“Mount Cody” makes his way to Baltimore

In last Monday’s profile about the Ravens’ first pick Sergio Kindle, I mentioned how Kindle was part of a defense that led the nation in defending the run. Well the Ravens’ second pick, Terrence Cody, may have one-upped him in his college career.

In his two years at Alabama, “Mount Cody” was part of a defensive line that allowed just 68.2 rushing yards per game to rank second in the nation. More importantly, no individual has rushed for 100 yards since Cody arrived at Alabama.

Ray Lewis will like this guy.
Cody was born in Fort Myers, Fla. and was of course, large for a kid of his age. He wore size 10 shoes at the age of eight and eventually had a hard time affording shoes to fit his size 18 feet. Cody’s mother worked two jobs to support her eight children and his dad died in a car accident when he was 11.

Cody often had to help take care of his seven siblings and his schoolwork suffered. He didn’t have the grades to play football in his sophomore and junior years and this led him to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. His 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks helped lead his team to an 11-0 record in 2007. Rivals.com listed him as the 47th-best junior college player in the country coming out of junior college.

A lot of major college programs knew about Cody as he was finishing up his junior college career, but most were scared to take on a player who at times weighed 400 pounds. Alabama, coming off a 7-6 season, needed a big guy to fill the holes on a defense that had allowed 124.1 rushing yards a game the year before Cody arrived. Alabama took a risk and it paid off.

Showing up to Alabama’s early workouts at 362 pounds, Cody was determined to prove he had the athletic ability to handle tougher competition. In his first year at Alabama, and only his fifth season of competitive football, Cody recorded 24 tackles, half of a sack, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and two QB hurries. He earned first-team All-America honors, was a 2008 Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist and a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and Sporting News.

As a senior, Cody played in 14 games, recording 28 tackles, three QB hurries and two blocked kicks. His two blocked field goals against Tennessee earned him AT&T All-America Player of the Week. In the 2009 season he earned back-to-back defensive player of the week awards, was a mid-season All-American by both Sporting News and CBSsportsline.com and was a finalist for the Lombardi Award.

He also was a finalist for the Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Trophy, both of which honor the best defensive players in college football. However, Ndamukong Suh took home both those awards in 2009.

No one is sure how he’ll play into the Ravens’ plans in 2010, but head coach John Harbaugh said he most likely will see some playing time trying to block kicks.

He will wear #63 for the Ravens and rotate in with Kelly Gregg at nose tackle.

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