BIOGRAPHY: Four-year starter who began his career at guard before moving to center as a junior. All-Conference selection the past three years.
POSITIVES: Tough interior blocker with an outstanding head for the game. Feisty, blocks with a nasty attitude, and works well with teammates. Smart, quarterbacks the offensive line, and does the little things well. Quickly gets his hands into defenders, jolts them with good punch, and easily rides them from their angle of attack. Effective in pass protection, showing the ability to slide in a small area then seal defenders from the action with good body positioning. Keeps his head on a swivel, picks up blitzes, and makes great use of angles.
NEGATIVES: Average run-blocker who does not drive opponents off the line. Slightly stiff and must improve his agility. Had surgery late in February to repair a torn labrum and may not be 100% in time for camp.
ANALYSIS: Lichtensteiger is a savvy blocker who's been productive since his early college days. Possesses the skills, smarts, and motivation to compete for a job at any of the interior blocking positions.