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Old 10-09-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Matt Paradis
Default Broncos add safety Blake Gideon to practice squad

Welcome to the newest Bronco -- here's some info about him:

College: University of Texas
Position: Strong Safety
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 204
40-yard dash: 4.58
Vertical Jump: 35.5
Broad Jump: 9' 09"
Bench Press: 15 reps

Started all 52 games during his career at safety ... his 52 consecutive starts rank second most at Texas ... graduated in December 2011 with a degree in physical culture and sport ... named to the 2011 Thorpe Award watch list ... a four-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection ... posted 276 tackles (166 solo), 10 INTs, 20 PBU, two sacks, eight TFL, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt for his career ... earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors and was a team captain in 2011 ... started all 13 games at safety with 82 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2010 after posting 68 tackles (42 solo), two INTs, four PBU, one sack, three TFL, one forced fumble and one blocked punt ... an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2009 with 62 tackles (35 solo), two TFL, six INTs, five PBU and a fumble recovery ... the six INTs tied for seventh on UT's single-season list ... started all 13 games at safety as a true freshman ... tabbed second-team Freshman All-America and named honorable mention All-Big 12 after finishing third on the team in tackles with 64 (41 solo) to go along with seven PBU, a TFL, a forced fumble and eight pressures ... a two-time all-state selection in high school who also lettered in baseball and track and field ... tallied over 100 tackles in each of his final two seasons as a prepster ... a two-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll (Spring 2009/Fall 2010) ... father, Steve, was the head coach at Leander High School before retiring.

Coached by his father, Steve Gideon, at Leander H.S. ... a three-year starter at safety who recorded 300 tackles, 10 INTs, six forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and 14 TDs in his final three years ... also saw action on special teams and at QB ... named first-team 5A all-state by the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association, district 14-5A MVP and first-team All-Centex as a senior ... helped the Leander Lions finish second in the district by posting 142 tackles, eight INTs, 10 PBU, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries ... also posted 533 rushing yards and 14 TDs as a situational QB ... posted a career-high 15 tackles to go along with an INT, a forced fumble, 99 yards rushing, a TD and a blocked extra point against Pflugerville ... earned honorable mention all-state by the Associated Press and first-team all-district honors as a junior ... notched 119 tackles, two INTs, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... tabbed honorable mention all-district as a sophomore ... posted 39 tackles in six games before sustaining a season-ending injury ... a versatile three-sport letterman who played baseball as a freshman and ran on the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays ... led the 4x400-meter relay to regionals as a sophomore and junior.

Born in DeLeon, Texas ... has lived in Comanche (ages 0-1), Groesbeck (ages 1-4), Munday (ages 4-7), Midland (ages 7-9), Athens (ages 9-11) and Leander (ages 11-present) ... majoring in physical culture and sport ... a two-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll (Spring 2009/Fall 2010) ... a prep honor roll student ... two-time academic all-state and three-time academic all-district ... his father, Steve, played cornerback at Stephen F. Austin (1977) and was his coach at Leander ... enjoys hunting and fishing.

Evaluation from CBS Sports:
Strengths: Has solid size for the position and plays stronger than he will test. Very aggressive against the run and is a hard hitter. Doesn't shy from contact. Uses his eyes well and is a smart, instinctive player with good feel to know where to be on the field. Has very good pre-snap recognition and reacts quickly to the run. Active and does a nice job working through a crowd to make the hit. Does a nice job reading eyes of the passer and jumping routes with solid ballskills (10 career INTs). A tough, hard worker who loves the game and is consistently playing at full speed. Has very good starting experience, starting every game of his collegiate career (52 starts). Possesses very good intangibles as the son of a coach with outstanding toughness and confidence.
Weaknesses: A stiff, straight-line athlete who lacks explosive range and fluid burst. Doesn't have the top-end speed to recover after a false step. Struggles in space with limited lateral ability and has trouble making the play when the action isn't directly in front of him. Struggles to consistently find the ball and is a liability in coverage with inconsistent reads. Too many blown assignments, biting on fakes and playing overaggressive. An undisciplined tackler and misses too many open-field opportunities. Inconsistent angles and poor tackling technique, hitting too high. Didn't show consistent improvement over his career and failed to take his game to the next level from his freshman to senior years.
NFL Comparison: Chris Maragos, Seattle Seahawks

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