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There have been few bright spots for the Cougars the past few seasons, but they could at least hang their hat on their three-time Rimington Trophy candidate. The undisputed leader of the offensive line, Alfred started 44 games, including the final 29 of his career. The offensive MVP for seven of WSU's 12 games in 2009, Alfred was the only Cougar to be recognized on the Pac-10's all-conference team.
As impressive as his collegiate resume might sound, Alfred could struggle to find a niche in the NFL. Appearing smaller on film than his listed 6-2, 300 pounds, Alfred relies on technique and quickness to open holes. He may simply lack the bulk and strength to handle the massive defenders of today's NFL defensive linemen. Capable of lining up at guard, Alfred will have to hope his position versatility and consistency can prove the skeptics wrong.
Pass blocking: Quick, accurate hands to pop the defender after snapping the ball. Plays on the balls of his feet and with good balance. Good lateral agility to remain squarely in front of his opponent. Only adequate strength to absorb the bull rush. Can be driven into the pocket, but plays with good effort. Equally adept in shotgun and normal snapping. Keeps his head on a swivel and looks to help his teammates.
Run blocking: Good initial quickness. Relies on his agility and good technique to seal off the defender. Lacks the bulk and strength to drive defenders off the ball consistently. Can get to the second level, but has only adequate balance and agility to re-direct in space.
Pulling/trapping: Good initial quickness out of his stance and can move around the pile. Lacks sustained speed, and is too often beaten to the spot by veteran defenders.
Initial Quickness: Among his best attributes. Can beat bigger, stronger and more athletic defenders due to his burst and good technique. Consistently opens a gap on down blocks.
Downfield: At least adequate quickness to get to the second level, but only marginal balance and body control to adjust in space to hit the moving target. Lacks explosive power to knock defenders back when he does make the block, but can apply an initial pop, keeps his feet moving and does a good job of at least sealing off the defender.
Intangibles: Highly regarded by the coaching staff, Alfred earned Academic all-conference honors all fours years of his career and was given the Mike Utley Award as the Cougars' top offensive lineman. Earned WSU's Offensive Player of the Week award after seven of the Cougars' 12 games in 2009. Recognized for his leadership, toughness and versatility. Though he projects best at center, also has experience at guard, starting one game at left guard in 2006. Started 44 games over his career, including the last 29.
Alfred was the undisputed leader of the Cougar offense, starting all 12 games this season, garnering WSU Offensive Player of the Week seven times. He was one of two offensive linemen to start each week and ended his career starting his final 29 games. A Rimington Award candidate each of the past three seasons signifying the nation's outstanding center, Alfred was also a Pac-10 All-Academic selection last month.
Earned a varsity letter after starting at center all 13 games...garnered All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention honors and was also named to the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team for the third consecutive season...received the Mike Utley Award (Offensive Lineman of the Year) at WSU's annual awards banquet.
Earned a varsity letter after starting at center in 11 of the Cougars' 12 games in 2007...missed UCLA game...received the team's weekly Hammer Award following performance against San Diego State...also received team's weekly Offensive Line Award following performances against Wisconsin and Arizona State...member of an offensive line that helped team finish second in the conference and 28th in the country in total offense (435.25 yards per game)...helped WSU passing attack lead the conference and finish eighth in the nation at 319.58 passing yards per game...WSU finished third in the conference in sacks allowed (1.83 per game)...named All-Pacific-10 Conference Academic honorable mention.
V-letter…Games 12…Starts 8…All-Pacific-10 Conference academic honorable mention…The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team…Scout.com freshman All-America second team…received the following single-game team awards: Offensive Line/USC; Most action came at center, eight starts, but also played at guard early in the season; Made first career start at left guard against Stanford, then moved to center as the starter in replacement of the injured Josh Duin;...for the rest of the season continued to be the starter after Duin returned to action.
Coached by Darren McKay at Gig Harbor High School...lettered nine times during high school career, four times in football, three times in track & field, and twice in wrestling...team captain for both football and track & field as a senior...as a SOPHOMORE was an All-Narrows League selection on the defensive line...regional participant in both wrestling and track & field...as a JUNIOR earned first-team Narrows League Bridge Division honors on both offense and defense...named first-team All-Area by both the Tacoma News Tribune and Bremerton Sun...honorable mention All-State...took third place at the Class AAAA track & field meet in the shot put...as a SENIOR (2004-05) helped Gig Harbor to an 8-2 record...again named first-team Narrows League Bridge Division on both sides of the ball...first-team All-Area by the Tacoma News Tribune...also selected to the TNT's "Northwest Nuggets" and "Western 100"...earned first-team All-State honors on offense by the Tacoma News Tribune and the Associated Press...also received AP honorable mention recognition on defense...rated the No. 8 player in the state of Washington by Scout.com...rated the No. 56 player in the West (California, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Washington) by Scout.com...projected as a defensive tackle by Rivals.com, where he was rated No. 38 at that position nationally...named to the Seattle Times All-State team...named to the Washington Prep all-league first team on offense and defense...selected to play in the East-West All-Start game... Pierce County Scholar-Athlete nominee.
Kenneth David Alfred...born July 29, 1986 at Bellevue, Wash...parents David and Claudia Alfred...has one brother, Matt...father David played football at Western Washington University, while brother Matt currently plays for Eastern Washington...enjoys weight training, video games, reading, writing and filmmaking...compiled a 3.3 prep grade point average...Gig Harbor's 2004 homecoming king...English major.