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Paul McQuistan

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 312 | College: Weber State
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McQuistan is a strong, physical tackle who teamed with his brother, Pat, to protect the blind side of the field for the Wildcats. McQuistan's long arms and ability to sustain blocks once he locks on is ideal for the demanding left tackle position.

McQuistan was a second-team All-Valley League selection honors as an offensive lineman at Lebanon High School. He also added All-League honorable mention as a defensive lineman.

Both of the McQuistan brothers redshirted in 2001 at Weber State. Paul took over left tackle duties in the third game of the 2002 season and earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference the following year. He was a major reason the team led the conference in rushing and total offense in 2003.

McQuistan was again named All-Big Sky honorable mention in 2004, helping the offense average 307.6 yards per game. As a senior, McQuistan emerged, earning All-America and All-Big Sky Conference first-team honors. His excellent pass protection saw the team average 372.8 yards per game, an improvement of 65.2 yards per game from the previous season.


Positives: Has a tall, developing frame with room for additional growth, adequate overall muscle tone, thick lower body and good initial quickness … Flashes a strong hand punch and is the type that battles with good aggression … When he gets his hands on an opponent, he can shock and jolt … Shuffles his feet well in attempts to gain position and wall off … Has the leg drive to turn and ride defenders wide and shows the short area slide and adjust agility to adequately sustain the edge rush … Has the upper body strength to lock on and control … Has the arm length to make reach blocks.

Negatives: Builds to top speed adequately, but tends to get too erect and narrow in his base, causing him to overextend and lunge at defenders when working in the second level … Has an explosive hand punch, but needs to develop it with more consistency … His inconsistency using his hands prevents him from controlling and finishing on his blocks … His narrow base also causes him to struggle to adjust on the move … Lacks good body control in the move … His tall frame and erect stance cause him problems when having to engage speedy pass rushers, as he does not show the feet to mirror … Needs to do a better job of staying lower in his pads and lacks good knee bend (more waist bender).

McQuistan responded well to the new coaching staff in 2005, showing more aggression and awareness in his game than in the past. He is a strong, physical blocker, but while he has the hand punch to shock and jolt, he is too inconsistent using it and shows little explosiveness coming off the snap due to his inability to stay low in his pads.

McQuistan has decent foot agility to slide in pass protection, but is a waist bender who struggles to redirect and will be beaten by quicker edge rushers (see 2005 Northern Arizona, Montana and Southern Utah games). When he gets too tall in his stance, he is late coming off the ball.

McQuistan is best when operating in the box, as he does not have the agility to get in front on pulls and traps. He is late to locate linebackers in the second level and when he does, he is prone to lunging and overextending. With his long arms and frame size, he is capable of handling left tackle duties, but he needs to play at a lower pad level and learn how to use that strong hand punch of his with better consistency.

He reminds me a lot of Scott Gragg; a tough, physical blocker who will give you good effort on the field, but has athletic limitations that will prevent him from taking his game to a higher level.

Career Notes

Started his final 42 games at left tackle, lining up alongside his twin brother, Pat, who performed as a left guard for the Wildcats.

2005 Season

American Football Coaches Association, Sports Network and The NFL Draft Report All-America first-team selection … All-Big Sky Conference first-team choice … Started all year at left tackle, helping the offense average 372.8 yards per game, an improvement of 65.2 yards from the previous season … Credited with 60 knockdowns and eight touchdown-resulting blocks while allowing four quarterback sacks and two pressures … Was penalized twice, both coming in the team's season finale.

2005 Game Analysis

Western State (Colo.) … Ran over linebacker David Cummings on a 5-yard touchdown run by tailback Adrian Conway that capped a 9-play, 82-yard first quarter drive … Cleared a rush lane used by Zach Hall for an 11-yard scoring run as the team totaled 590 yards … Head to Head Competition -- DE Garrett Wright-No tackles.

Fresno State … Stuffed defensive tackle Jason Shirley in the backfield to give QB Ian Pizarro time to throw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Lynzell Jackson that concluded a 7-play, 68-yard drive with 0:22 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition -- DE Tyler Clutts-One solo tackle, one pass breakup.

Northern Arizona … Leveled linebacker Bruce Branch to spring tailback Zach Hall for a 7-yard touchdown run that finished a 74-yard, 7-play drive, but was beaten by defensive end Jason Webb on a 4-yard sack of QB Ian Pizarro on a third-and-10 play midway through the first quarter … The Wildcats totaled 436 yards … Head to Head Competition -- DE Jason Webb-Seven tackles (4 solos), 4-yard sack.

Montana … Had five knockdowns, but allowed defensive end Mike Murphy to sack Ian Pizarro twice, causing fumbles on both plays … Head to Head Competition -- DE Mike Murphy-Four tackles (3 solos), two sacks for minus-14 yards, three forced fumbles.

Eastern Washington … Collected seven knockdowns, including one that stopped defensive tackle Keith Grennan on Ian Pizarro's 45-yard touchdown pass to Wiley King … The team gained 426 yards … Head to Head Competition -- DE Gene Piffero-No tackles.

Idaho State … Teamed with his brother, Pat, to hold off defensive end Dustin Schroader and defensive tackle James Drake on a 9-yard scoring strike from Ian Pizarro to B.A. Harrell that capped a 7-play, 94-yard drive in the second quarter … The Wildcats amassed 433 yards … Head to Head Competition -- DE Dustin Schroader-Two assisted tackles.

Southern Utah … Struggled in his final game for the Wildcats, allowing defensive end Jimmy Judd to sack Ian Pizarro for a 3-yard loss in the first quarter … Was penalized 10 yards for holding early in the third quarter, and on WSU's next drive, was penalized 5 yards for a false start on a first-and-goal play … Head to Head Competition -- DE Jimmy Judd-Five tackles (3 solos), a 3-yard sack.

2004 Season

All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention … Started all year at left tackle … The offense managed only 307.6 yards per game during a 1-10 season … Made 44 knockdowns with five touchdown-resulting blocks … Was bothered most of the season by an elbow injury that required surgery after the season to remove a loose bone chip, but did not miss any game action.

2004 Game Analysis

Cal-Davis … Took down defensive tackle Pila Fatukala on a 20-yard scoring pass from QB Jeff Fowler to Drew Dukeshire that capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter, as the team gained 398 yards.

Montana State … Leveled linebacker Roger Cooper to spring tailback Nick Chournos for a 2-yard touchdown run that finished a 76-yard, 6-play drive in the second quarter.

Southern Utah … Posted seven knockdowns, including one that stopped linebacker Marques Harris on a 2-yard scoring pass from QB Kyle Bauer to Chris McConnell, helping the Wildcats total 317 yards.

Portland State … Cleared a rush lane used by QB Ian Pizarro for a 14-yard scoring run in the third quarter as the Wildcats picked up 304 yards.

2003 Season

All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention … Started every game at left tackle, helping the team lead the conference rushing yards per game (203.2) and rank fourth in total offense (372.9) … Helped tailback Nick Chournos rush for a WSU season-best 1,649 yards.

2003 Game Analysis

Montana Tech … Cleared a rush lane used by tailback Nick Chournos for a 9-yard scoring run … Upended defensive end Kyle Schindler as QB Tate Bennett rolled right to find Josh Rebholz for a 10-yard touchdown pass.

Eastern Washington … Blasted defensive tackle Jacob Galstad into the end zone as Chournos followed for a 3-yard touchdown run, making seven knockdowns as the team totaled 414 yards.

Northern Arizona … Had six knockdowns and cleared a rush lane used by James Samuel for a 4-yard scoring run as the Wildcats amassed 424 yards.

Idaho State … Chop blocked defensive end Jared Allen to spring James Samuel for a 1-yard scoring run as Weber State collected 306 yards on the ground.

2002 Season

Took over left tackle duties in the season's third game … Part of an offensive line that allowed only 26 quarterback sacks as the team averaged 358.8 yards per game.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2004: Bothered in August camp with an inflamed right elbow, but played the entire season with the injury. Underwent surgery in January 2005 (1/26) to have a bone chip removed from the elbow.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.25 in the 40-yard dash … 425-pound bench press … 630-pound squat … 345-pound power clean … 31.5-inch vertical jump … 9'4" broad jump … Right-handed.

Combine: 5.1 in the 40-yard dash … 2.91 20-yard dash … 1.72 10-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times … 29.5-inch vertical jump … 9'2" broad jump … 4.62 20-yard shuttle … 7.72 three-cone drill … 33 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands.

High School

Attended Lebanon (Ore.) High School, playing football for head coach Brad Bauer … Second-team All-Valley League selection honors as an offensive lineman … Added All-League honorable mention as a defensive lineman.


Geography major … Twin brother, Pat, was a teammate at Weber State (2001-05), starting alongside McQuistan at left guard … Born Paul Shane McQuistan on 4/30/83 … Resides in Lebanon, Oregon.


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