|Height: 6-4 | Weight: 338 | College: Oregon|
A gentle giant off the field, Ngata transforms into a dominating presence when the game begins. In 2005, he became the team's first consensus All-American first-team selection since NFL Hall of Fame defensive back Mel Renfro (1962). Called Oregon's most dominating defensive tackle of the Mike Belloti era, he is also one of the strongest players. Since the team started keeping weight room figures, only Igor Olshansky (2003) and Ngata (2005) have managed to bench press over 500 pounds (505). Ngata is also regarded as a special teams standout, holding the school career-record with seven blocked kicks.
Ngata started his last three years at Highland High School. He was rated as the top defensive prep product in the nation by Super Prep and PrepStar, as well as the best interior lineman in the country by Student Sports. The Parade and USA Today first-team All-American drew rave reviews at 2001 Nike Camp (Texas) as the state of Utah's Gatorade Player of the Year.
His amazing quickness and aggression led him to record over 100 tackles and 30 sacks his senior year. He helped lead the school to a 12-2 mark and a berth for the state championship as a junior before advancing to the state quarterfinals his final season. He was named the team's Defensive Lineman of the Year, and in 2001 the team captain also earned All-State recognition as an offensive guard.
In 2002, Ngata earned first-team freshman All-American honors and was also was an All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention. He was the recipient of the Len Casanova Award as team's top newcomer. He recorded 44 tackles (20 solos) with 3.5 sacks, seven stops for losses and five quarterback pressures. He also deflected two passes and led the team with three blocked kicks.
While covering a punt in the third quarter of the 2003 season opener vs. Mississippi State, Ngata suffered ligament damage in his left knee that would force him to the sidelines for the rest of the year. He was still not fully recovered until midway through the 2004 season. Ngata started eight games that year, producing 46 tackles (31 solos) with 3.5 sacks, 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and three pressures. He also caused two fumbles and blocked a pair of kicks.
Fully recovered from knee woes, Ngata was a first-team All-American and All-Pac 10 performer in 2005. He was the first defensive lineman in eighteen years to earn team MVP honors. He registered 61 tackles (32 solos) with three sacks, nine stops for losses and a pressure. He caused and recovered a fumble while deflecting five passes. He blocked two more kicks, returning one 30 yards and registered a safety. Late in the year, an ankle sprain vs. Washington and a right knee sprain vs. Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl limited Ngata.
After the 2005 season, Ngata cited family issues for his reason to bypass his senior year and enter the 2006 NFL Draft. Ngata's mother, Olga, had kidney failure and was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital while Ngata was preparing for the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. She was also battling diabetes and passed away in January. She had not been well since Ngata's father died in a traffic accident three years ago, said Ngata, who added that his older brothers are struggling to find jobs. "Not really," Ngata said when asked if the decision to leave was difficult. "I stayed at Oregon for four years. I had four good years there. I wanted to support my mom. She was in and out of the hospital, so I wanted to help her out.
At the Combine in February, Ngata said of his mother's dead, "It's been tough. I just use it as motivation. My dad and my mom are finally going to see me play together."
In 36 games at Oregon, Ngata started 29 times. He finished his career with 151 tackles (83 solos), ten sacks for minus-64 yards and 24.5 stops for losses of 100 yards. He was credited with nine quarterback pressures and deflected seven passes. He caused three fumbles and recovered another. Ngata also set a school record with seven blocked kicks, returning one 30 yards.
Positives: Has a tall, massive frame with thick upper body muscle, a very big bubble, long legs and arms, large hands and a sudden burst coming off the snap Shocks blockers back with his strength and quickness coming out of his stance, creating an advantage that he will retain Needs to play lower in his pads, but he sinks his hips, generates a heavy anchor and consistently holds his ground at the point of attack Very quick and strong with his hands, as he discards blocks almost immediately Plays with good leverage to be dominant in a two-gap system (can stall double-team action) Can recover and create a pile or split double teams Has excellent balance and is rarely off his feet (except sometimes when he over-pursues from the backside) Sure tackler who can either drag down or collide and wrap Physical striker in tight quarters.
Negatives: Sometimes gets too top-heavy, as he will lunge and over-pursue, especially when coming from the backside Has outstanding hand strength, but needs to do a better job of using them to protect his feet from low blocks Not the most instinctive player on the field and sometimes struggles to locate the ball Lacks an array of pass rush moves and is best when utilized as a bull rusher due to his strong base and quick burst Can be late diagnosing schemes Tends to wear down late in games and despite his speed, he will tire when having to run long distances.
Ngata is a big, physical athlete with a thick, hard body, long arms, big bubble and hands. He is a rare-sized defender who is not only light on his feet, but also possesses very impressive strength. He shows a fluid running stride and a good feel for leverage and balance. His straight-line charge is explosive and he generates a bone-jarring hand punch coming off the snap.
Ngata's is a disruptive force who commands constant double teams. He can be sudden charging from the backside and shocks blockers back on their heels with his quickness and strength. He holds his ground firmly at the point of attack, but will struggle to disengage when he gets high in his stance, letting blockers attack his body. He plays with a good motor, but does run out of gas late in games. He is best served playing in-line, where he can handle multiple blockers to free up his edge rushers and blitzers.
When Ngata plays at a proper pad level, he shows excellent tools for the two-gap system. He uses his hands effectively, but needs to do a better job of protecting his legs from low blocks (both of his knee injuries came vs. low blocks). Even when his pad level is high, he has the ability to set, anchor and hold ground at the point of attack. He is also active with his hands to discard blocks.
As dominant as he can be taking out the trash, he is really not a great pass rusher. He is late at times locating the quarterback in backside pursuit and lacks an array of pass rush moves to get an edge on the offensive guard. However, he shows good force as a bull rusher shooting the gaps and gets a good push when he sees a free lane. When he spots the ball, he is capable of getting off his blocks and closing on the play.
Ngata is not effective when used in long pursuit, as he will tire running distances. He has the body control to change direction working down the line, but is more effective when used in containment rather than in pursuit. He can collide and wrap with effectiveness and is a physical striker in closed quarters, tossing blockers around while showing urgency to make the play.
As a pass rusher, he gets some push, but does not generate a quick swim move. As a bull rusher, he simply destroys offensive guards and centers in his path. He can mash the pocket with good power, but even with his timed speed, he will labor when having to chase into the second level. He keeps his feet moving through traffic in attempts to penetrate and shows natural hand usage to defeat combo blocks. However, he can get a bit top heavy, resulting in him lunging and overextending at times (mostly in backside pursuit).
Ngata is much stronger and physical than Ted Washington, but like Washington, he is best when asked to bull rush or take on multiple blockers. He will never generate gaudy statistics, but his presence on the field will allow other linemen to not worry about double-team action to make the play. His knee injuries are a concern, but considering he will mostly serve as an anchor in the middle of the field, few teams will let that weigh in their draft factor. In a two-gap system, he could dominate immediately.
Holds the school career-record with a total of seven blocked kicks (three field goals, three extra points, one punt), breaking the previous mark of six by Keith Lewis (2000-03) His seven combined blocks rank tenth in NCAA Division 1-AA history behind James Ferebee of New Mexico State (19 from 1978-81; 8 FGs; 6 PATs; 5 Punts), Max McGeary of Baylor (16 from 1977-80; 6 FGs; 6 Punts; 4 PATs), James King of Central Michigan (13 from 2001-04; 10 Punts; 2 PATs; 1 FG), Matt Harding of Hawaii (12 from 1992-95; 6 Punts; 5 FGs; 1 PAT),
Terrence Holt of North Carolina State (12 from 1999-02; 8 FGs; 4 Punts), Richard Johnson of Wisconsin (9 from 1982-84; 4 Punts; 3 FGs; 2 PATs), Jimmy Lisko of Arkansas State (8 from 1972-75; 4 PATs; 3 Punts; 1 FG), James Francis of Baylor (8 from 1986-89; 4 PATs; 3 Punts; 1 FG) and Chad Patton of Southern Methodist (8 from 1990-93; 4 PATs; 2 Punts; 2 FGs) In 2005, Ngata became the team's first consensus All-American first-team choice since Mel Renfro in 1962 He also became the first player in Oregon history to be one of the three finalists for the Outland Trophy as well as one of five defenders on the Bronko
Nagurski Trophy list to reach the finals. The Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation's best interior lineman while the Bronko Nagurski Trophy is given to the best defensive player in college football.
Consensus All-American (The NFL Draft Report, Football Writers Association of America, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com) and unanimous All-Pac 10 Conference first-team selection Finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Was named the Pac-10's Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was the recipient of the Morris Trophy (Pac-10's top defensive lineman) Also won the Skeie's Award (team's most outstanding player) Started all year at weakside linebacker, but was hobbled late in the year by an ankle sprain vs. Washington State and a knee sprain vs. Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl Recorded 61 tackles (32 solos) with three sacks for minus 20 yards and nine stops for losses of 37 yards Had one quarterback pressure and recorded a safety Blocked two kicks and deflected five passes Recovered and caused a fumble Had nine third-down tackles and made 53 of his stops in run support.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Houston Only posted two tackles in the season opener, but sacked QB Kevin Kolb for a 7-yard loss with 4:20 left to play Head to Head Competition -- OG David Douglas.
Montana Delivered five tackles (3 solos) with a 5-yard sack, a pass deflection and a safety Caused and recovered a fumble, earning Defensive Player of the Game honors as the team allowed only 31 yards rushing and 144 yards in total offense In the second quarter, Ngata caused a bad snap on a punt attempt, recovering the ball to set up a 37-yard field goal by Oregon's Paul Martinez On a third-and-19 play in the fourth quarter, Ngata sacked QB Jason Washington in the end zone for a 5-yard loss and a safety. On the ensuing free kick, Martinez capped that drive with a 20-yard field goal Head to Head Competition -- OG Chris Orwig.
Fresno State Collected five tackles (3 solos), including one that stopped Wendell Mathis for a 5-yard loss after the tailback caught a fourth quarter pass thrown by Paul Pinegar Head to Head Competition -- OG Ryan Wendell.
Southern California Held to only three tackles Chased down Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush on an 11-yard run in the second quarter Head to Head Competition -- OG
Stanford Helped limit the Cardinal to 220 yards in total offense, as Ngata came up with four solo tackles, a stop for a 2-yard loss and also blocked a 22-yard field goal try by Michael Sgroi in the fourth quarter. That field goal attempt was set up after Ngata tackled Nick Fran on a 2-yard run on a third-and-goal play. After the block, Oregon QB Kellen Clemens threw a 19-yard touchdown to Jaison Williams with 4:33 left to play Head to Head Competition -- OG Alex Fletcher.
Arizona State Was in on seven solo tackles as the defense limited ASU to 53 yards on 25 rushing attempts Sacked QB Sam Keller for an 8-yard loss on a third-and-goal play, forcing the Sun Devils to settle for a 34-yard field goal midway through the first quarter Killed a second quarter scoring drive when he brought down Rudy Burgess for no gain on a third-and-1 rushing attempt In the third quarter, he took down Burgess for a 2-yard loss on a run off left tackle Head to Head Competition -- OG Leo Talavou.
Washington Credited with five tackles (4 solos), including one that stopped tailback Louis Rankin for a 1-yard loss at the start of the second quarter. On the next play, Ngata flushed QB Isaiah Stanback out of the pocket on a third-and-3 play and the passer was then sacked by safety Anthony Trucks for minus 7 yards Head to Head Competition -- OG Tusi Sa'au.
Arizona Made seven tackles (5 solos), deflected two passes and blocked a punt, earning Special Teams Player of the Game honors Was penalized five yards for jumping offside in the first quarter, but made up for that miscue on Arizona's next drive, when he batted away a third-and-3 pass thrown by QB Willie Tuitama In the third quarter, he chased down Tuitama after a 5-yard gain on a third-and-22 draw play Also in that quarter, he blocked a punt by Danny Baugher, picking up 30 yards on the recovery Head to Head Competition -- OG Kili Lefotu.
California Naned Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week after posting a career-high eleven tackles (4 solos) and made two more solo stops on special teams while deflecting a pair of passes Killed an early fourth quarter drive when he deflected a third-and-6 pass from QB Joe Ayoub that was intended for Robert Jordan With two minutes left in the game, he tackled tailback Marshawn Lynch for a 7-yard loss Head to Head Competition -- OG Aaron Merz.
Washington State Added five tackles (4 solos) on defense and a solo stop on special teams Stopped tailback Jerome Harrison for a 1-yard loss on a first quarter run Ngata suffered an ankle sprain and was forced to leave the field for two series. While he was on the sidelines, WSU scored on both drives Head to Head Competition -- OG Norvell Holmes.
Oregon State Totaled five tackles Head to Head Competition -- OG Roy Schuening.
Oklahoma (Holiday Bowl) Ended his career on a sour note Managed only two assisted tackles and left the game in the third quarter when a low block caused him to injure his left knee ligaments Head to Head Competition -- OG Chris Bush.
Second-team All-Pac 10 Conference selection Played in eleven games, starting eight contests at weak-side defensive tackle Was still bothered by his 2003 knee injury until midseason, then finished the season with a flourish Recorded 46 tackles (31 solos) with 3.5 sacks for minus 13 yards and 8.5 stops for losses of 24 yards Credited with three quarterback pressures and caused two fumbles Also blocked a pair of kicks.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Indiana Opened the season with six tackles (5 solos), including one that stopped tailback B.J. Green-Ellis for a 1-yard loss.
Idaho Blocked a third quarter 34-yard field goal attempt and delivered three tackles.
Arizona State Followed with another three hits, including one that stopped tailback Hakim Hill for a 2-yard loss.
Washington State Had another three hits and blocked an extra point attempt in the third quarter.
Arizona Registered a season-high eight tackles (5 solos) with three stops behind the line of scrimmage, including an assisted sack.
Stanford Totaled three solo tackles with two stops for losses of 8 yards, including a 6-yard sack of QB Trent Edwards in the first quarter.
Washington Recorded four tackles (3 solos), sacking QB Casey Paus for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter, causing a fumble that Oregon recovered.
Oregon State Finished the season with seven tackles (5 solos), as he caused a fumble when he sacked QB Derek Anderson for a 3-yard loss.
Suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter while covering a punt in the season opener at Mississippi State Was granted a medical hardship.
Freshman All-American first-team selection Earned All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention Recipient of the Len Casanova Award as team's top newcomer Did not play in the season opener vs. Mississippi State, moving into the starting lineup in the season's fifth game vs. Arizona Recorded 44 tackles (20 solos) with 3.5 sacks for minus 31 yards and seven stops for losses of 39 yards Had five quarterback pressures and blocked three kicks Also deflected two passes.
|2002 Game Analysis|
Idaho Registered a season-high seven tackles (4 solos).
Arizona In his first career start, Ngata had four tackles and sacked QB Richard Johnson for an 8-yard loss.
UCLA Posted five tackles (3 solos) with 1.5 stops for minus 13 yards, including a 12-yard sack of QB Cory Paus Also blocked an extra point attempt.
Arizona State Sacked QB Andrew Walter for minus 9 yards and delivered four tackles (3 solos).
Southern California Only had one assisted tackle, but also blocked a field goal attempt.
Washington State Blocked an extra point try and was in on four hits.
Washington Followed with another four tackles (3 solos), including two stops for losses of 5 yards.
Oregon State Matched his season-high with seven tackles and assisted in sacking QB Derek Anderson for a 2-yard loss.
Wake Forest (Seattle Bowl) Posted five tackles (2 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss.
2003: Suffered left knee anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament damage covering a punt during the first quarter of the season opener vs. Mississippi State (8/30) and was forced to sit out the rest of the season on a medical hardship.
2004: Was still not fully recovered from his 2003 knee injury until midseason.
2005: Had a lingering hamstring strain most of the year Missed two series of the Washington State contest (11/12) with an ankle sprain. While sidelined, WSU scored on both drives Suffered a right knee medial collateral ligament sprain and a bone bruise in the third quarter after he received a low block. Did not return to the game.
Campus: 5.02 in the 40-yard dash 505-pound bench press 615-pound squat 407-pound power clean.
Combine: Did not participate in workouts.
Attended Highland (Salt Lake City, Ut.) High School, playing football for head coach Larry Wilson Started his last three years Rated as the top defensive prep product in the nation by Super Prep and PrepStar, as well as the best interior lineman in the country by Student Sports The Parade and USA Today first-team All-American drew rave reviews at 2001 Nike Camp (Texas) as the state of Utah's Gatorade Player of the Year His amazing quickness and aggression led him to record over 100 tackles and 30 quarterback sacks his senior year Helped lead the school to a 12-2 mark and a berth for the state championship as a junior before advancing to the state quarterfinals his final season Named the team's Defensive Lineman of the Year and in 2001 The team captain also earned All-State recognition as an offensive guard.
Sociology major Son of Olga Ngata Born Etuini Haloti Ngata on 1/21/84 in Inglewood, California Resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.