Yanda Gets A Shout Out

Ravens offensive guard Marshal Yanda’s reputation as a tough player continues with other Iowa O-linemen.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Categories: 2010 NFL Combine, Mike Duffy

Marshal Yanda is known as a tough, mauler of  an offensive lineman, and apparently, his roots at the University of Iowa contributed greatly to that.

Or so says left tackle Bryan Bulaga, the next elite Hawkeye lineman to hit the draft.

Citing the tutelage of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, who was an assistant head coach for the Ravens’ offense from 1996-98, Bulaga believes he was bred to continue that nastiness.

Donning my official Ravens gear, I had a chance to ask Bulaga of that reputation.

“Is there a physical mentality?  I think so,” he said of Iowa’s linemen.  “That’s the way coach breeds his guys.  Be tough, physical and smart.  Those three words are up in our offensive line room.  Anytime you have a guy like that, you’re going to get a good offensive lineman.

“I see your jacket, and you’ve got Marshal Yanda. That says it all.”

The Ravens selected Yanda in the third round of the 2007 draft.  He has gone on to start 26 games, some at right guard, some at left tackle.

“The way things are done in the NFL is very similar as to what we do at Iowa,” Bulaga said.   ”Whenever scouts and coaches come to Iowa, they always compliment coach Ferentz about how he does stuff.”

Bulaga, the 2009 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, is expected to go high in the first round, even though he missed three games last season with a thyroid condition.

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