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Pudewell is an underrated receiver who many scouts feel is one of premier blockers in the country at his position. The offensive co-captain has the quickness to locate and obliterate second-level defenders and also shows the natural hands to look the ball in when working in a crowd.
Pudewell was a two-time All-League and All-Conference selection at Oak Ridge High School, competing as a tight end. He led the team to the sectional finals during his junior and senior seasons. He was also an accomplished pitcher for the Oak Ridge baseball team.
Pudewell did not attend college in 2001 and was a late addition to the Nevada roster in 2002. He suffered a right knee injury in the season opener against Washington State, undergoing surgery that forced him to miss the rest of the year. He started seven of nine games in 2003, missing two contests with a left shoulder injury that would require surgery after the season. He caught 12 passes for 123 yards (10.2 avg) and two touchdowns for the year.
Pudewell returned to action in 2004, starting all 12 games. He made 13 catches for 156 yards (12.0 avg), but did not find the end zone. The 2005 season saw Pudewell garner All-Western Athletic Conference second-team honors. He grabbed a career-high 27 passes for 308 yards (11.4 avg) and a pair of scores. He delivered eight touchdown-resulting blocks and also recorded one tackle.
Pudewell's ankle injury in fall camp forced him to miss the Arizona State game and see limited action against Fresno State, Colorado State and Northwestern in 2006. He had only two passes thrown to him in his first two contests before heating up at midseason. He finished his final season with 10 touchdown-resulting blocks while catching 21 passes for 198 yards (9.4 avg) and two touchdowns.
In 46 games at Nevada, Pudewell started 30 contests. He caught 69 passes for 734 yards (10.6 avg) with six touchdowns. He recovered an onside kickoff to preserve a 38-35 victory over Fresno State in 2005 and registered a pair of solo tackles.
Positives: Has a well-proportioned frame with room to carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness...Has good upper body muscle tone, thick chest, broad shoulders and thick thighs and calves...Shows the balance, flexibility and change of direction skills to be very effective working underneath...Runs with a smooth stride and demonstrates good hand/eye coordination to look the ball in and separate without having to gather...Minimal rep type who knows his assignments and easily takes the plays from the chalkboard to the field...Makes good adjustments on the field and is quick to find and settle into the soft areas...After the catch, he squares his shoulders, shields the ball and drives hard through the initial tackle...Has good movement skills and loose hips to avoid the jam...Builds nicely to top acceleration and has a functional second gear to stretch the field...His strength in his RAC is evident by his consistency in breaking tackles...Better when used as a traditional tight end on short-area routes, but has good lateral quickness to be utilized in motion...Makes crisp open-field cuts and can drive through the defender, showing good awareness of coverage...Precise when cutting and has the valid strength to power through tackles...Will ride up and eat a cushion vs. second-level defenders (linebackers/safeties)...Has the soft hands to catch away from his frame, good hand/eye coordination and the body control to adjust to the off-target throws...Is a physical second level run blocker and has the strength to out-fight the defender for the ball...Generates a strong hand punch as a blocker and gets good placement with them in attempts to sustain...Determined, nasty in-line blocker with a good lower body base and a strong hand punch to shock and jolt a lethargic defender...Has the hip swerve and pad level to gain advantage upon initial contact...Has quick feet on the kick slide and keeps his hands active to get under the jersey of the defender and ride him out...Needs to stay on his blocks more (looks for secondary targets to attack rather than lock on and sustain for long), but when attacking the second level, he takes good angles and positions himself well to deliver a strong lick on a linebacker.
Negatives: Used mostly on screens, curls and crossers, so you really can't see his deep route speed, but based on his agility tests, he could be effective running down the ball past the intermediate area and has the ability to leverage...Because of the system he is used in, you can't really evaluate his route running skills, as he has had only limited opportunities to catch the ball...Will extend for the off-target throws, but needs to work on his timing to get to the pass at its high point (jumps too early sometimes)...Despite his loose hips, he has shorter than normal arm length for the position and lacks leaping ability...His timing seems to be off in his jumps, as it is rare to see him get to the ball at its high point (his vertical jump of 26.5 inches is one of the worst among senior tight end prospects)...Can power through linebackers and safeties, but even with his good timed speed, he won't simply explode and elude as an open-field runner...Has loose hips, but needs to develop more moves in attempts to elude the speedier defenders, as he relies more on his strength, rather than quickness, to separate.
Compares To: CHRIS COOLEY-Washington...While Pudewell does not get many opportunities to be involved in the passing game, he has the soft, natural hands and short-area burst like Cooley to gain valid yardage. He can easily separate from linebackers after the catch and shows good urgency working back for the ball. He is a much better blocker that Cooley can ever hope to be, but you can see the body control, balance and hand usage that the Redskin tight end displays to feel that Pudewell will be a productive pro player.
Pudewell caught 73 passes during his Wolf Pack career, producing 38 first downs.
All-Western Athletic Conference second-team choice...Rated the 20th-best tight end in college football by The Sporting News...An August camp ankle sprain sidelined the offensive co-captain for the Arizona State game and he saw limited action in three other early season games due to the injury...Started eleven of twelve contests, producing ten touchdown-resulting blocks, as he also caught 21 passes for 198 yards (8.6 avg) and two touchdowns...Eight of his catches resulted in first downs, including four inside the red zone...He also had big plays that set up five touchdown drives and three more that ended with field goals...The tight end added one solo tackle...Three of the 28 passes targeted to Pudewell were deflected by the opposition.
Second-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection...Winner of the team's Striker Award, given for his consistent and exceptional play...Also earned a Basalite Big Blocker Award, as he came up with eight touchdown-resulting blocks and 63 knockdowns while starting all twelve games at tight end...Tied for third on the team with 27 receptions for 308 yards (11.4 avg) and two touchdowns...Also registered one solo tackle and recovered an onside kickoff in the final minute of action to preserve a 38-35 decision over Fresno State in the regular season finale.
Played in nine games, starting seven contests...Sat out spring drills with a left shoulder sprain that would bother him during the season...He took a late hit to his shoulder by Terry Holley in the Southern Methodist clash, sitting out the following week vs. Nevada-Las Vegas...Also missed the season finale vs. Boise State...Finished with twelve catches for 1223 yards (10.2 avg) and a pair of touchdowns.
Appeared in the season opener vs. Washington State, but suffered a right knee ligament tear...Underwent surgery, missing the rest of the season...Was granted a medical hardship.
Did not attend school.
2002: Sat out the rest of the season after suffering a right knee ligament tear against Washington State (8/31) in the season opener, undergoing surgery.
2003: Suffered a left shoulder strain in spring camp and re-injured his left shoulder after a late hit in the Southern Methodist game (9/27), sitting out the following week against Nevada-Las Vegas (10/04) and the season finale against Boise State (11/29) to rest his injured shoulder.
2006: An August camp ankle sprain would force Pudewell to see limited action in three of the team's first four games (Fresno State, Colorado State, Northwestern) and sit out the Arizona State game (9/09).
Campus: 4.66 in the 40-yard dash...1.63 10-yard dash...4.17 20-yard shuttle...335-pound bench press...500-pound squat...405-pound hang clean...31 1/2-inch arm length...9 7/8-inch hands...Right-handed...28/38 Wonderlic score.
Combine: 5.07 in the 40-yard dash...Bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times...25 1/2-inch vertical...8'5" broad jump...4.41 20-yard shuttle run...7.31 three-cone drill.
Attended Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Chris Jones...Two-time All-League and All-Conference selection, competing as a tight end...Led the team to the sectional finals during his junior and senior seasons...Was also an accomplished pitcher for the Oak Ridge baseball team.
International Business major...Son of Jennifer and Jeff Pudewell...Born 4/06/83...Resides in El Dorado Hills, California.