Each day during training camp, the Redskins Blog will be highlighting one rookie as they participate in their first professional camp and try to find their way onto the final roster. Today’s spotlight is on guard/center Josh LeRibeus.
The football stuff
Josh LeRibeus, the Redskins’ third-round (71st overall) pick in April’s NFL Draft, is considered an aggressive guard that could also fill in at center when needed.
The SMU product said he’s getting adjusted to the zone-blocking scheme Redskins coach Mike Shanahan uses.
“Zone blocking was our big thing at SMU, but here it isn’t just taking a single zone step,” LeRibeus said after the team’s first walk-through session of training camp Thursday at Redskins Park. “It changes based on the play. Just knowing the different tendencies of the different players and adjusting off them is probably the biggest thing.”
One item helping LeRibeus and the rest of his rookie teammates better understand the playbook is the iPads that were recently issued to each player.
“I like the way it’s organized,” he said. “And it’s got the notes for every play and I love it. I just transfer it from my journal to the iPad and have them in a doc.”
Sure, technology helps, but actually going out on the field and executing is LeRibeus’ main concern.
The speed, he said, is an adjustment from college to the pros.
“It’s something you think about because when you think college, it’s fast at some points,” LeRibeus said. “But practice here is faster than the games in college pretty much. It’s intense.”
Just a phase
One of the best aspects about the younger players in the National Football League is the ability to easily go back to their high school days and see what kind of recruit they were considered going into college.
And LeRibeus was a pretty good recruit — he was named the 23rd overall guard prospect in the nation by ESPN.com and was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
But I had to have LeRibeus explain his high school photo that fortunately still lives on Rivals.com:
What’s with the mustache, man?
‘It was a phase,” LeRibeus admitted. “Not attractive. Looking back, it definitely had a bit of a pedophilia look.”
LeRibeus said he’s been paired with fellow rookie guard Adam Gettis as roommates for training camp. Things have gone smoothly so far.
“It’s going great,” LeRibeus said. “No snoring — it’s been good.”
We’ll see how he feels about that in a couple of weeks.
I know you fans also like a good nickname. LeRibeus said he’s embraced a couple of nicknames: “Rib-Eye” and “The Rib.”
He’s also been known to be referred to as “XBox 360″ and “Kung Fu Panda.”
Five W’s and one H:
Who is the greatest TV character of all-time?
“Michael Scott from ‘The Office.'”
What is your favorite football moment ever?
“The game against Central Florida last year” (a 38-17 win for SMU) … ” I just threw a linebacker.”
When did you first realize you were going to be a large man?
“When I was about 2 years old.”
Where is your favorite place to go out to eat?
“I love seafood.”
Why did you never become a Cowboys fan (he’s from the Dallas area)?
“I was a (Houston) Texans fans.”
How excited were you to sign your contract?
“I couldn’t get here fast enough.”
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