virginia prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. OT Oday Aboushi (6-6, 310)...Only Southern Cal has produced as many first round offensive tackles since 2006 as Virginia and Aboushi (pictured above) could be next first round lineman for the Cavaliers. The senior has 25 starts to his name at Virginia, including 20 at left tackle after starting his career on the right side. Aboushi was a three-star offensive line recruit out of Brooklyn and chose Virginia after de-committing from Boston College. He saw limited action as a true freshman in 2009 before starting every game the next season as a sophomore. Aboushi started the first five games at right tackle in 2010 before moving over to the left side because of injury, starting the final seven games. He started all 13 contests last season at left tackle as a junior, earning Second Team All-ACC honors. Aboushi has good size and athleticism to hold his own in pass protection, but needs to improve his consistency as a run blocker. It helps that he is his biggest critic, always watching and critiquing his work in order to improve and earning praise from the coaching staff because of his dedication. Aboushi, who is Muslim-American, needs to cut down on the penalties and mental errors, but he has a pro future with the potential to be a top-64 pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com