Anthony Steen (American football)

Anthony Steen
In position against Florida Atlantic in 2012.
No. 71     Arizona Cardinals
Offensive Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-05-09) May 9, 1990
Place of birth: Lambert, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Clarksdale (MS) Lee Academy
College: Alabama
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Anthony Steen (born May 9, 1990) is an American football offensive guard for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama. Steen was a member of Alabama's 2009 national championship team during his redshirt year as a freshman and played as a starting offensive guard for both the 2011 and 2012 national championship teams. After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Steen signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals.

High school career

Steen played high school football at the Lee Academy in Clarksdale, Mississippi and was a part of the 2009 recruiting class at Alabama.[1] He verbally committed to the Crimson Tide on July 29, 2008, and officially signed on National Signing Day the following February.[1] He selected Alabama over offers from Florida State, Miami, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.[2]

College career

After Steen was redshirted for the 2009 season, he started the final two regular season games of the 2010 season after starting guard Barrett Jones was injured against Mississippi State.[3]

For the 2011 season, Steen became a starter on the offensive line at the guard position. He played in all 13 games, but only started in 9 after he suffered concussion against Ole Miss.[4][5] For his redshirt junior season in 2012, Steen started all 14 games at the right guard position and was named the team's offensive player of the week for his performance against Western Carolina.[4] At the conclusion of the season, Steen was the only member of the offensive line that did not record a penalty or allow a quarterback sack for the season.[6] After the completion of the 2012 season, Steen announced he would return for his senior season.[7] At the time of his announcement Steen cited both to improve his draft stock as well as a desire to compete for one final season at Alabama as his reasons for remaining with the Crimson Tide.[7] For the 2014 NFL Draft, Steen is ranked as one of the top offensive guards in his class.[8] For his final season at Alabama, Steen and Cyrus Kouandjio are the only returning starters on the offensive line and both were also named to various award watchlists for the 2013 season.[6]

As the only senior on the offensive line for the 2013 season, Steen was the leader of the line. For his performance against Kentucky, Steen was recognized as SEC Offensive Linemen of the Week.[9]

Steen was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[10]

Professional career

2014 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 314 lb 30 12 in 9 18 in
All values from NFL Combine[11]

Arizona Cardinals

After going unselected in the 2014 NFL Draft, Steen signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014.[12] The Cardinals released Steen on August 30, 2014, but he was re-signed to their practice squad the next day.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b Pillion, Dennis (July 29, 2008). "Steen commits to cap another busy recruiting day". AL.com. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alabama picks up two commitments on Tuesday". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). July 30, 2008. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ Chase, Goodbread (July 29, 2008). "After a long absence, Barrett Jones back at practice". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved July 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Anthony Steen bio". RollTide.com. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Edward, Aschoff (October 22, 2011). "Offensive line changes in Tuscaloosa". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Alex, Scarborough (April 2, 2013). "Quiet period is over". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Anthony Steen to return to Alabama for senior football season". The Crimson White. January 10, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "2014 Top NFL Draft Prospects: Offensive Guard". cbssports.com. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ Casagrande, Michael (October 14, 2013). "Alabama OL Anthony Steen honored after historic offensive performance at Kentucky". AL.com. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2013 All-SEC Football Team Announced". SEC Digital Network. December 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ NFL Combine Profile
  12. ^ Urban, Darren (May 12, 2014). "Cardinals Get 15 Undrafted Rookies". AZCardinals.com. Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  13. ^ Cardinals Cut To 53

External links

  • Alabama Crimson Tide bio
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