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    Trai Essex
    Trai Essex

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Fort Wayne, Ind.

    High School:
    Paul Harding

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 315

    Position:
    OL

    Birthdate:
    12/05/1982



    General: Started final three years (2002-04) of career at left tackle ... One of the anchors and leaders on NU's offensive line during that time ... His primary job as a left tackle was protecting the quarterback's blind side ... Made huge strides at his position during career ... Moved from tight end to offensive line during the 2002 preseason ... Solid blocker ... Could play at the next level ... Started 37 consecutive games to close career.

    2004: Third-year starter (left tackle) on the offensive line ... Played a key role in allowing just 12 sacks in 2004 ... Helped NU rank 29th nationally in total offense (409.5 ypg) ... Missed the first couple weeks of preseason camp with a viral kidney infection.

    2003: Team's starting left tackle ... Made 25th straight start in the Motor City Bowl game at tackle ... Was named to ESPN.com's 2003 All-Bowl team for his performance vs. Bowling Green, when NU rushed for a bowl-record 357 yards ... Had six championship performances in his last nine regular-season games ... Key player in NU's offensive success running the football.

    2002: Moved from tight end to offensive tackle during the preseason ... Was making excellent progress at the position until an ankle injury slowed him down during preseason camp ... Came back to start at left tackle versus Air Force ... Started all 12 games.

    2001: True freshman tight end who was named to The Sporting News Big Ten All-Freshman team ... Scored his first collegiate touchdown against Iowa, a 3-yard reception ... Three catches for 24 yards ... First reception was a 13-yarder at Duke.

    High School: Ranked the fifth-best tight end in the country by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... Tom Lemming All-American ... PrepStar Super 30 All-Midwest Region ... PrepStar Top 125 Dream Team ... SuperPrep All-Region ... Bloomington Herald Top 33 All-State his senior season ... Associated Press First-Team All-State ... Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Top 50 All-State Team ... IFCA Region 3 MVP ... National High School Football All-Star ... Selected to play in the Indiana North-South All-Star Game ... Caught 83 balls for 1,416 yards and 14 touchdowns in his high school career ... Named junior all-state his junior and sophomore seasons ... Lettered eight times as a prep (4--football, 4--basketball) ... Named all-conference in basketball as junior ... Academic all-state ... Named to honor roll 10 times, high honors four times ... Sterling Sentinel Award nominee ... High school coach was Sherwood Haydock.

    Personal: Born Trai J. Essex on 12/5/82 ... Son of Donald and Kimberly Essex ... Chose NU over Miami (Fla.) and Notre Dame ... African American studies major.

    Essex's Career Statistics

    RECEIVING	G	Rec	Yds	TD	Lg	Rec/G	Avg/C	Avg/G
    2001	      11	3	23	1	13	0.3	7.7	2.1
    2002	      12	0	0	0	0	0.0	0.0	0.0
    2003	      13	0	0	0	0	0.0	0.0	0.0
    2004	      12	0	0	0	0	0.0	0.0	0.0
    TOTALS	      48	3	23	1	13	0.1	7.7	0.5