Phil Loadholt

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Phil Loadholt
Phil Loadholt, Clay Matthews.jpg
Loadholt blocking Clay Matthews
No. 71     Minnesota Vikings
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-01-21) January 21, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Weight: 343 lb (156 kg)
Career information
High school: Fountain (CO) Fort Carson
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54
Debuted in 2009 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2013
Games played 73
Games started 73
Stats at NFL.com

Philip Loadholt, Jr. (born January 21, 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma.

High school career[edit]

Loadholt attended Fountain Middle School and Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Fountain, Colorado, where he was a two-way lineman, team captain and a two-time All-State selection. He had 113 tackles along with eight TD as a senior and was named Colorado Springs Area Player of the Year. Also a standout in basketball, Loadholt led Fountain-Fort Carson's Basketball team to the state title game when he averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game. He obtained a 1.23 GPA through his High School career.

He originally committed to Colorado,[1] but did not qualify academically, and therefore headed to junior college. He currently resides in Eden Prairie, MN.

College career[edit]

Garden City[edit]

At Garden City Community College, Loadholt was a two-time junior college All-American. In his sophomore year, he had 93 pancake blocks and 113 tackles in 2006 and was named 2006 Jayhawk Conference Lineman of the Year. Loadholt was also rated the No. 1 junior college offensive tackle prospect in the nation by JCGridiron.com for the class of 2007.

He signed with LSU in February 2006,[2] but decommitted in August and finally chose to attend Oklahoma.[3]

Oklahoma[edit]

Enrolling at OU in January 2007, Loadholt made an immediate impact for the Sooners, as he started all 14 games at left tackle and logged 740 plays with 104 knockdowns. He had the highest run grade on the team at 75%. He received All-Big 12 first team honors by the Dallas Morning News and an All-American honorable mention by Sports Illustrated

In his senior year, Loadholt played left tackle in an offensive line that allowed 11 sacks all season, the third-lowest total of any team in the country, in 476 passing attempts.[4] Protecting quarterback Sam Bradford, who threw 48 touchdown passes and went on to win the 2008 Heisman Trophy, and leading the way for DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown, who would both run for more than 1,000 yards, Loadholt helped the 2008 Sooners to become the highest-scoring team in college football’s modern era.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Loadholt at the 2009 Vikings Training Camp.

2009 NFL Draft[edit]

Loadholt was regarded as one of the better offensive tackles in the 2009 NFL Draft.[6] Although his size and athletic ability were never in doubt, scouts questioned his poor aggressiveness and technique.[7] He was selected in the second round, 54th overall, by the Minnesota Vikings.[8]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 7¾ in 332 lb 5.53 s 1.75 s 3.12 s 5.06 s 8.18 s 29.0 in 7 ft 11 in 24 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

He was signed by the Vikings on July 29, 2009, and currently starts at right tackle for the team. In his first three years, Loadholt has started all 63 games in which he's been active.[9]

On March 12, 2013, Loadholt re-signed with the Vikings through 2016 on a $25 million contract.[10]

On January 14, 2014, ProFootballFocus.com recognized Loadholt as one of their highest-rated offensive tackles in the league, stating, "Right tackle Phil Loadholt (+25.0) earned All-Pro honors in our eyes. He didn’t get the press he garnered last year as the team struggled but he remains the prototypical right tackle."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedman, Andrew (October 5, 2004), "Buffs Add Offensive Tackle for '06", Scout.com 
  2. ^ Crabtree, Jeremy (January 23, 2006), "LSU gets big addition", Rivals.com 
  3. ^ McCuistion, Josh (August 2, 2006), "Loadholt finally finds home in Norman", Rivals.com 
  4. ^ Staples, Andy (January 7, 2009), "Oklahoma O-line is made up of five fast, immovable men", Sports Illustrated 
  5. ^ Thamel, Pete (December 13, 2008), "Bradford Wins Heisman, but the Top Prize Awaits", New York Times 
  6. ^ Brooks, Bucky (February 16, 2009), "Eugene Monroe, Jason Smith lead 2009 NFL draft OL prospects", Sports Illustrated 
  7. ^ "Pro Football War Room: Phil Loadholt", SportingNews.com, April 25, 2009 
  8. ^ Vikings Draft Loadholt in 2nd Round
  9. ^ http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/article.aspx?subjectid=223&articleid=20090730_223_B2_EDENPR293220
  10. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (March 12, 2013). "Phil Loadholt, Minnesota Vikings strike contract". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  11. ^ https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/01/13/2013-offensive-line-rankings/4/

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