Haloti Ngata

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Defensive Lineman
Haloti Ngata

College: Oregon
Year: Sophomore
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 345
Birthday: January 21, 1984

Etuini Haloti Moala Ngata is a massive young man with a rare combination of power and agility. Opponents are satisfied if they can stop the defensive tackle’s forward surge; pushing him backwards is out of the question. Ngata also has the athletic ability to chase down quarterbacks and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. His ability to collapse the pocket and swallow blockers makes him the prototype lineman for a 3-4 defense.

Ngata tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the first half of Oregon’s first game last season, had it surgically repaired, and missed the rest of the season and spring practice. The Ducks expect him back, and he was healthy enough to compete as a part-time shot putter for the track team last spring, but he has to prove it on the football field. Ngata’s experience at this level consists only of his dozen games as a true freshman in 2002 and less than half of a game in 2003, so he needs more seasoning.

Off the field, Ngata is a quiet homebody and devout Mormon who comes from a very close-knit family. Tragedy struck the Ngata clan when Haloti’s father died in a car wreck last December. Ngata wants to earn his college diploma out of respect for his late father, who never graduated from high school. However, playing in the NFL is also one of his stated goals, so leaving school early is not necessarily out of the question since he could take care of his family with first-round money and finish his education later.

(profile written by Warren DeLuca


Haloti Ngata’s 2003 Stats G TCK TFL SKS FF FR 12 44 7 3.5 0 0 Haloti Ngata Haloti Ngata Home

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