Baylor Three: Part II.
is the opposite of Oakman in many ways. He is a freak, but it isn't so
apparent. Once Oakman walks into a room you can see that he is an athletic
marvel. Billings is short for an NFL D-linemen, and a little frumpy in his
uniform. But he is a freak. He translates his freakish weight room
strength onto the field with freakish power. He is a guy who is so strong
in the weight room that he had a legit shot at breaking the all time
Squatting record. And as I always say, Squatting strength is one of my
secret measurements that I think translates to steals. No exercise
translates directly to the football field, and sports, better than
looks small on the line a lot, for a nose tackle. But he plays with more
pure power, from his squat-strengthen legs than anyone else in this Draft.
I'm not talking about double teams, I'm talking about triple teams. I have
never seen a guy power backwards all three interior O-linemen while they
are tripling him. The power in his legs is astounding.
he will have to end his quest to be the all time power squatter in the
NFL. He has to train for football, and sustaining himself on the field.
Squatting a 1,000-pounds is pushing it even for me. It has to end in sore
knees. At some point all exercises become a negative, epically as you get
older. To me, while squatting is the best exercise for football, squatting
over a 1,000-pounds just gets dangerous.
teams want their Nose Tackles to occupy blockers. Nobody in this Draft
occupies blockers better than Billings. He beats triple teams with his
legs. So not only is he occupying three blockers that can't then block his
teammates, he beats them and makes plays, and gets pressure on the QB.
Powerful All-American defensive lineman, 2015 Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of Year and Defensive Lineman of Year... 2016 NFL Scouting Combine participant... Key cog in leading Baylor to most successful three-year span in school history: including two conference championships (2013 & 2014 Big 12 titles), 32 wins (17-2 home mark) and Russell Athletic Bowl win... Two-time All-Big 12 honoree and semifinalist for 2015 Bednarik Award... Left school ranked ninth all-time in career TFL (30)... Totaled 106 tackles (75 solo), 30 tackles for loss (-112 yards), 7.5 sacks (-57 yards) and 15 QB hurries in 36 games in three-year career... Recorded tackle in 35 of 36 career games played... Named "College Football's Strongest Player" by NFL.com... Local phenom from Waco High School, former national top 200 recruit... Incredibly strong and compact, former record-breaking weightlifter, broke 22-year-old Texas prep state meet record with 2,010-pound effort (805 squat, 500 bench, 705 dead lift) in 2012 -- previous record was held by Mark Henry... Recorded 690-pound squat, 400-pound clean lift... Vertical jump measured at 32-inches even, broad jump at nine feet, two inches... Timed at 4.94 in 40-yard dash.
has great quick and powerful hands. They are not only heavy, but they are
so fast. He gets his hands up and into blockers shirts as quick as anyone
in this Draft. One thing about Nose Tackles is that they are becoming less
and less important. That is why I did the TCU Tape, because TCU barely
ran, and he was passrushing all game.
just keeps consistently playing with unblockable power. No one in this
draft plays with more leverage, while constantly keeping their feet and
hands moving and attacking. He has great short stepping feet that are
constantly moving and digging and powering bigger linemen and double and
triple teams backwards. He is a 3-4 DC's dream nose tackle.
was a pure Nose tackle in 2015. He took on the Center and guards all game
long. He was blocked by more O-linemen than any other player in this
Draft. He is such a natural two-gapper that 3-4 teams have to be drooling
over his potential as a Nose Tackle. He plays so low with amazing strength
and leverage. He had a terrific 2015 season:
(Junior): Earned All-America honors and named Co-Big 12
Defensive Player of Year and Defensive Lineman of Year as junior... Named
Bednarik Award semi-finalist... Starting nose tackle in 12 of 13 games
(missed game due to injury)... Ranked fifth in Big 12 with 1.17 tackles
for loss per game and tied for 11th with 0.46 sacks per game... Ranked in
eighth-place tie on school's single-season TFL chart with 15... Totaled 40
tackles (32 solo), 15 TFL (-66 yards), 5.5 sacks (-40 yards), three
hurries and one forced fumble on season... Named first-team All-American
by Associated Press, ESPN, Athlon and SportsOnEarth (second-team by FWAA,
Sporting News, USA Today, CBS Sports, Phil Steele)... Named Big 12
Defensive Player of Year by league coaches (co), Athlon and 247Sports and
Defensive Lineman of Year by coaches... Earned unanimous first-team
All-Big 12 honors... Named "CFB's Strongest Player" by
NFL.com... Had two TFLs (seven yards) in season-opening win over SMU...
Made five solo stops, including two for loss of three yards, in win over
Lamar in second game... Forced fumble and had four unassisted tackles, one
for loss, in win over Rice in third game... Made career-high three TFLs
(10 yards, including three-yard sack) on season-high six tackles before
leaving with ankle injury (in third quarter) in win over West Virginia in
sixth game... Named Bednarik Award Player of Week following WVU game...
Did not play in seventh game while rehabbing... Saw limited action in
return to field in eighth game at K-State, but recorded no stats... Had
five tackles (one for loss of four yards) and assisted sack vs. No. 12
Oklahoma in ninth game... Totaled career-high two sacks (-17 yards) and
three total tackles in win at No. 4 Oklahoma State in 10th game... Earned
Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of Week honors following performance in OSU
win... Made eight-yard sack and had three total stops vs. No. 15 TCU in
11th game... Had five tackles, including nine-yard sack, vs. Texas in 12th
game... Made two stops in win over No. 10 North Carolina in Russell
has an amazingly powerful move that he uses inside, where he clubbed the
shoulder of the OC and shoved him into the dirt by pulling his shirt. Then
he broke free and sacked the QB. That was as incredible a move as I have
seen a 300-pound nose tackle make. He was lined up in a 3-man front and
clubbed the OC into the dirt and then threw the QB into the dirt to force
guys has a reputation of being maybe the strongest guy in the FBS. He is a
weight room monster who can play football. Plays like a NT inside. He can
look and play tough, and then jack the OG 7-yards back into the QB with
amazing power. He had 11.5 TFL in 2014. Plays NT in odd fronts. Plays mostly
3-tech in even fronts. Shows impressive speed chasing the QB outside. This
guy is a total freak who has the strongest legs in the FBS. Consistently
doubled, and gets blocked from behind. Struggles on reads sometimes. He
looks like a guy who might need it simple. When he sees it, he can toss
the OC off and get to the ball fast. He uses his hands and feet very well
moving laterally down the line.
He gets such great push up the middle. When the QB has to hold onto the
ball, he pushes the pocket back into him, and can shed and get the sack
when the QB takes off. Looks like he finally put it together half way
through the season. He had a bad ankle, and once it was healed he started
playing to his ranking. He just keeps moving up field, on run downs and
passing downs, and through a ton of double teams.
quickness off the snap. Against TCU he shoved the double team block of the
ORG and OC into the OLG, where he was tripled by three O-linemen and ended
up in a turnover. Those guys always go in the 1st. Baylor kept going with
a three man rush, and he kept getting pressure right up the middle through
multiple blockers. He has made himself into a nightmare. Billings kept
powering the triple team of all three interior linemen backwards in the
3rd quarter. He grabbed the OC by the shoulders and rolled him to the
ground into the OLG, and they both went down. That is the most amazing
rush I have ever seen by an interior linemen (4th quarter 10:00 to go).
and broke towards the QB. Amazing power in his hands. He keeps powering
the tripling team backwards. He came up with a limp against TCU and stayed
in the game. He can get outside the tackle, and chase down the RB on a
does a have a lightning blast off where he is by the OC in a flash. He doesn't use it a lot, he is more of a two gapper in the middle. When he
gets the outside shoulder of the OC, and isn’t doubled, he flashes into
the QB in a flash. When he gets the shoulder of the OC, he can rip past the
double team as low as a fire hydrate. Great quick feet looping outside on
a stunt. He plays so low to the ground that it is hard to chop him. It is
amazing how he can bend an OG backwards with one hand, while holding off
the double with the other. It is amazing how he gets pressure up the
middle against the triple team. Dived to the ground a lot against UNC for
some reason. He has a nice spin move to burst himself out of the double
Billings is a very unique prospect. So you could see him drop. Many
NFL scouts have shot Billings up over Oakman. "His one glaring problem is going to be his height, that will limit him a
little," a scout said. "But he's very powerful, very strong and the thing that does help him is that being shorter, he's got a lower center of gravity, so it's harder for linemen to move him."
Billings is a mini Hulk. He is the most power inside guy in this
He has a
great motor and is the workout warrior in this Draft. But he is
short, and might have short arms. He played
offense in High School. He dominated everyone they put in front of him,
and garnered an astounding 266 pancake blocks.
He was a two way player in high school, and was used as a 3rd down rusher in the
middle of the line.
"Most kids, they might split a double team once a game," his high school
coach Marty Herbst said. "He did it down after down. If he was going against the center, that center was gonna go backwards, whether he wanted to or not."
He did that all season at Baylor as well. I never saw a guy who could
consistently pushed the double team back like this guy.
His combination a leverage and power was legendary at Baylor. "Billings is a big, athletic defensive tackle with exceptional size and physical skills," Bucky Brooks said. "Measuring 6-foot-1, 310 pounds, he exhibits extraordinary strength, power and agility for a big man. Billings routinely knocks back blockers with powerful punches at the point of attack. He routinely uses a
'butt-and-jerk' or bull rush maneuver to knock blockers on their heels before quickly disengaging to pursue the ball carrier in the backfield."
To me his arm length could determine how high he goes.
He is already being compared to Aaron Donald.
"For me, it's Billings," an NFL exec said. "Worst case is he's a solid, disruptive starter. Best case,
he's an Aaron Donald-type game-plan wrecker." He was so powerful pushing
back the pocket that Baylor started rushing two guys when teams were behind
at the end of game, just Billings and Oakman.
tape might be more for Billings. I watched this game and thought Billings
was spectacular. There are some plays missing from this Tape. It seemed Oakman and Billings were rushing by themselves
the whole 2nd half of the game. Billings was incredible. After rewatching
the Tape he was not as inhuman as I remembered. But he
was still incredible, and looked like an easy 1st round lock. This wasn't
Oakman's best game of the season. But he played tough in the run and rush,
and was consistently doubled as well.
is the Blindside DE. He gets
up field, then he uses his long arms and freakish strength to just dismiss
the OLT. This was an example of a large part of his problem this season.
He was in a more read and react system. So he was coached to stack and
shed, which slows his rush. He blasts off the snap, and watch how quickly
he gets his hands up. With his spider arms extended, the OLT can't grab
his shirt. But he has to slow a little to read the play. Then he uses his
quick hands to slap his arms down. And the second slap to separate from the
OLT completely, and he has a lane to the QB. That is an elite rush for a
5-Tech. The play turns into a Draw, and you have to watch Oakman chase the
ultra quick scatback downfield, on the other side of the LOS to make the
tackle. That is a great play (:01). This is what Billing just seems to do
so naturally. He stacks the OG up with his hands. Reads the play. Then
tosses the ORG aside the instant he reads it. Watch the sudden push-pull
with his hands as he shed the OG and charges into the backfield. But the
quick RB Green is just able to move laterally enough to sneak past him.
lines up at DT and tries to Rip to the QB, but was on the wrong side of the
line for that move. Oakman rushes like he is playing contain. He is more
interested in stopping Boykin from running. But again, watch the club and
Rip he uses to slash inside at will (:12). Oakman just heads up field and
pushes the OLT back towards the RB as he tries to see if he has the ball
(:27). Here is where it starts. He gets a straight two on one double team.
The OC isn't even looking at anyone else, as he and the ORG double
Billings. But Billings is still able to push off the ORG as he slides
laterally and then gets to the other shoulder of the OC, and tries to Rip
forward. An NFL DC would see that play, and start blitzing ILBs past the
wins with his initial burst there. He powers past the ORG and into the OC.
Watch the power as he pops the OC backwards over and over. Then he uses
his hands to shed, as the QB takes off, and chases him down field. Oakman
again is unblockable. He gets a shoulder grab in, and then combos a Rip
past the OLT. He flushes Boykin who is caught in Billings trap (:39).
Watch the quick hands and burst of Billings as he jams off one blocker and
grabs the second (1:01). You see Oakman in here at 4-Tech, like a 3-4
D-End. He burst off the snap, lower than the OG. But look at his head. He
is watching the RB and slanting with the O-line outside. It is a play
action, but if it wasn't he had the OLG controlled, and the RB in his
they are in their more customary position as NT and Blindside 5-Tech.
Oakman has been miscast as an inside guy, because of his immense size, but
height doesn't always help you inside. Length and long arms helps you on
the edge. Watch him attack the OLT's arms with a double slap, and then dip
and power rip right through him. You are starting to see why I classify
him as an unclassifiable Edgerusher (1:09). Billings is also starting to
show the phenomenal strength he has garnered in his legs from all the
squatting. Both these guys are freaks and hard to quantify. But you also
are starting to see how they are really a two man rush, going against
three or four O-linemen on almost every down. Oakman got the rush that forced
Boykin to throw early, and caused the bad throw. But watch Billings inside.
He lines up on the center, and blast off into the double team. They clamp
down on him and appears to stop him. But watch the little swim move over
the OC, and suddenly he is powering both guys back. he pushes the OC and
ORG back over five yards with the incredible power in his legs.
is just incredible. After watch the amazing power in Billings rush, the
TCU coaches decide to double outside. So Billings uses his powerful hands
to almost pull the OC to the ground. That is one of the best passrush
moves by a NT I have ever seen. Meanwhile watch the power move Oakman uses
with his legs, and then benches the OLT almost off his feet. Then he goes
low and is in complete control. He has the QB dead rights, and alls Boykin
can do is dive to the ground to avoid him, but look who jumps on top of
the QB (1:24). That is really a sack by Oakman that Billings probably got
credit for. Watch Oakman's blast off, and then the hands come up. He
pushes the OLT's shoulders up so he is higher up than Oakman's 6-7 frame.
The rush is really done right there. Then watch the OLT's head snap down,
and Oakman pulls him down and himself past his shoulder. He completely controlled
the OLT's body with that powerful push-pull (1:34). But even as impressive
as that was, I was astounded when I watched this game live (I actually may
have stood up and cheered when I watch this game on TV, but that would be
too geeky even for me). He does not just used pure brute force to split
and power the double team block of two bigger guys straight back at the
QB. He explodes off the snap, and with a simple one handed shoulder
club, he is gone. See-ya, wouldn't want to be-ya. I not sure you can call that
finesse? But if you could, no other nose tackle in this Draft plays with
that power, and make you miss quickness/power. Then all Boykin can do is a
panic-pirouette, that forces himself to fall down.
no big deal. TCU just runs away from Billings and Oakman. Nothing to see
here. Oops, was that Oakman who just made the tackle on an off tackle run
to the other side? And also, did you see that swim move by Billings that dissolved
the double team? Maybe this was their best game, but they are the two most
underrated prospects in this Draft (1:52). The play starts off with
Billings body ahead of Oakman's on the blast off, but Oakman's long reach
ahead of Billings (2:02). The other DL-guy makes the play on this play,
and it might have been his only one. But watch Billings toss the OC aside
again. While Oakman gets trapped inside as he was fooled by the play
action to the RB. But watch the agility as he breaks back outside, and
then spins back inside, but it was into the double team.
gets trapped by the double and spins out too late. While Oakman tries to
run past the OLT, and throws him to the ground too late (2:25). TCU runs
away from Billings and Oakman for a couple of plays. Billings uses his
arms to keep the interior guys off his legs, as there is a pileup in front
of him. But he just can't get around the traffic caused by the accident
(3:01). But watch the agile Oakman. Please note this is a 6-7 work out
warrior. He heads up field, and extends his arms like he is wont to do.
The OLT tries to cut him. Watch his hands grab the the OLT's head and slam
it to the ground, as he leaps over him like a deer. Then he regains his
feet and slams into Boykin like he is Bambi, and Oakman
Oakman just uses pure speed and burst to reach the corner, but slips as he
is turning. Watch Billings. You are starting to see the double team
turn into triple teams. And he just powers back the double like daisies (3:15).
And here it is. This just blows me away. Watch the power and fight in his
hands, legs, and feet as Billings powers the triple team backwards. That
is 900-pounds of O-linemen that Billings is squatting backwards, only the squat
bar doesn't fight back (3:24). Oh yeah, Watch Oakman take advantage of the
triple team to dismiss the OLT with a great Swim move, and then chases the
QB all the way across the field. Oakman is so big compared to Boykin that he
looks like a father chasing his kid across the front lawn.
was another play I cheered for. Watch Billings get swallowed up by the
triple team inside. I have never seen a NT get triple teamed two plays in
a row. But watch him push that triple team backwards 8-yard, INTO BOYKIN.
The power in that man's legs are simply inhuman. I have never seen
anything like that before. Oh, and the OLT catches Oakman in a Swim like
an NFL OL, so Oakman clubs him to the ground like he is laughing out loud (3:35).
Watch Billings here, it is funny. He powers to the OC, and then tries to
slide sideways with a power Rip. But the OC catches him, like Oakman got
caught on the last play, and shoves him off balance. Super powerful NTs
don't have that kind of balance. But instead of falling down, he turns the
momentum into a slam into the ORG running over to double him, and pounds
him backwards into QB, and almost butt-tackles Boykin (3:47). Oakman just unleashes
a great power inside Rip, but just can't reach Boykin with the OLT holding
is fooled by the option run, but watch him split the double team right
into the RB. Have you noticed that TCU doesn't even bother to try to run
to Oakman's side. It is to the strongside every time (3:56).
Oakman gets chopped, but Billings drives the ORG all the way across the
line to jam the RB out of the hole he wants to run into (4:07). Both
Billings and Oakman play the RB first in the Option runs, and give the RB
nothing while occupying three blocker so the LBs can run to Boykin (4:39).
They shift to the strongside as TCU keeps running away form Oakman (4:49).
Oakman takes on the double team inside, and get to the RB on the play
action. You cannot run to his side. Meanwhile, Billings splits the double
again and tries to power the ORG back into Boykin, but the OG got leverage
on him. It is very difficult to get the leverage on Billings.
some point they have to throw. They ran enough to wear down Billings and Oakman in Overtime, so they try to pass. Only just watch the triple team
form around Billings' again. And then he shoves it off and destroys it, and
finds a lane to the QB. That is just incredible how he beats triple teams.
Oakman gets the outside shoulder of the OLT and tries to Rip past him, but
slips down in the monsoon (5:01). They can only run successful when the RB
runs as fast as he can away from Oakman and Billings (5:12). You cannot
underestimate how good those two guys are against the run.
Billings and Oakman crush the RB on the fake inside Option (5:24). Second
Overtime. Oakman gets outside into position to hit the RB on the reverse. Billings
fights through the double, but he isn't fast enough to catch up with the WR
(5:31). Billings goes for the QB on the option run, so he gives it to the
RB. Watch his great quick feet as he dances around the OLG (5:42). Here is
Oakman standing up outside. This is one of his problems. His best position
should be as a 3-4 OLB, but he is not nearly as explosive standing up to
rush. It just doesn't seem to work. meanwhile Billings fights the double
team to the sideline, which allows the linebacker to make the play in the
backfield (5:51). Oakman looks much more tentative at OLB, but he makes
the play here. He holds up the OLT, shifts into the hole, and take down
the RB. Billings does a great job exploding through the OC, and getting
his big mitts on the RB (5:59). That
was a great tape by two guys who make plays that no one else in this Draft
Billings Official Bio:
ALL-AMERICA, FIRST TEAM (AP)
2016 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE
2015 CO-BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
2015 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF YEAR
2015 BEDNARIK AWARD SEMI-FINALIST
2015 ALL-BIG 12, UNANIMOUS FIRST TEAM
2014 ALL-BIG 12, CONSENSUS FIRST TEAM
"COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S STRONGEST PLAYER" (NFL.COM)
All-American defensive lineman, 2015 Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of Year
and Defensive Lineman of Year... 2016 NFL Scouting Combine participant...
Key cog in leading Baylor to most successful three-year span in school
history: including two conference championships (2013 & 2014 Big 12
titles), 32 wins (17-2 home mark) and Russell Athletic Bowl win...
Two-time All-Big 12 honoree and semifinalist for 2015 Bednarik Award...
Left school ranked ninth all-time in career TFL (30)... Totaled 106
tackles (75 solo), 30 tackles for loss (-112 yards), 7.5 sacks (-57 yards)
and 15 QB hurries in 36 games in three-year career... Recorded tackle in
35 of 36 career games played... Named "College Football's Strongest
Player" by NFL.com... Local phenom from Waco High School, former
national top 200 recruit... Incredibly strong and compact, former
record-breaking weightlifter, broke 22-year-old Texas prep state meet
record with 2,010-pound effort (805 squat, 500 bench, 705 dead lift) in
2012 -- previous record was held by Mark Henry... Recorded 690-pound
squat, 400-pound clean lift... Vertical jump measured at 32-inches even,
broad jump at nine feet, two inches... Timed at 4.94 in 40-yard dash.
All-America honors and named Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of Year and
Defensive Lineman of Year as junior... Named Bednarik Award
semi-finalist... Starting nose tackle in 12 of 13 games (missed game due
to injury)... Ranked fifth in Big 12 with 1.17 tackles for loss per game
and tied for 11th with 0.46 sacks per game... Ranked in eighth-place tie
on school's single-season TFL chart with 15... Totaled 40 tackles (32
solo), 15 TFL (-66 yards), 5.5 sacks (-40 yards), three hurries and one
forced fumble on season... Named first-team All-American by Associated
Press, ESPN, Athlon and SportsOnEarth (second-team by FWAA, Sporting News,
USA Today, CBS Sports, Phil Steele)... Named Big 12 Defensive Player of
Year by league coaches (co), Athlon and 247Sports and Defensive Lineman of
Year by coaches... Earned unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honors... Named
"CFB's Strongest Player" by NFL.com... Had two TFLs (seven
yards) in season-opening win over SMU... Made five solo stops, including
two for loss of three yards, in win over Lamar in second game... Forced
fumble and had four unassisted tackles, one for loss, in win over Rice in
third game... Made career-high three TFLs (10 yards, including three-yard
sack) on season-high six tackles before leaving with ankle injury (in
third quarter) in win over West Virginia in sixth game... Named Bednarik
Award Player of Week following WVU game... Did not play in seventh game
while rehabbing... Saw limited action in return to field in eighth game at
K-State, but recorded no stats... Had five tackles (one for loss of four
yards) and assisted sack vs. No. 12 Oklahoma in ninth game... Totaled
career-high two sacks (-17 yards) and three total tackles in win at No. 4
Oklahoma State in 10th game... Earned Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of Week
honors following performance in OSU win... Made eight-yard sack and had
three total stops vs. No. 15 TCU in 11th game... Had five tackles,
including nine-yard sack, vs. Texas in 12th game... Made two stops in win
over No. 10 North Carolina in Russell Athletic Bowl.
nose tackle for all 13 games during 2014 Big 12 championship season...
Named consensus first-team All-Big 12 as sophomore... Totaled 37 tackles
(26 solo, 11.5 for loss of 38 yards), 2.0 sacks, nine hurries and one
forced fumble on season... Ranked 12th in Big 12 (third on team) with 11.5
tackles for loss... Led team with nine QB hurries... One of nine players
to start all 13 games in 2014 (seven on defense)... Named second-team
All-Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Recorded tackle in all 13
games... Had two tackles, 1.5 for loss, and QB hurry in season-opening win
over SMU... Made first career sack (-10 yards) and additional tackle for
loss, along with hurry, in win over Northwestern State in second game...
Made two hurries and had tackle for loss in win at Iowa State in fourth
game... Totaled career-high three hurries and had three tackles in epic
61-58 comeback win over No. 9 TCU in sixth game... Made season-high eight
tackles (four solo), two TFL including 7-yard sack and forced first career
fumble at West Virginia in seventh game... Had 1.5 tackles for loss, four
total tackles and QB hurry in win over Kansas in eighth game... Made
memorable play in chasing KU running back 30 yards downfield to force out
of bounds... Made season-high five solo tackles, including career-high
three for loss (-10 yards) in win over Oklahoma State in 10th game...
Recorded two stops, including assisted tackle for loss in win over No. 9
Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New
Year's Six bowl... Made two solo tackles and QB hurry in Cotton Bowl vs.
No. 7 Michigan State.
(True Freshman): Played
in 11 of 13 games, started twice, as true freshman defensive tackle, one
of five true freshmen on squad to play... Earned first career letter...
Totaled 29 tackles (17 solo), 3.5 for loss of eight yards, and three QB
hurries on season... Recorded at least one tackle in all 11 games... Saw
first collegiate action in season-opening win over Wofford, but injured
ankle, finished with two solo tackles as reserve... Sat out second game
(Buffalo) while recuperating... Returned to action and had two-yard
tackle-for-loss in backup role in win over ULM in third game... Did not
play fourth game (West Virginia), but played final nine games of season,
started final two... Made two stops and had career-first QB hurry in win
over Iowa State in sixth game... Had three-yard TFL and two hurries in win
vs. Texas Tech in ninth game... Entered starting lineup at DT in 12th
game, historic win over No. 23 Texas that clinched Big 12 championship and
school's first-ever BCS bowl berth, made then-career-high six tackles in
first start... Set new career tackle mark in second start with 10 stops in
Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 15 UCF.
School: National top
200 local recruit and record-setting power-lifter from nearby Waco (Texas)
High School... All-state defensive lineman played for head coaches Marty
Herbst and Danny Ramsey at WHS... No. 158 overall national prospect on
247Sports.com's Top247 listing and No. 168 nationally on Rivals250 list...
National position rankings among defensive tackles: No. 12 by Rivals.com,
No. 12 by Scout.com, No. 12 by 247Sports.com, No. 13 (OG) by ESPN.com...
Overall rank among Texas recruits: No. 18 by 247Sports.com, No. 18 by
Austin American-Statesman's Fabulous 55, No. 23 by Rivals.com, No. 35 by
ESPN.com and Waco Tribune-Herald (top 50)... Ranked fifth among in-state
defensive tackles by Dave Campbell's Texas Football (first-team
"All-Texas") and seventh by Dallas Morning News/SportsDay State
Top 100... Led Waco to 9-4 record and 2012 DII regional quarterfinals as
senior... Named first-team 2012 4A All-State and first-team 2012
All-District 8-4A lineman... Totaled 132 pancakes as senior... Also named
first-team 2012 All-Super Centex and Super Centex Male Athlete of the Year
by Waco Tribune-Herald... Helped Waco to 7-4 mark and 2011 DII bi-district
finals as junior... Earned 2011 4A All-State honorable mention and
first-team 2011 All-District 8-4A honors... Credited with 134 pancakes as
junior... Named first-team 2011 All-Super Centex... Competed in
power-lifting at WHS, broke 22-year-old Texas state meet record
(previously owned by Mark Henry) with 2,010 pound effort (805 squat, 500
bench, 705 dead lift).
of Anthony and Sylvia Billings... Full name is Andrew
Mitchell Billings... Born March 6, 1995, in
Waco, Texas... Father played baseball at Paul Quinn... Mother ran
track at Mary-Hardin Baylor... Majoring in communication studies.
me if you'd like a question blogged: