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Antonio Appleby
SI Grade
3.53
Position: Class:
4Sr
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6-3, 251
40 Time:
4.71

BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter who posted 72/7.5/1 as a senior after junior totals of 60/5/6.5/2.5. Sophomore totals included 68 tackles.

POSITIVES: Appleby has been a terrific linebacker at Virginia, yet he is overshadowed by the many headliners in the program. He offers definite possibilities at the next level, and it would not at all be a surprise if Appleby develops into a starter on the inside of a 3-4 defense.

NEGATIVES: Easily slowed up by blocks or knocked from his angle of attack. Shows average skills in pass coverage.

ANALYSIS: Underrated linebacker who stands out in run defense. Quick up the field, squares into tackles, and wraps up ball carriers, bringing them down on initial contact. Displays a good head for the ball and solid instincts in run defense. Gets depth on drops, fluid moving laterally, and covers a lot of area on the field. Good speed to the sidelines in pursuit of the action. Remains disciplined with assignments and effectively gets his teammates in proper position.

PROJECTION: 4th

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