By now it’s no secret that Matt Elam is a monstrous individual. The coaches have marveled at how athletic a man that big can be. Defensive coordinator DJ Eliot only knows one way to describe Elam:
“Well, imagine a big train going fast down the track. When you see someone that big, you just don’t expect to see an explosion and something so quick off the ball, and he has that.”
Eliot has been coaching college football since ’99, but he’s never seen anyone like Elam, “He’s probably the biggest player I’ve ever been associated with. Coach Stoops and I were at Florida State together. We were at Miami together, and we had some good defensive tackles, but never one that big.”
Matt isn’t on campus just to get in shape. Coach Stoops said today, “ I anticipate him playing in the first game and being ready to go.” Even though it can be difficult for true freshmen to find the field immediately, it’s difficult keeping Elam’s rare skill set off the field.
“Guys like that don’t come around all the time,” Stoops said.