PITTSBURGH STEELERS 2009 THIRD-ROUND DRAFT PICK KRAIG URBIK OFFENSIVE GUARD 79th Overall
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hudson High School
3rd Round – 79th Overall
Wisconsin has been known for developing quite a bit of offensive line talent for the NFL ever since former head coach Barry Alvarez arrived on campus. A member of that renowned coach's best recruiting class, Urbik was the first Badger freshman to start at offensive tackle since former All-American Chris Mcintosh did in 1996. He would go on to start 16 games at right tackle and 34 at right guard during his career, as that versatility has made him one of the most coveted linemen in the 2009 NFL Draft. At Hudson High School, Urbik was named to Prep Star's All-American team and was rated one of the top 55 players in the Midwest, according to Super Prep, as a senior. He was rated the third-best player in Wisconsin by Rivals.com, earning first-team All-State honors from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a senior. The team captain and MVP was also a first-team All-Conference selection while starting every game as a junior and senior. Urbik lettered in basketball and track, in addition to playing football. As a senior, he placed fifth in shot put at Division I state meet. Urbik enrolled at Wisconsin in 2004, earning Scout Team Player of the Week honors for his performance on that squad prior to the Michigan State clash. In 2005, he started 13 games at right offensive tackle, delivering 66 knockdowns and nine touchdown-resulting blocks to earn second-team Freshman All-American honors. The team ranked 14th in the nation in scoring (34.31 ppg.) and 11th in pass efficiency (149.51 rating) during his first year with the varsity. In 2006, Urbik shifted to right offensive guard. He tallied 83 knockdowns and eight touchdown-resulting blocks to help the Badgers average 29.23 points and 373.2 yards per game in total offense. Even though the front wall allowed 30 quarterback sacks, only one was charged to their sophomore offensive guard. As a junior, Urbik received consensus All-Big Ten Conference second-team honors. He started the first 10 games at right guard, closing the season with three more starting assignments at left tackle. He registered a team-high 104 knockdowns and led the Big Ten guards with 15 touchdown-resulting blocks. Behind his stellar performance, the team averaged 408.77 yards per game, finishing second in the league and 21st nationally with a rushing average of 200.77 yards. He also recorded his only tackle for his career, coming vs. Penn State. Urbik was named to Phil Steele's All-American first-team and chosen first-team All-Big Ten Conference by several publications. He made 72 knockdowns and 11 touchdown resulting blocks, paving the way for the conference-leading ground attack that averaged 211.15 yards per game, the 14th-best figure in the nation.
Urbik started 50 games at Wisconsin, lining up at right guard 34 times and added 16 more starts at right tackle...In 2005, he became the first Badger freshman to start at offensive tackle since former All-American Chris Mcintosh did in 1996...As a Badger, he registered 45 touchdown-resulting blocks and 325 knockdowns...In his final two seasons, Urbik tallied 176 knockdowns, 15 down field blocks and 26 touchdown-resulting blocks on a total of 1,641 offensive plays, grading 86.58% in those 24 games...During that span, he allowed only three quarterback sacks and two pressures on 680 pass plays.
All-American fourth-team selection by Phil Steele's College Football magazine...AII-Big Ten Conference first-team choice by Athlon Sports, Lindy's and Blue Ribbon College Yearbook, adding second-team honors from the league's coaches and media...Member of the Outland Trophy Watch List...Started 11 games at right guard...Registered 72 knockdowns, 11 touchdown-resulting blocks and three down-field blocks, grading 85.73% for blocking consistency...Allowed just one quarterback sack and one pressure on 333 pass plays...Penalized twice for false starts...Helped the running attack rank 14th in the nation and lead the Big Ten with an average of 211.15 yards per game...The Badgers also averaged 27.46 points and ranked third in the conference with an average of 399.23 yards per game in total offense.
Earned All-American third-team and All-Big Ten Conference first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, adding second-team All-Big Ten honors from the league's coaches and media...Started the team's first 10 games at right offensive guard before shifting to right tackle for the Badgers' final three contests...Played a major role in helping the team rank second in the conference and 21st in the nation in rushing, averaging 200.77 yards per game...The offensive line struggled, ranking 91st nationally by allowing 2.54 sacks per game (33 for minus 225 yards), but Urbik gave up just a pair of sacks and one pressure on 347 pass plays...Led the front wall with 104 knockdowns and key blocks, producing and setting up 15 touchdowns with his resulting blocks.. Added 12 blocks down field and was penalized just once (false start)...His blocking consistency grade of 87.31 % was the second-best grade of any offensive lineman in the Big Ten, topped only by the first pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Michigan's Jake Long (87.85%)...ln the team's final three games, with Urbik at right tackle the offense produced the best performances for the season...In those three contests vs. Michigan, Minnesota and Tennessee (Outback Bowl), the offensive line allowed just four sacks for losses of 23 yards (1.33 sacks per game, compared to the team's season average of 2.54 sacks per game)...In those three games, the team averaged 249.67 yards rushing (compared to their season average of 200.77 yards) and 422.33 yards in total offense (compared to 408.77 yards for the season) per game...The running attack produced eight of their 29 touchdowns (27.58%) in the three games Urbik lined up at tackle.
Shifted to right offensive guard in preseason drills, starting all 14 contests...Posted 83 knockdowns and eight touchdown-resulting blocks, grading 84.32% for blocking consistency...Part of a line that helped the Badgers average 211.46 yards passing and 161.19 yards rushing per game...team ranked second in conference in scoring, averaging 29.23 points.
Second-team Freshman All-American selection by *The Sporting News and Rivals.com...Became the first Badger freshman to start at tackle since former All-American Chris Mcintosh did in 1996, lining up at right tackle in all 13 games...Registered 66 knockdowns and nine touchdown-resulting blocks, finishing with an 83.4% grade...The Badgers averaged 396.54 yards per game and ranked third in the conference in scoring with a 34.31-point average, 14th-best in the nation.
Redshirted as a freshman.
Attended Hudson (Wisc.) High School, playing football for head coach Craig Jilek...Was a teammate of current Wisconsin Badgers offensive tackle Eric Vanden Heuvel...Named to Prep Star's All-American team and was rated one of the top 55 players in the Midwest, according to Super Prep, as a senior...Rated the third-best player in Wisconsin by Rivals.com, earning first-team All-State honors from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a senior...The team captain and MVP was also a first-team All-Conference selection while starting every game as a junior and senior...Lettered in basketball and track, in addition to playing football...As a senior, he placed fifth in shot put at Division I state meet.
Agricultural Journalism major...Son of Joanne and Kenneth Urbik...Born 9/23/85...Resides in Hudson, Wisconsin.