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Virginia offensive tackle Oday Aboushi, shown on senior night with his parents, grew up a fan of the Jets.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The New York Jets must think there’s something special about left offensive tackles from Virginia.
Nine years after taking Cavalier left tackle and future Pro Bowler D’Brickashaw Ferguson in the first round, the Jets may have found his eventual successor in another UVa left tackle, Oday Aboushi.
What’s more, they’re both New Yorkers, Ferguson from Freeport on Long Island and Aboushi from Staten Island.
Aboushi (6-foot -5, 308 pounds) was the eighth pick of the fifth round — the 141st pick overall. It marks the 30th consecutive year in which at least one UVa player has been drafted.
Within hours of Aboushi’s selection, he tweeted a photo of himself as a lid wearing a youth Jets’ jersey.
“I don’t think I can put it into words, how excited I am to be a New York Jet, to be with my hometown team,” Aboushi said in a teleconference from his home Saturday afternoon.
“Everybody is ecstatic, excited. It was a tough couple of days right now, anxiety running high, excitement, people walking around anxious. To finally get the call, especially being a hometown team, couldn’t be [more] perfect.”
Shortly after the season, some experts had Aboushi listed as a second- or third-round pick, but he did not shine at the NFL Combine.
“I felt like I could’ve gotten better; I wasn’t 10-for-10 on the practices,” he said. “It kind of felt a little different for the first time ever playing guard. I think I did pretty well at it. I think it helps in certain ways.”
Ferguson has visited Charlottesville in recent years, and he and Aboushi have met.
“You know, working with a fellow Wahoo is always good,” Aboushi said, “and I’m sure he’ll teach me the ways and kind of, you know, continue that brotherhood as we were taught at Virginia.”
Virginia LB LaRoy Reynolds went to the Jaguars and TE Paul Freedman to the Cowboys as free agents.
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