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O`Brien Schofield

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 221 | College: Wisconsin
 
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Overview

Don't tell Wisconsin's opponents this season that Schofield's too small to play in the NFL. He might have to stand up instead of playing with his hand down on the ground, but even top offensive line prospects like Iowa's Bryan Bulaga had their hands full with the Chicago area product in 2009.

Primarily used as a special teamer for two seasons after redshirting in 2005, Schofield started in the 2008 Outback Bowl loss to Tennessee and never looked back. As a junior he started all 13 games, making 42 tackles, 8.5 for loss and five sacks. He took his game to the next level against Bulaga and the rest of the conference, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors by making 62 tackles, a whopping 24.5 for loss (which ranked second nationally) and 12 sacks in '09.

Schofield faces a lengthy rehab and is unlikely to play this season after tearing his ACL in Senior Bowl workouts. Teams searching for an aggressive, sure-tackling linebacker will take a long look at Schofield in April.

Analysis

Read & React: Very good nose for the ball playing near the line or in space. Plays faster than his timed speed indicates because of his football IQ. Aware and reads misdirection on the edge. Gets his hands up to block passes near the line.

Run defense: Takes good angles to the ball and is a reliable tackler in the open. Stands his ground very well against tackles on either side of the line considering he is undersized. Explodes into double teams. Able to punch and disengage to chase down run plays run to his side, but will be engulfed regularly by NFL offensive tackles. Beats cut blocks with his hands, recovers quickly to chase down the ball.

Pass defense: Displays the speed needed to cover tight ends and running backs downfield and in the flat. Attacks plays in front of him, takes good angles and wraps securely. Aware of screens and can take out a running back before quarterback can throw the ball. Better receivers and tight ends will separate from him using their length. Must improve the fluidity in his backpedal and drop to get into position in coverage. Inexperienced recognizing routes and will need to prove he can make the interception.

Tackling: Always hustles to the ball whether the play is on his side or he needs to chase down the line or downfield. Uses his long arms to wrap up securely, can be explosive enough to knock the ball loose. Doesn't have the size or strength to make a lot of arm tackles. Former special teams ace with a future there because of his speed and willingness to throw his body into the fray.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Relentless pass rusher. Often double-teamed and works through blocks and traffic until the ball is away. Explodes from three-point stance or when standing up, although he will be the last guy off the ball at times. Gets the corner against slower tackles and tight ends, and can push them into the pocket using his lack of height to get under their pads. Strong hands to rip off blocks and force fumbles. Stays balanced after a spin or outside-in move. Nice backfield awareness; stays home on misdirection and can disrupt passing lanes with good vertical and arm length if unable to reach the quarterback. Explodes into running back blocks.

Intangibles: Facing a nine-month rehab, at minimum, after tearing ligaments in his knee at the Senior Bowl. Team captain. Looked up to by younger teammates and respected by all players and coaches. Leader by nature, growing up in Navy household and in junior ROTC while in high school. Pushes his teammates to match his standards in the classroom, weight room and practice field.

Career Notes

24.5 TFLs in 2009 season ranks as second-best for one season at UW … 126 TFL yards is second-most in one year at UW … tied for third in school history with 12 sacks in one season (2009) … sack total of 80 yards lost in 2009 is sixth best in school history for one season.

2009 Season

First-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) … honorable mention All-American (collegefootballnews.com) … Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist … Ted Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List … second-team Midseason All-American (CBSSports.com and Phil Steele) … first-team Midseason All-Big Ten (Phil Steele) … UW co-MVP … team captain.

Led team and finished second in the NCAA with 24.5 TFLs for 126 yards … also led team with 12 sacks for 80 yards … started all 13 games … recorded three tackles, tied career high with 2.0 sacks and forced one fumble against Miami in Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 … registered four tackles and tied a career high with 2.0 sacks for 14 yards against Hawaii on Dec. 5 … had four tackles, 1.0 TFL for one yard and one quarterback hurry against Northwestern on Nov. 21 … named UW's co-defensive player of the week after tallying seven tackles, 1.0 TFLs for nine yards and 0.5 sacks for five yards against Michigan on Nov. 14 … recorded three tackles, 2.0 TFLs for 10 yards and 1.0 sacks for seven yards against Indiana on Nov. 7 … made three tackles against Purdue on Oct. 31 … posted five tackles, 2.0 TFLs, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry against Iowa on Oct. 17 … tied career high with 2.0 sacks, part of 3.5 TFLs, and had seven tackles against Ohio State on Oct. 10 … chosen as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and UW's co-defensive player of the week after recording six tackles, 3.5 TFLs, career-high 2.0 sacks, one pass breakup and one forced fumble against Minnesota on Oct. 3 … named UW's co-defensive player of the week after recording two quarterback hurries against Michigan State on Sept. 26 … recorded two tackles, including one sack for five yards, one quarterback hurry and forced one fumble against Wofford on Sept. 19 … set new career-highs with 11 tackles and 4.0 TFLs against Fresno State on Sept. 12 … named UW's co-defensive player of the week for Northern Illinois game on Sept. 5 after having seven tackles and 2.5 TFLs.

2008 Season

Earned second letter … started all 13 games … totaled 40 tackles … 8.5 TFLs for loss of 48 yards … tied for most sacks on the team with 5.0 for 42 yards … one PBU and three quarterback hurries … four tackles, including a 3-yard TFL in the Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State … four stops, including two TFLs for six-yards and a five-yard QB sack against Cal Poly on Nov. 22 … two stops and a fumble recovery against Minnesota on Nov. 15 … two tackles at Indiana on Nov. 8 … named UW's co-defensive player of the week after his four stops, including 1.5 TFLs and a 16-yd QB sack at Michigan State on Nov. 1 … five tackles, including 0.5 TFL and a pass breakup against Illinois on Oct. 25 … one stop at Iowa on Oct. 18 … three tackles on Oct. 11 against Penn State … three tackles, including a four-yard QB sack against Ohio State on Oct. 4 … career-best seven tackles, 0.5 for loss, at Michigan on Sept. 27 … nine-yard QB sack at Fresno State on Sept. 13 … two stops on Sept. 6 against Marshall … had two tackles and a QB sack on Aug. 30 against Akron.

2007 Season

Earned first letter … tallied his first career start at DE in the 2008 Outback Bowl against 16th-ranked Tennessee (three tackles and a forced fumble) … saw action on special teams in all 13 games … made seven solo tackles … named UW scout team defensive player of the week for Ohio State game.

2006 Season

Played in five games, mostly on special teams, but did not letter … saw action at LB late in Indiana game on Sept. 30 … saw first action of career (on special teams) vs. San Diego State on Sept. 16.

2005 Season

Redshirted.

High School

Rated by Rivals.com as the No. 24 player in Illinois and among the top 25 defensive ends nationally … ranked among top 35 players in the Midwest by SuperPrep and among top 75 players in the Midwest by Prep Football Report … an honorable mention all-state

Personal

Born 4/3/87 … parents are Anthony and Dawn … uncle, Andre Carter, played football at Clemson (1992-96) … cousin, Bobby Engram, was a star receiver at Penn State and played in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears … another cousin, Vonnie Holi

 
 
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04/25/2010 - The Cardinals know they gambled by taking outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield in the fourth round. He suffered a torn ACL at the Senior Bowl and likely will open the season on the PUP list. "I should start running in mid-May," he said. "I feel once I'm able to start running, the sky is the limit."

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