by Tyler Aston
Ty Sambrailo: LT, Colorado State, 6’5, 315
Overview: The son of a collegiate pole vaulter, and brother of an Oregon State women’s volleyball player, Ty Sambrailo inherited the family athleticism. The agile big man helped captain Colorado State to 10 wins in 2014. Sambraillo plays with a relentless streak, and has excellent feet.
In the run game Sambrailo relies on his persistence and intelligence to continually put defenders on the ground. Whether blocking through the echo of the whistle or cutting a defenders legs out from under them, Sambrailo constantly harasses and annoys defenders. He is well coached and does a good job at executing his assignment. Colorado State used him as a puller both from the front side and backside of plays. He does a good job of leading up through the hole and getting a hat on the defender. He’s not the most powerful player in the run game, but does a good job of turning a defenders lateral movement into vertical movement. Sambrailo does a good job getting to the second level and into the open field on screens.
Sambrailo shines in pass protection. He has an excellent kick slide, which he executes quickly without suffering lapses in form. He does a good job of absorbing contact and quickly resetting his base. He has a great feel for where his quarterback is and does a good job reflecting that in his pass set. He does a good job of keeping his shoulders square to the line, preventing pass rushers from having a “two-way go”. He always knows who his man is and does a good job of patiently waiting for his assignment to come to him and not go chasing. He moves well laterally in play action and 3-step blocking.
Grade: Late 1st
If you only watch on game: Boston College (2014)