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Sedrick Ellis

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 309 | College: Southern California
 
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Overview

The Trojans' three-year starter at nose guard, Ellis was regarded as one of the top interior linemen in the country entering his senior season, and only continued to build his reputation in 2007. The winner of the Pat Tillman Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award, Ellis was also the recipient of the Morris Trophy, given to the league's premier lineman.

Many had expected Ellis to be playing in the National Football League rather than for the Trojans in 2007. He seriously contemplated applying after his junior season, but because he missed a portion of 2006 while recovering from early season arthroscopic knee surgery, he decided to return for his final campaign. "I think I can mature more as a football player and a person," Ellis said last summer. "It's only one more year. How bad can one more year be?"

Southern California's gain resulted in significant losses for their opposition, as no offensive lineman could contain Ellis, who registered a career-high 8.5 sacks to go along with 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and seven pass deflections as a senior. After manhandling the Notre Dame offensive line in their 2007 encounter, the Irish head coach Charlie Weis told reporters, "Ellis is on about every (award) list known to mankind. He locates the ball, uses his hands, plays with good balance. He's a tough player."

At Chino High School, Ellis earned Super Prep and Prep Star All-American honors, in addition to garnering Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, The Sporting News Hot 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first-team and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 honors.

Ellis was also named to the Orange County Register Fab 15, Cal-Hi Sports All-State, All-CIF Southern Section, All-CIF Division II first-teams and was chosen Los Angeles Times All-Star Lineman MVP. The Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire Lineman MVP selection as a senior offensive and defensive lineman, he recorded 122 tackles (35 solo), including 19 for losses (with 6.5 sacks), plus a blocked punt, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries in 2002.

As a junior in 2001, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass, All-CIF Southern Section, All-CIF Division II and Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire first-teams. He posted 108 tackles, including 16 for losses (with 10 sacks), in 2001. As a sophomore, he picked up Cal-Hi Sports All-State first-team recognition. He also competed on the school's track team in the weights.

Ellis enrolled at Southern California in 2003, but during fall drills he suffered a left ankle fracture and was granted a medical hardship. He played in 11 games behind All-American Mike Patterson at nose guard in 2004, but saw just limited action, making two assisted tackles.

With Patterson graduating, Ellis took over nose guard chores in 2005, starting all 13 games. He received All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention, as he collected 50 tackles (28 solos) and ranked third on the squad with 4.5 sacks and eight stops for losses. He also deflected three passes and caused a fumble.

In 2006, Ellis earned Collegefootballnews.com All-American first-team honors, in addition to being a consensus All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice, despite missing three games after he suffered torn cartilage in his right knee in practice prior to the Nebraska clash. He still managed to win the Pac-10 Morris Trophy (for the league's top defensive lineman, as voted by the league's offensive linemen).

Ellis went on to register 34 tackles (17 solos), 4.5 sacks and 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 10 contests. He also had a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, three pass deflections and blocked a kick. USC center, Ryan Kalil, who battled vs. Ellis in practices for three years and was the offensive recipient of the 2006 Morris Trophy, raved about his former teammate, stating, "He's an unbelievable football player. He made me so much better because I had to block him every day. He's so strong, so man-strong. He's just a good player."

Ellis was a unanimous All-American and All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice as a senior. He was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award (top defensive player) and Lott Trophy, in addition to being named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and winning the Morris Trophy for the second consecutive season. In 13 starts, he totaled 58 tackles (29 solos) and ranked second on the squad with 8.5 sacks and 12.5 stops for losses. He also batted away seven passes and recovered two fumbles.

In 48 games at Southern California, Ellis started 36 contests. He registered 144 tackles (74 solos), 17.5 sacks for minus-130 yards and 28.5 stops for losses of 158 yards. He was credited with three quarterback pressures, 13 pass deflections and a blocked kick. He also caused two fumbles and recovered four others.

Analysis

Positives: Has a shorter than ideal frame and lacks great bulk for a two-gap system, but is very effective playing the three-technique … Has good bone structure and while he might be at maximum growth potential he has thick thighs and calves and long arms with good muscle tone … Runs with a normal stride and shows the ability to quickly accelerate off the snap … Demonstrates the foot quickness, balance and agility to make plays on the move, showing above average change of direction agility and valid speed to pursue long distances … Possesses very good body control on the move and has the speed to make plays on the far side of the field … Adequate student in the class room, but does a good job taking plays from the chalkboard to the playing field … Has valid instincts to locate the ball and plays with good alertness (very aware of blocking schemes) … His suddenness and aggressiveness off the snap will generally surprise a lethargic blocker … Likes to train and does everything the coaches ask … Will play through pain and does so with good intensity … Locates the ball and reacts to pressure quickly, doing a nice job of adjusting to the action on the move … Has the sudden burst to gain advantage off the snap and with his keen feel for the snap cadence, he is not the type than can be fooled and drawn off side … Is a disruptive sort who can explode into an offensive lineman when he keeps his pad level down … Has the strength to create a new line of scrimmage vs. the running game, and when he generates good hand placement he can hold ground at the point of attack and win one-on-one battles (will struggle when his base narrows or his hands are outside the framework) … Shows the foot quickness and the lateral quickness to redirect and accelerate to the ball … Has the ability to disengage from blocks with his strength and quickness … Uses his hands, along with quickness and leverage, to redirect and is very good in attempts to stack (when he sinks his weight he can split the double-teams) … Has the valid upper body strength to separate, disengage and shed … Will usually play low with leverage … Reacts to pressure with good body control and is quick to recover when he out-runs the play … Has a variety of counter moves and uses his hands with good effectiveness to shed … Has the ability to grab and rip, whether as a pass rusher or vs. run blockers … Shows good agility in pursuit, accelerating quickly to the ball … More of a hit-and-wrap tackler, as he has the strength to take down the ballcarrier and will generally stay in control while on the move, especially when shooting the gaps … Shows good explosion and strike ability behind his wrap tackles … Burst to close, but is more relentless than sudden in long pursuit … Does a very nice job of getting under the ballcarrier, as he is quick to uncoil … Shows good strength in his bull rush, using his hands well … Alert to the location of the ball when rushing the quarterback and has the strong, quick hands to control and shed blockers with authority … Shows intensity and desire to get the ball in space, closing on the passer with good acceleration … Can defeat pass schemes on the way to the quarterback, demonstrating that solid extra burst to close on the QB with good surge, desire and second effort.

Negatives: Lacks the ideal size you look for in a two-gap defender and might be a better fit to play under-tackle at the next level, which will limit the teams that will put a high priority on his services (teams like Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and the New York Jets play the system best suited for Ellis) … Has good upper body power, but he fails to anchor strongly vs. plays directed right at him … Needs to maintain a lower pad level (showed marked improvement here in 2007), as when he gets too tall in his stance he narrows his base, which allows the physical blockers to push him off the snap … Better tackler on the move than in tight areas, but he does show good angle concept when closing on the ball … Has had some leg injuries (left ankle fracture in 2003, right knee torn cartilage in 2006) that robbed him of some of the explosiveness he showed as a prep player … Has a compact frame, but he can't add any more bulk without having it impact his overall quickness … Field smart player, but his adequate academics might indicate he would need time to digest a complicated playbook.

Compares To: LA'ROI GLOVER-St. Louis … Ellis is a little bit bigger and heavier than Glover, but not by much. Ellis probably could not carry the bulk to play a classic two-gap, but as an under-tackle he could be a clone of what Glover has done. Both rely on their quickness and ability to neutralize double teams. Both take good angles in pursuit and are move oriented types who get better penetration on the slant rather than with a blocker right over their heads. Ellis is quick to locate the ball in a crowd and uses his hands and quickness to leverage and redirect. Shooting the gaps is a specialty for him, but he is also equally effective as a wrap-up tackler. With his lateral agility and quickness, he will make a nice living creating a new line of scrimmage vs. the running game at the next level.

Career Notes

Ellis became the 11th player in school history to win the coveted Morris Trophy, an award presented since 1980 to the Pac-10's outstanding offensive and defensive linemen. The offensive winner is selected by vote of the Pac-10's defensive linemen and vice versa … He is only the second player in USC annals to earn that trophy twice in a career, joining offensive guard Roy Foster (1980-81) … Only two other Trojan defensive players have won the Morris Trophy -- nose guard George Achica in 1982 and defensive tackle Darrell Russell in 1996 … In 2007, he became USC's fifth defensive player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors.

2007 Season

Earned All-American first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Collegefootballnews.com and Pro Football Weekly … Semi-finalist for the Bednarik Award and Lott Trophy … Recipient of the Pat Tillman Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award … Won the Morris Trophy for the second consecutive year … Started all thirteen games at nose guard, leading a unit that ranked fourth in the nation vs. the run (84.15 ypg), second in total defense (273.15 ypg) and second in scoring defense (16.0 ppg) … Recorded a career-high 58 tackles (29 solos), the fifth-best total on the team … Also registered career-highs while ranking second on the squad with 8.5 sacks for minus 67 yards and 12.5 stops for losses totaling 75 yards … Added one quarterback pressure and two fumble recoveries … Also deflected seven passes.

2007 Game Analysis

Idaho … Ellis opened the season with four tackles (3 solos) and two pass deflections, including one on the Vandals' game-opening series, as he batted away a third-&-8 pass by Nathan Enderle, forcing Idaho to punt … Also flattened tailback Deonte Jackson behind the line of scrimmage on a mid first quarter rushing attempt … Head to Head Competition -- OC#

72-Adam Korby (6:02-292).

Nebraska … The nose guard collected five tackles (2 solos) with two pass deflections and a pressure … He batted away QB Sam Keller's third-&-7 toss five minutes into the game, forcing the Huskers to punt … Nebraska had to punt again late in the second quarter, after Ellis deflected Keller's third-&-2 pass at the UN 35 … Late in the third quarter, he sacked Keller for a 15-yard loss … Head to Head Competition -- OC#59-Brett Byford (6:03-302).

Washington State … Ellis was held to just two tackles, but he took down tailback Chris Ivy for a 1-yard loss on a second-&-3 run at the USC 19 five minutes into the second quarter … Head to Head Competition -- OC#69-Kenny Alfred (6:02-293).

Washington … Ellis delivered four tackles (3 solos) on a quiet afternoon for the nose guard … Head to Head Competition -- OC#58-Juan Garcia (6:03-313).

Stanford … Despite getting upset by the Cardinal, 24-23, Ellis was dominating in the trenches, registering a career-high three sacks for losses of 18 yards, as he also made six tackles (3 solos) … QB Tavita Pritchard was sacked for a 1-yard loss by Ellis on the first play of the second quarter, as the nose guard would also sack the Stanford QB for minus 9 yards on a third-&-8 play at the start of the third quarter, forcing the Cardinal to punt … On their next series, Pritchard was again sacked by Ellis for an 8-yard loss on third-&-8, as Stanford again punted the ball away … Head to Head Competition -- OC#62-Tim Mattran (6:05-307).

Arizona … The Trojans nose guard delivered just two tackles while batting away a pass, but he also recovered a fumble by tailback Nicholas Grigsby at the UA 31, setting up a USC 27-yard field goal … He also killed a fourth quarter drive when he batted down a third-&-10 toss by QB Willie Tuitama … Head to Head Competition -- OC#50-Blake Kerley (6:02-273).

Notre Dame … The Irish were no match for the USC defense, which rolled up a 38-0 shutout, as Ellis registered five tackles (3 solos) and 1.5 sacks for minus 15 yards … He assisted in sacking QB Evan Sharpley for an 8-yard loss on the first play of the third quarter and later sacked Sharpley again or an 11-yard loss at the ND 23 during the Irish's next series … Head to Head Competition -- OC#78-John Sullivan (6:04-292).

Oregon … Ellis added a career-high twelve tackles (4 solos), as he sacked QB Dennis Dixon for a 3-yard loss on a third-&-7 play during the Ducks' game-opening series, forcing the opponent to punt … He also had another stop behind the line of scrimmage … Head to Head Competition -- OC#60-Max Unger (6:05-306).

Oregon State … Ellis came up with just three tackles and a pass deflection, but he forced OSU to punt late in the third quarter after sacking QB Sean Canfield for a 5-yard loss at the USC 43 … Head to Head Competition -- OC#75-Kyle DeVan (6:02-294).

California … In a hard-fought 24-17 win, Ellis delivered six tackles (3 solos) … After the game, reporters told the nose guard that he was just named a semi-finalist for both the Bednarik Award and Lott Trophy. Ellis responded, "I haven't been paying attention to that too much, so I didn't know at all. It's always good to hear that you're up for awards, but I've still got a few games to play, so I've got to stay focused and not worry about awards and worry about making tackles." … Ellis suffered a knee strain vs. the Bears that would limit him in practices leading up to the Arizona State game and had to have the knee drained two days after the California clash. "It's just a little sore, so I'm going to get some rest on it this week," Ellis said. "It feels better today, and we'll see when I can get back again." … USC coach Pete Carroll said, "We have to make sure to rest him. It's just from wear and tear, so there's no injury to him." … Head to Head Competition -- OC#51-Alex Mack (6:05-301).

Arizona State … Ellis was credited with four solo tackles and two stops for losses of 15 yards, including an 11-yard sack of QB Rudy Carpenter midway through the first quarter. However, on that play, Ellis flexed his muscles in celebration and was charged with an unsportsmanlike penalty, although many other officials probably would have let that go. "How many sacks do I have nine? Well, I've done it nine times," Ellis said. "And we've had that group of officials before. And it's never been called. I've been doing that for two years. I've never been flagged for that before. Different refs see different things. I had no intent to be malicious. It's a celebration I've always done. I won't be doing it anymore." … Ellis also crashed into tailback Dimitri Nance at the start of the fourth quarter, tackling the tailback for a 4-yard loss on a third-&-2 play at the USC 47, forcing the Sun Devils to punt … Head to Head Competition -- OC#76-Mike Pollak (6:04-292).

UCLA … Ellis was held to four tackles (3 assists) … Head to Head Competition -- OC#60-Chris Joseph (6:05-282).

Illinois (Rose Bowl) … The All-American nose guard closed out his career by posting two tackles and he also deflected a second-&-goal toss by QB Isiah Williams with 3:51 left in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition -- OC#60-Ryan McDonald (6:05-303).

2006 Season

All-American first-team choice by College Football News and The NFL Draft Report … All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice and recipient of the coveted Morris Trophy … Sat out the Nebraska, Arizona and Washington State games after he suffered torn cartilage in his right knee, undergoing arthroscopic surgery … Still managed to record 34 tackles (17 solos) with 4.5 sacks for minus 37 yards and eight stops for losses of 47 yards … Had one quarterback pressure and blocked a kick … Recovered two fumbles and caused another … Also deflected three passes, as he led a team that ranked tied for ninth in the nation in run defense (91.08 ypg) and eleventh in scoring defense (15.15 ppg).

2006 Game Analysis

Blocked a field goal that USC recovered and returned for a touchdown vs. Stanford … Had 3 tackles (with a sack) and a forced fumble vs. Arkansas … Returned from a three-game hiatus because of the knee injury and had five tackles vs. Washington … Made another five tackles, including two for losses of 9 yards and assisted on a sack vs. Arizona State … Had another five tackles, including two for minus 9 yards with a 7-yard sack of QB Matt Moore vs. Oregon State … Registered four tackles with a fumble recovery and a pass deflection vs. California … Posted a pair of tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass break-up vs. UCLA and had six tackles, including two for minus 12 yards, as he sacked QB Chad Henne for an 8-yard loss and deflected a pass vs. Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

2005 Season

All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention, starting all thirteen games at nose guard … Made 50 tackles (28 solos) with 4.5 sacks for minus 26 yards, eight stops for losses of 36 yards and a quarterback pressure … Caused one fumble and deflected three passes.

2005 Game Analysis

Had nine tackles and a 6-yard sack of QB Brady Quinn vs. Notre Dame … Posted seven tackles (1.5 for a loss, with a sack) vs. UCLA and was credited with six and an 8-yard sack vs. Washington … Registered four tackles with a stop for a loss vs. Arkansas and had another four hits, including 2.5 behind the line of scrimmage vs. Oregon … Posted three tackles and sacked QB sam Keller for a 6-yard loss vs. Arizona State.

2004 Season

Played in eleven games behind Mike Patterson at nose guard, recording two assisted tackles … Had one stop in each of the Arizona State and Oregon State contests.

2003 Season

Granted a medical hardship after he suffered a left ankle fracture in fall practice, played briefly vs. Brigham Young and then had midseason surgery, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.

Injury Report

2003: Suffered a left ankle fracture in fall camp, but played briefly vs. Brigham Young (9/06) before accepting a medical redshirt.

2006: Suffered torn cartilage in his right knee in practice after the Arkansas game (9/10) and underwent arthroscopic surgery on Sept. 12 that forced him to sit out the Nebraska (9/16), Arizona (9/23) and Washington State (9/30) games.

2007: Had fluid drained from his right knee after the California clash (11/10) and had to sit out several practices leading up to the Arizona State contest (11/22).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.89 in the 40-yard dash … 440-pound bench press … 560-pound squat … 355-pound hang clean … 32.5-inch vertical jump … 33 1/2-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands … Left-handed … Wears contacts.

High School

Attended Chino (Calif.) High School, playing football for head coach John Mesner … Earned Super Prep and Prep Star All-American honors, in addition to garnering Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, The Sporting News Hot 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first-team and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 honors … Also named to the Orange County Register Fab 15, Cal-Hi Sports All-State, All-CIF Southern Section, All-CIF Division II first-teams and was chosen Los Angeles Times All-Star Lineman MVP … The Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire Lineman MVP selection as a senior offensive and defensive lineman, he recorded 122 tackles (35 solo), including 19 for losses (with 6.5 sacks), plus a blocked punt, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries in 2002 … As a junior in 2001, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass, All-CIF Southern Section, All-CIF Division II and Los Angeles Times All-Inland Empire first-teams … Posted 108 tackles, including 16 for losses (with 10 sacks), in 2001 … As a sophomore, he picked up Cal-Hi Sports All-State first-team recognition … Also competed on the school's track team in the weights.

Personal

Sociology major … Born 7/09/85 … Resides in Chino, California.

 
 
 
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