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Jahmile Addae

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 214 | College: West Virginia
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While other parts of the secondary have changed during his four years at West Virginia, Addae was a constant at free safety, starting his final 40 games for the Mountaineers. He has a smart football mind with excellent overall knowledge of the defense, and it would not be surprising to see Addae coaching one day when his playing career comes to an end.

Addae was a first-team all-conference and all-county selection at Riverview High School, adding Florida all-star honors. He recorded 67 tackles, five interceptions, one fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and eight touchdowns as a senior. That year, he helped the Sharks to a 9-3 record and the state semifinals. He also lettered in track, participating in the long jump and 100 meters, and anchored the 4x100 relay team.

Addae joined West Virginia in 2001 and was scheduled to redshirt, but injuries in the secondary forced him to start his first career game. He recorded 18 tackles (11 solos) in five games. He took over strong safety duties in 2002, starting every game. He ranked second in the Big East Conference with four interceptions and deflected 16 passes while registering a career-high 99 tackles (64 solos). He also recovered one fumble.

Addae was primed for a banner junior season, but after only two games, he was shut down for the season due to a shoulder injury. He finished 2003 with 13 tackles (6 solos) and a forced fumble. He was back at free safety in 2004, earning first-team All-Big East honors. Addae posted 59 tackles (36 solos) with four pass breakups and two interceptions.

The team captain earned All-Big East Conference and All-ECAC first-team honors in 2005. He registered 64 tackles (35 solos) and intercepted two passes, returning one for a score. He batted away five passes, caused one fumble and recovered two.

In 44 games at West Virginia, Addae started 40 times. He recorded 235 tackles (141 solos) with 1.5 stops for losses of 6 yards. He recovered three fumbles and caused two others. He deflected 27 passes and intercepted eight for 109 yards in returns, including one touchdown.


Positives: Has a thick frame with a tight waist, good bubble and good overall muscle tone … Has good short area coverage skills, using his hands effectively in attempts to reroute the tight end … Makes proper reads most of the time to take a short path to the ball by using proper angles … Reacts quickly to plays in front of him and gets good depth in his pass drops playing in the zone … Makes up for a lack of speed by using his range to close on the ball in a hurry … Effective wrap-up tackler who knows how to keep his shoulders square while staying low in his pads to collide with ball carriers in run support … Has adequate leaping ability, timing his jumps to attack the ball at its high point … Physical open field tackler who times his hits and attacks hard with his hands to try and force the turnover … Has a knack for avoiding blockers when working in the box.

Negatives: Could stand to lose about 10 pounds to improve his adequate foot speed and burst … Smart player vs. the pass, but will bite on fakes and play action at times … Lacks the burst and acceleration to stay with receivers in man coverage … Struggles to break cleanly out of his backpedal due to hip stiffness and takes false steps while looking choppy moving his feet in transition … Can make the interception at times, but does not have natural hands … Does not have the recovery speed when caught out of position … Not a viable alternative on the blitz, as he does not have the explosion to close from the back side … Does a good job of avoiding blockers on the move, but if a lineman gets a piece of him, Addae is quickly neutralized … Does not turn cleanly out of his breaks … Good in run support, but is too one-dimensional because of his poor timed speed to be an every-down player … Has some durability issues (spinal contusion, concussion, left shoulder) and also suffers from asthma, which could pose problems in thin air conditions.

Career Notes

Started his final 40 games at free safety for the Mountaineers … His 27 pass deflections rank fifth on the school's career list behind Mike Collins (29, 1990-93), Lance Frazier (38, 2000-03), Aaron Beasley (38, 1992-95) and Brian King (54, 2000-03).

2005 Season

All-Big East Conference and All-Eastern College Athletic Conference first-team choice, starting all year at free safety … Recipient of the Ideal Mountaineer Man Award, given by the coaching staff … Finished third on the team with 64 tackles (35 solos) … Recovered two fumbles and caused another … Deflected five passes and had a pair of interceptions for 44 yards in returns and a touchdown.

2005 Game Analysis

Syracuse and Cincinnati … Made a pair of tackles in each game.

Wofford … Was in on eight tackles (4 solos).

Maryland … Caused a fumble and delivered four stops.

East Carolina … Despite suffering a right ankle sprain, posted 10 tackles (6 solos) and deflected one pass.

Virginia Tech … Bounced back with five tackles and a pass breakup.

Rutgers and Louisville … Had seven tackles in each game and also deflected three passes in the Louisville game.

Connecticut … Was in on four hits (2 solos).

Pittsburgh … Had only one tackle, but picked off a Tyler Palko pass and returned the ball 40 yards for a touchdown.

South Florida … Earned Big East Honor Roll recognition as he delivered nine tackles (8 solos) and returned an interception 4 yards.

Georgia (Sugar Bowl) … Closed out his career with five solo tackles.

2004 Season

All-Big East Conference first-team choice … On the Ronnie Lott Award watch list … Came back from a 2003 injury to start all year at free safety … Recorded 59 tackles (36 solos) with four pass deflections and two interceptions for 51 yards in returns.

2004 Game Analysis

Made three tackles vs. Central Florida … Had four tackles in the wins over Maryland and James Madison … Posted 10 tackles at Virginia Tech … Registered eight tackles in the Syracuse win … Had an interception on the first play of the Rutgers game and finished with six tackles … Added a 47-yard interception return and led team with 10 tackles in the Temple game … Had six tackles vs. Florida State in the Gator Bowl.

2003 Season

Was granted a medical redshirt after undergoing season-ending left shoulder surgery … Played in the team's first two games, recording 13 tackles (6 solos) with a forced fumble and two pass deflections … Left the Wisconsin game after aggravating a shoulder injury.

2003 Game Analysis

Collected eight tackles and a pass breakup vs. Wisconsin … Forced a fumble vs. Cincinnati, along with five tackles … Had surgery before the Maryland game.

2002 Season

Took over free safety duties, going on to start the next 39 games he played in … Recorded a career-high 99 tackles (64 solos) with a stop for a 6-yard loss and a fumble recovery … Tied for the Big East Conference lead with four interceptions for 14 yards in returns … Deflected 16 passes … Missed two weeks of August camp after suffering a concussion and a spinal contusion in practice.

2002 Game Analysis

Had a team-high 13 tackles and a pass breakup at Wisconsin … Made 10 tackles in the Cincinnati game … Posted 11 tackles with an interception and a pair of pass breakups vs. East Carolina … Tied the school single-game record with five pass deflections at Rutgers to go with an interception and three tackles … Added 10 tackles with a 17-yard interception and a fumble recovery vs. Syracuse … Credited with 12 tackles vs. Miami … Added an interception and three tackles in the Temple game … Made eight tackles and a pair of pass breakups in the Boston College win … Totaled 13 tackles vs. Virginia Tech … Was in on seven tackles in the win at Pittsburgh, batting down a Rod Rutherford pass on Pitt's last series of downs.

2001 Season

Was scheduled to redshirt, but injuries in the secondary forced the coaches to activate him for five games … Finished with 18 tackles (11 solos) … Made his collegiate debut as the starter at free safety for an injured Rick Sherrod, making five tackles … Registered a season-high 10 tackles vs. Rutgers.

Injury Report

2001: Struggled in August camp with the weather conditions due to a bout with asthma.

2002: Suffered a spinal contusion and a concussion in August camp (8/15) that would sideline him for two weeks of scrimmages.

2003: Underwent minor left shoulder surgery in April … Re-injured the shoulder vs. Wisconsin and underwent surgery prior to the Maryland game, missing the final 10 games.

2005: Suffered a right ankle sprain vs. East Carolina (9/24).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.71 in the 40-yard dash … 320-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times … 260-pound hang clean … 40.5-inch vertical jump … 10'1" broad jump … 4.23 20-yard shuttle … 6.95 three-cone drill.

Combine: 4.62 in the 40-yard dash … 2.79 20-yard dash … 1.65 10-yard dash … 38.5-inch vertical jump … 10'2" broad jump … 31-inch arm length … 9-inch hands.

High School

Attended Riverview (Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Alex Albert … First-team all-conference and all-county selection, adding Florida all-star honors … Recorded 67 tackles, five interceptions, one fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and eight touchdowns as a senior … That year, he helped the Sharks to a 9-3 record and the state semifinals … Also lettered in track, participating in the long jump and 100 meters and anchoring the 4x100 relay team.


Graduated in May 2005 with a degree in Communications … Member of the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll … Son of Jennifer and Freddy Addae … Born 5/30/84 … Resides in Riverview, Florida.


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