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Joeckel has demonstrated the combination of size and athleticism in starting the past three seasons at the all-important left tackle position that he could ultimately be a No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft.
Joeckel (pronounced JOKE-ell) was a highly regarded prep prospect who signed with the Aggies over the likes of Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and many others. The Arlington, Texas native as a consensus All-American as a high school senior.
He won the starting left tackle position as a true freshman and has started ever since, earning a spot on the Big 12's All-Freshman team in 2010 and First Team honors by the Associated Press in 2011 (coaches voted him to the second team).
He continued his rapid development as a junior, becoming the fourth SEC player in the past six years to win the Outland Trophy. He also earned the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is given annually to the top blocker in the SEC, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference, the South Atlantic Conference and the South Conference.
Joeckel's ironclad blocking on the blind side was instrumental in quarterback Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman.
STRENGTHS: Possesses the prototypical build for today's left tackles with a relatively lean, tapered build, long arms and a thick lower half.
Smooth out of his stance in pass protection. Eases back and catches the defender easily, showing excellent lateral agility and balance to handle speed and counter-moves, as well as the core strength to absorb the bull rush.
Plays with excellent fundamentals. Keeps his knees bent, butt down and both his head and hands up. Alert. Recognizes stunts and zone-blitzes efficiently and without panic.
Demonstrates rare poise when initially beaten, showing a late burst and quick, strong hands to recover rather than simply become a turn-stile. Quick off the snap when run-blocking, demonstrating not only the burst to gain the advantage over defensive linemen in short-yardage situations but the mobility to get to and block effectively at the second level.
Keeps his hands inside the defenders' chest plate and keeps his feet moving on contact, generating legal blocks with great effectiveness. Quick, effective cut-blocker.
Durable. Started all 37 games of his collegiate career, each at left tackle.
WEAKNESSES: Played with greater physicality in 2012, though he could still show a little more nastiness, allowing defenders to ease from his grasp after he has made the initial block rather than finishing the block to completely eliminate his opponent.
Will occasionally allow his hands to slip to the side or lower back of the defender when blocking on the move, though he shows good recognition to ease up when doing so to not draw the flag.
Nitpicking, but it deserves mention that Joeckel was protected a bit by blocking for two mobile quarterbacks (Ryan Tannehill, Johnny Manziel) over the past two years and therefore pass rushers may have had some containment responsibilities and not rushed upfield quite as feverishly as they would against a more stationary target.
COMPARES TO: Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns -- Like the Browns' star left tackle, Joeckel boasts a combination of size, strength and athleticism that will one day result in All-Pro status.
Joeckel came to Texas A&M early from Arlington High School enrolling in January of 2010 to go through spring drills. Joeckel started his very first game as a true freshman at left tackle and started every game of his Aggie career (39 straight) protecting the blind side of Aggie quarterbacks Jerrod Johnson, Ryan Tannehill and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
Earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press … cornerstone of the Aggies' offensive front that allowed just nine sacks in 13 games and set school records for total, passing and scoring offense … offense front paved the way for an offense that averaged 490.2 yards of total offense, 291.1 passing yards and 39.1 points per game … helped the Aggies rush for 199.2 yard per game, which ranked No. 24 nationally … Aggies were one of the few team nationally to rank in the top 25 in all four major offense statistical categories.
A consensus All-American, Joeckel was the fourth SEC player to win the Outland Trophy in the past six years.
Earned the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is given annually to the top blocker in the SEC, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference, the South Atlantic Conference and the South Conference.
Following a standout season as a true freshman, named honorable mention All-Big 12 and to ESPN's All-Big 12 Freshman team ... started all 12 games at left tackle ... Cleared the way for a rushing attack that averaged over 165.8 yards per game and featured a 100-yard rusher in nine games.
One of the country's top offensive line prospects ... played for coach Scott Peach at Arlington High School ... consensus All-American as a senior (2009) ... anchored an offensive line that averaged just under 475 yards per game ... was a second-team all-state selection by The Associated Press ... named to the Super Team first team by the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the All-Dallas Area first team by The Dallas Morning News ... also a first-team all-district honoree and a SuperPrep Southwest Team member ... chose Texas A&M over offers from Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, UCLA and Texas Tech.
Luke Joeckel is the son of Reecanne and Dave Joeckel of Arlington, Texas ...born November 6, 1991 ... enrolled in January of 2010 and went through spring drills with A&M ... twin brother, Matt, is a freshman quarterback on the Aggie football team ... father, David, was a four-year football letterman at Texas Tech from 1979-82 ... business major.
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12/13/17 - LG Luke Joeckel was limited in practice due to a knee injury.
11/22/17 - LG Luke Joeckel practiced on Wednesday for the first time since knee surgery in October. He is expected to be able to return to the lineup this week. He was a full participant in practice.
11/17/17 - LG Luke Joeckel has a chance to return this week after having knee surgery during the team's bye week in October. Joeckel has missed four games after the surgery with rookie Ethan Pocic filling in over that span.
10/30/17 - LG Luke Joeckel is "maybe five weeks or something like that" away from returning for the Seahawks after knee surgery during the team's bye week, according to head coach Pete Carroll. He's missed Seattle's last two games.
10/25/17 - LG Luke Joeckel did not practice on Wednesday and is expected to miss the next few weeks after knee surgery over the team's bye week.