Ben Grubbs

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Ben Grubbs
Ben Grubbs.jpg
Grubbs at Ravens training camp in August 2009
No. 66     New Orleans Saints
Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-03-10) March 10, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Columbus, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Eclectic (AL) Elmore County
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 2007 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Games played 106
Games started 102
Stats at NFL.com

Benjamin Richard Grubbs (born March 10, 1984) is an American football guard for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Auburn University, and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Grubbs was born in Columbus, Georgia. He was raised in Eclectic, Alabama and attended Elmore County High School where he was a standout on the gridiron as the team's star linebacker. Grubbs registered 150 tackles, six sacks, and an interception as a senior. A two-way star, Grubbs also played fullback, rushing for 130 yards on 28 carries, with two touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 50 yards. As a junior, Ben managed 110 total tackles, and an interception. Grubbs also lettered as a four-year starter on the basketball team.

As a senior, he was rated one of the top 10 players in Alabama by SuperPrep Magazine. Grubbs was a SuperPrep All-American and an Alabama Sports Writer's Class 4A All-State selection as a linebacker. At 6-4, 250 as a high school senior, he was recruited as a defensive end, though.[1] Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Grubbs was listed as the No. 23 strongside defensive end prospect in the nation.[2] He verbally committed to Auburn on January 23, 2002, picking the Tigers over LSU and Alabama.

College career[edit]

Grubbs arrived on the Plains at Auburn University after being encouraged to attend by his influential cousin Alvin Leonard (AU class of 2002) as an oversized linebacker or undersized defensive end. He was redshirted for the 2002 football season, while he worked with the team's strength and conditioning coach to add muscle to his frame. Ben impressed coaches and teammates with his work ethic, and was slated to work with as a defensive tackle the following year.

2003

Moved from defensive tackle to tight end in two-a-days. Ben played in nine games, including all of the last seven. The final game of that year would be the first of five wins in a row over bitter rival, the University of Alabama. During spring drills the following year, he moved from tight end to offensive guard, under the recommendation of Hugh Nall, his famous position coach.

2004

Ben started all 13 games during the Auburn Tiger's undefeated and unrewarded 2004 campaign. He finished with a 91% overall grade, with a season-high 98% against the University of Alabama, including 9 rodeo blocks. He posted 93% overall mark with 2 pancakes and helped the team accumulate 404 total yards against the University of Georgia. Graded 92% with 100% on assignments, including 10 rodeo and 2 pancake blocks against the University of Mississippi. Ben graded 91% or higher in all of the remaining games during the season.

2005

Again started all 12 games for the Auburn Tigers. His highlight of the year included playing a total of 74 plays versus University of Georgia, accumulating 97% with five rodeo, two cockroach, and 1.5 pancake blocks. He was an important part of the line that allowed Running Back U's backfield to tally 388 rushing yards against the University of Kentucky.

2006

In years prior to 2006 and leading into his final season, Ben was often overshadowed by another offensive guard at Auburn, Tim Duckworth. However, in his final year, Grubbs supplanted Duckworth to make himself Auburn's best offensive lineman and one of the team's most respected players.

During his career at Auburn University, Ben never missed a game and started 37 straight contests. He also completed his final two seasons as a collegian by leading the Southeastern Conference in blocking assignment percentages. During his Auburn career he had the privilege to block for NFL RBs Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown, Kenny Irons, and QB Jason Campbell. He also starred alongside the highly regarded left tackle for the San Diego Chargers, Marcus McNeill.

Ben completed his degree from Auburn, graduating with a Bachelor's in Public Administration in May 2006. During the 2006 football season, Ben Grubbs was actually a graduate student.

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Draft[edit]

Leading up to the 2007 NFL Draft, Ben Grubbs participated in a series of private workouts, in addition to the NFL combine. He continued to impress scouts and coaches, alike, with his strength, agility, and football IQ.

Ben's stats from the NFL combine were impressive, with 29 bench press repetitions of 225 pounds and a 5.18 second 40 yard dash. Those numbers were blown away by the 5.1 second 40 yard dash and the amazing 35 bench press repetitions of 225 pounds, achieved at his private workout for scouts at Auburn University.

Following his performance in those workouts, as well as other workouts for individual teams, and his performance in the 2007 Senior Bowl, Ben was heralded as the top offensive guard prospect in the 2007 NFL Draft by draft expert Mel Kiper. Grubbs also topped NFLDraftScout.com's list of offensive guards.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 58 in 311 lb 5.18 s 1.80 s 2.96 s 4.72 s 7.99 s 26 12 in 8 ft 7 in 29 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Grubbs was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens 29th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. During his five years with the Ravens he started 70 of 74 games.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Grubbs in the 2012 NFL season.

Grubbs signed a five-year, $36 million contract with the New Orleans Saints on March 15, 2012.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Grubbs Recruiting Profile, Rivals.com 
  2. ^ Rivals100: Strongside defensive ends, February 5, 2002 
  3. ^ Ben Grubbs Draft Profile, NFLDraftScout.com, retrieved May 13, 2010 .
  4. ^ Source: Saints add OG Ben Grubbs

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