2011 All-PAC-12 Conference First Team (Coaches)...DeCastro and Jonathan Martin, anchors of Stanford's offensive line for the past three seasons have keyed pass protection that has allowed just nine sacks this season while paving the way for Stanford's running game to average 207.92 yards on the ground. DeCastro is a finalist for the Outland Trophy.
First team All-Pac-10 selection...was part of an outstanding offensive line that included first team All-America Chase Beeler, Jonathan Martin and Derek Hall...started all 13 games at the right guard position...blocking skills helped pave the way for a Stanford rushing attack to average 213.8 yards and amass the second-highest rushing total (2,779) in school history...line has also allowed the second-fewest sacks on average (0.46) in the nation...one of five players to earn the Frank Rehm Award for outstanding play in the Big Game against Cal.
Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 marks after starting all 13 games as a redshirt freshman at right guard...was one of two redshirt freshmen on the offensive line along with Jonathan Martin...excellent run blocker help pave the way for the Cardinal to average 218.2 yards a game on the ground and set the school's single-season rushing mark of 2,837 yards...part of an offensive line that allowed a Pac-10-low 7.0 sacks on the year.
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Graduated from Bellevue (Wash.) High School...ranked as high as No. 3 nationally for centers by Scout.com, while checking in at No. 7 by ESPN.com and No. 11 by Rivals.com...listed as the No. 3 prospect in Washington by SuperPrep as well as the No. 6 overall recruit in the state of Washington by both Scout.com and Rivals.com...SuperPrep also ranked him the No. 21 offensive lineman in the country...selected as the No. 12 player in the Northwest and the No. 247 player in the nation by Scout.com...a SuperPrep All-American and also earned 2007 first team All-American honors from O-D.com...all-state performer who was named the King County Lineman of the Year...played in the Offense-Defense All-American Game following his senior season ...helped lead his club to a prep state title in 2006...also threw the shot put in high school and was the 2008 Washington State 3A champion with a throw of 59-3...also won the district (58-4) and the KingCo 3A League (58-1 ), as well...majoring in management, science and engineering.
- For a general manager who claims he picks players not for needs but for wants, Kevin Colbert certainly filled plenty of needs in this draft. The Steelers' two biggest needs were offensive guards and tackles and, voila, that's what they took in the first two rounds. Their next biggest needs were inside linebacker and nose tackle and that's what they drafted in the third and fourth rounds. Rashard Mendenhall's laid up by ACL surgery, so a running back came in the fifth round. Overall, it appears the Steelers not only filled needs but did so with quality picks. They got the best guard in the draft in David DeCastro, and a tackle in the second round whom they gave a first-round grade, Mike Adams. Colbert made a nifty move by trading Pittsburgh's sixth-rounder to move 10 spots up in the fourth round and take Alameda Ta'Amu, the purest 3-4 nose tackle available. BEST PICK: Guard David DeCastro: The Steelers may have gotten a Maurkice Pouncey-like value pick, getting the best guard in the draft at No. 24. It just so happens to fill their biggest need and with DeCastro's experience and talent, he should start quickly. - The Sports Xchange
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