Michigan State - Spartans
Brian Linthicum - #88 - TE
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/14/2012 Michigan State Pro Day||6-4||249||9 5/8||32 1/4||78 1/4||4.89||28||9'0"||27 1/2||4.62||12.56||7.37|
|01/23/2012 Senior Bowl||6-3 3/4||249||9 3/4||32 5/8||78 1/2|
|03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day||6-4||240||4.80|
ast name is pronounced “LYNN-thi-come.” Was an all-state selection as a junior in New Mexico as a tight end and defensive end before finishing his prep career in Virginia as one of the nation’s top tight ends. Began his collegiate career at Clemson in 2007, where he participated in all 13 games (five starts) as a true freshman and hauled in 11 passes for 76 yards (6.9-yard average) and three touchdowns plus 30 knockdown blocks. Sat out the ’08 season after transferring to Michigan State. Saw action in 12 games with seven starts for the Spartans in ’09, registering 20-266-2 (13.3) and leading the tight ends with 14 pancake blocks. Underwent surgery for a dislocated left kneecap in December ’09 and did not play in the Valero Alamo Bowl or participate in ’10 spring practice. Returned from his knee injury in the fall to play in all 13 games, including six starts when MSU lined up in a double-tight end formation, and posted 18-230-1 (12.8). Graduated in December of ’10 and is working on a master’s degree in kinesiology. Was arrested March 11, 2011, in Aspen, Colo. after a bar fight and was charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault and eluding police. In April, took a plea deal down to misdemeanor harassment and was sentenced to one year probation to include community service, anger management class and a fine. Started 13-of-14 games at tight end (all but Central Michigan) in ’11 and grabbed 31-364-0 (11.7).Positives:
Can make athletic catches (see diving grab against Alabama in 2009). Good concentration over the middle. Is tough and will play through pain.Negatives:
Needs to improve functional strength — has an unstable base and struggles to sustain and finish. Had difficulty matching with some of the upper-echelon defensive ends he faced. Could stand to play with more physicality. Average quickness off the line. Tight hips. Unpolished route runner. Has some concentration drops. Has a history of knee problems.Summary:
Elevated his standing by showing receiving ability, but is not a remarkable athlete, nor is he a glass-eater, and will never be more than a backup. Played through a leg injury as a junior after transferring from Clemson and was a secondary option behind senior starter Charlie Gantt, who emerged in his final year.
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