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David Baas

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 319 | College: Michigan
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Positives … Has a big, thick frame with room for a little more growth. … Worked hard to define his upper body muscles and developed a big back, thick chest, wide waist and good bubble in the process. … Has good thickness in his thighs and calves. … His arms also show good thickness and he possesses very strong hands to jolt. … While not known as a quick-twitch type, Bass is an above average athlete who has developed adequate balance. … Shows above average quickness and play speed in the short area. … Physical blocker with very good strength and enough agility to handle quickness inside. … Alert, focused and determined player. … Learns the playbook quickly and is very good for the program, evident by the drastic improvement of the team's ground game in 2004 after he shifted to center (team improved from 106.0 yards per game to 189.7 on the ground). … He makes excellent line adjustments and calls, having done that even when he played guard in the past. … In the short area, he shows good explosion coming off the ball. … Is rarely late to make the inside cut off and has more than enough hand quickness to recoil and reset in pass protection. … Plays with his feet and back flat, which has greatly improved his anchoring ability. … Also improved his balance and strength prior to 2004, resulting in him consistently neutralizing the bull rush (allowed only one sack in 2004 despite learning how to play center on the fly). … Shows very good pop with his hands, doing a good job of grabbing, pushing and steering his man wide. … Even when he bends at the waist, Bass shows good recovery agility to come off the ball well and generate good pop with his hands. … Very good position and angle blocker, playing with enough everage and technique to be effective on double moves. … Plays high in his stance, which allows him to make the reach blocks. … Shows very good hand placement to mirror and has the base and strength to anchor. … His above average pass set quickness lets him lock on and sustain while keeping his feet to slide and sustain in the small area. … Can pull in a small area, especially up the middle and is quite effective at locating and executing his blocks. … Uses his hands as well as any interior lineman in college football. … Gets very good hand placement to mirror and shows the quickness to keep his hands inside. … Has the strength to control and sustain when asked to position block. … Outstanding competitor who plays hard and makes good mental adjustments. … Classic product of the Michigan system -- a lineman with very good technique. … Plays with excellent awareness, instincts and reactions.

Negatives … When working upfield, he looks a little stiff on the move and needs to play taller working to the second level. … His lateral agility needs further improvement and he has just adequate lateral quickness. … Will struggle to make the outside block and with his change of direction on the move, as he is more of a waist bender than a knee bender. … Needs to do a better job of bending at the knees rather than the waist. Hee still manages to be effective on the pulls, but mostly in the short area. … Flashes decent explosion on down blocks, but needs to show more consistency. … When working in the second level and in space, he will lose balance and fails to recover (rarely used on pulls to the second level). … Fails to kick out with more consistency. … As for adjusting on a linebacker down field, this is one area that he struggles in, as he does not demonstrate the best change of direction agility to adjust on the move. … Looks a little bit robotic playing in space, as he does not show his normal quickness to position. … Will revert to waist bending when working in space.

2004 Season

The Sporting News and Associated Press All-American second-team selection … All-Big Ten Conference first-team pick by the league's coaches and media … Shared Hugh H. Rader Award as Michigan's top offensive lineman with Tony Pape and Dave Pearson … Started all year at left guard … Registered 90 knockdowns as he helped the offense average 446.7 yards per game.

2003 GAME Analysis

Central Michigan … Teamed with center Raymond Pearson to open a rush lane used by tailback Chris Perry for an 11-yard touchdown run as the offense generated 615 yards, including 342 yards on the ground.

Northwestern … Had seven knockdowns, including one that leveled defensive tackle Luis Castillo on QB Jon Navarre's 26-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards as the team generated 505 yards.

Minnesota … Took down defensive tackle Mark Losli to spring Perry for a 10-yard scoring burst as the Wolverines gained 483 yards.

Illinois … Collected ten knockdowns as he led the way on Perry's 1-yard touchdown run and later stopped linebacker Mike Sinclair coming on a blitz, giving Navare a chance to throw a 9-yard scoring lob to tight end Andy Mignery as Michigan collected 519 yards.

2003 Season

All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection by the league's coaches and media … Started all year at left guard … Have the way for Chris Perry's first career 1,000-yard rushing season … Had 79 knockdowns for an offense that averaged 381.2 yards per game.

2002 Season

Earned his first varsity letter … Played in six games and started the Purdue contest at right guard.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman … Injured his knee during fall camp and missed entire season.

Injury Report

2000: Sat out the season with a knee ligament sprain.


Sports Management and Communications major … Enrolled in the Division of Kinesiology … Nickname is "Baas Man" … Born David Andrew Baas on 9/28/81 … Resides in Sarasota, Florida.

BLOCKING STATISTICS … Based on review of game film by our scouting department … SGP-season grade percentage … GM-games played … PLAY-amount of snaps played in … KB-key blocks (pancake/ knockdowns) … TDB-touchdown resulting blocks … DWF-downfield blocks … PRS-pressures allowed … SKA-sacks allowed … High Grade Game-best graded game for the season.










High Grade Game










91% vs. Northwestern










94% vs. Minnesota










94% vs. Minnesota

High School

5.02 in the 40-yard dash … 2.91 20-yard dash … 1.67 10-yard dash … 4.46 20-yard shuttle … 7.5 three-cone drill … 29.5-inch vertical jump … 9'9" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times … 32 -inch arm length … 10 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 37 Wonderlic score.


Attended Riverview (Sarasota, Fla.) High School, playing football for coach John Sprague … USA Today High School All-America honorable mention … Added All-American honors by Super Prep Magazine and Prep Football Report … Named All-State and All-Area first-team as a senior … Received Offensive Lineman MVP honors as a junior and senior … Team captain in his senior year … Received All-Area honorable mention as a sophomore … Played in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game and Florida-California All-Star Game … Graded out at 90 percent or better as he averaged seven pancake blocks per game his senior year and recorded a school-record 70 pancake blocks during his junior year … Earned four letters in track … Threw a career-best 53-11 shot put during his senior year … Three-time All-County and All-Area in the shot-put.


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