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Jeb Huckeba, OLB+DE, Arkansas
Height: 6:04.3 Weight: 252
Overview: A versatile player who has played a variety of roles for the Razorbacks, Huckeba also excelled in the classroom, twice earning Academic Honor Roll recognition from the Southeastern Conference. He comes from a football-oriented family, as his father, Ronnie, is an assistant coach at Harding University. Huckeba (pronounced HUCK-a-BEE) was a Parade All-American at Harding Academy. He was named to The Associated Press Super Team and earned Super Prep and USA Today All-American honors. He was rated the tenth-best linebacker on the Prep Star Dream Team and the seventh-best linebacker in the nation by Max Emfinger. He was a two-time All-District selection. As a senior, Huckeba recorded 163 tackles (108 solos), seven tackles for lost yardage, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal. As a junior, he caught 44 passes for 850 yards and 17 touchdowns on offense while recording five interceptions (including three returned for touchdowns) on defense. He recorded 979 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 60 catches as a senior and earned two tackles in the inaugural National High School All-Star game in Dallas, Texas. He was also recruited by Florida State, Harding University and Nebraska. Huckeba was a reserve outside linebacker as a true freshman at Arkansas in 2001. He recorded 24 tackles (14 solos) with a stop for a loss. He started eight games at inside linebacker during his sophomore campaign, posting 60 tackles (28 solos) with five stops behind the line of scrimmage, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. He shifted to defensive end in 2003, registering a career-high 70 tackles (41 solos) with fourteen stops for losses of 33 yards, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Huckeba garnered All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors as a defensive end in 2004. He also made the SEC Good Works team and was a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI squad. He recorded 56 tackles (31 solos) with 6.5 sacks and thirteen stops behind the line of scrimmage during his final campaign. In 48 games with the Razorbacks, Huckeba collected 210 tackles (114 solos) with 6.5 sacks for minus-41 yards, 32 stops for losses of 92 yards and 17 quarterback pressures. He also had three fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and four pass deflections.
Analysis: Positives... Has long, lean muscles and looks every bit the part of a linebacker rather than a defensive end. ... Smooth athlete with good quickness off the snap...Turns the corner with impressive speed and always works hard in pursuit...More of a one-speed type, but shows explosion coming off the edge. ... Takes proper angles and flashes into plays...Aggressive with initial contact and keeps his feet active on the move...Shows adequate open field balance and bounces up quickly when knocked down...Redirects off blocks with a sharp burst...Has a nice spin move to elude when attempting to penetrate off the edge. ... High motor type who will not give up on the play.
Negatives... Too lean and frail looking to be a competitive defensive end. ... Sometimes gets upright before taking on blocks...Gets turned around quite a bit by the larger blockers, as he does not have the strength to take on blocks at the line. ... Takes false steps dropping back in pass coverage...Must rely on his pass rush burst in order to get to the quarterback due to lack of overall bulk. ... Needs to have a free lane in order to get to the quarterback, as he is quickly stonewalled when an offensive lineman gets his hands on him. ... Has no strength to shed. ... Will get blocked off the ball often when working in-line, but might have a chance if he stands up, but does not have the change of direction agility to elude.
Agility tests: 4.62 in the 40-yard dash...375-pound bench press...Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times...415-pound squat...335-pound power clean...4.16 20-yard shuttle...11.38 60-yard shuttle...6.9 three-cone drill...33.5-inch vertical jump...10'0" long jump...32 -inch arm length...9 7/8-inch hands...Right-handed...21/31 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Harding (Searcy, Ark.) Academy, playing football for coach Tommy Shoemaker... Parade All-American...Named to The Associated Press Super Team and earned Super Prep and USA Today All-American honors...Rated the tenth-best linebacker on the Prep Star Dream Team and the seventh-best linebacker in the nation by Max Emfinger...Two-time All-District selection...As a senior, Jeb recorded 163 tackles (108 solos), seven tackles for lost yardage, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal... As a junior, he caught 44 passes for 850 yards and 17 touchdowns on offense while recording five interceptions (including three returned for touchdowns) on defense...Also recorded 979 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 60 catches as a senior and earned two tackles in the inaugural National High School All-Star game in Dallas, Texas...Also recruited by Florida State, Harding University and Nebraska.
Personal: Personal Financial Management major, enrolled in the Sam M. Walton College of Business...Member of the 2002-04 SEC Academic Honor Rolls, the 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05 Lon Farrell Academic Honor Rolls and 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District VI team...Son of Ronnie and Peggy Huckeba...Father is an assistant football coach at Harding University...Last name is pronounced "HUCK-a-BEE."...Born 5/20/82...Resides in Searcy, Arkansas.
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