Originally posted on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 7/29/13
Hroniss Grasu is the real deal. Nfldraftscout.com rates him #1 out of 90 junior centers in the country. The PAC-12 coaches chose him as their All-Conference center in 2012, and the Ducks prize his strength and agility so much that he drives and lead blocks for a great percentage of their big plays. In this video clip, we'll see Grasu first in a series of running plays, all carries by De'Anthony Thomas in last year's home game against Colorado, a game in which the Crenshaw High speedster carried 5 times for 97 yards and a touchdown.  Agile, mobile, hostile: Grasu's agility allows the Ducks to use him pulling and leading their quick running backs at the second level, a skill that makes him a coveted NFL prospect and a fierce weapon in the Oregon offense. (fishduck.com photo)       Scouting notes: :33 Fly sweep left from the Colorado 9. Grasu pulls from his center position and screens off the inside linebacker, (#1), allowing De’Anthony Thomas to skip into the end zone.                                                                                                                :49 Inside handoff to Thomas off the fly sweep look. Grasu’s responsibility is to shield off the nose tackle, and he stands him up at the line, creating a crease that DAT turns into a 26-yard gain.                                                                                           1:02 Twin backs. 1st and 20 from the 13. Stretch play left. Grasu has to slide step and keep the nose off the ball. He stymies the DT, using his hands inside the shoulder pads to keep the defender controlled. 5-yard gain.                                                      1:08 1st and 10 from the 28. Stretch play left, and Grasu pulls and pancakes the contain man, and a seconder defender falls like a domino. 44-yard run.                                                                                                                                                            1:36 2nd and 6. Thomas in motion from the slot. Outside zone read right. Grasu pulling turns 5 yards upfield leading the fastest back in the country. Gets a bead on the safety, taking him down and screening the cornerback out of the play at the same time. 13 yd gain. Ankle tackle saves a TD.      
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