University of Arkansas Razorbacks
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Broken Arrow High school
A mainstay on the Razorbacks’ offensive line ever since playing in his first collegiate game, Bailey went on to start 38 consecutive games before deciding to leave school and apply for the 2013 NFL Draft. During his time in the lineup, With the versatile offensive guard dominating in the trenches, the team would go on to average 447.63 yards per game with their physical blocker in the lineup, including an average of 312.24 aerial yards.
Bailey’s dominance saw the junior register 340 knockdowns (8.95 per game) and 44 touch-down resulting blocks for the Razorbacks, figures no other Southeastern Conference offensive lineman could even come close to matching during his three seasons playing college football.
After enjoying a 10-3 season as a freshman and an 11-2 mark the following year, Arkansas struggled through a trying season in 2012 that saw one head coach fired even before the schedule began, an interim coach lose control of the team as the coaches left behind from the previous head coach firing could not jell with the new mentor’s game plan, which led to a troubling 4-8 season.
The year was further compounded by key personnel like quarterback Tyler Wilson and tight end Chris Gragg, both preseason All-Americans, battled with injuries that would see the signal caller less than 100% most of the year due to effects from a concussion. Their tight end would suffer a leg injury that would limit him to just five games.
Star running back, Knile Davis, returned to the lineup after missing the entire 2012 campaign with a knee injury, but was nowhere near the 1,000-yard runner he was in the past. Most of the standout receivers that made the explosive passing game a success had left the school, with three being drafted by NFL teams in 2012.
Left to stand among the rubble remaining from a season that many predicted back in August would bring Arkansas a national championship was their 2012 All-American left guard. But, when the team recently underwent their third head coaching change in less than twelve months, Bailey decided that he was better off spending what would have been his senior season competing vs. National Football League defensive tackles when he announced in late December that he had applied for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Bailey has a thick frame with good arm length, above average quickness and balance, along with big hands to lock on and control the defender. He has a solid build with room to add more bulk without the additional weight affecting his impressive timed speed. He demonstrates very good knee bend and leverage and fluid change of direction agility to get into the second level in a hurry.
The offensive guard does a nice job of shifting his weight, thanks to fluid hips and good explosion off the snap, when he keeps his pads down low. It is rare to see him over-extend in pass protection, using his long arms well to lock on to his opponent. He also shows very good explosiveness with his hips on contact. And is a naturally strong athlete who delivers a punishing hand punch.
As a drive blocker, Bailey blocks with a flat back and locks on to the defender quickly to move his man out of level one. He does a nice job of keeping his pad level low and play with leverage, and he consistently keeps his hands active to stymie cross face action and spin moves by the defender.
The Razorback shows good urgency and explosion with his initial step and is flexible enough to bend at the knees and drive to get movement when working in-line. He rarely loses his base at the X’s when he keeps his weight down and excels at walling off and screening, especially when he rolls his hips on contact.
In pass protection, Bailey has been equally dominant. In 38 games, he has allowed just three sacks on 1,395 pass plays that he was involved in. He can sink his hips and mirror vs. the bull rush and when he plays with a solid base, he will hit with good authority. He has outstanding awareness picking up stunts and with his lower body power, he has the ability to anchor and neutralize when encountering multiple defenders.
Bailey shows quick feet to redirect and uses his long arms well to counter vs. the quick swim move. Even when he overextends, he recovers nicely, using his feet to maintain position and mirror the defender. He can sink his hips to mirror and it is rare to see him drop his head at the X’s.
While Bailey has made great strides in developing solid mechanics to play guard at the next level, it is his versatility that impresses pro scouts. The Razorbacks were one of the few college teams that utilized a system where their guards rotated from the left to right side, depending on the defensive package and formation.
Before becoming a Razorback, Bailey was also the mainstay of the Broken Arrow High School football team’s offensive line, starting all three seasons that he competed in the sport. One of the most powerful players in the state of Oklahoma, he bench pressed over 400 pounds and had a 590-pound squat in testing prior to his senior prep season.
That year, Bailey recorded 116 knockdowns and did not allow a sack while grading 89% for blocking consistency. He guided the Tigers to a breakout season in 2008, helping the squad defeat eventual Class 6A state champion Tulsa Union in the opening week of the season. He was named to the 2008 All-State team by the Daily Oklahoman and was an All-District Class 6A honoree. He was ranked the 27th-best offensive guard in the nation and the 13th-best prospect in the state by Rivals.com.
Bailey was also recruited by Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State and Nebraska, but decided to enroll at the University of Arkansas, where his father, Alvin Sr. played for the Razorbacks basketball team in 1979. Practicing with the scout team in 2009, he red-shirted during his first season at UA, retaining freshman eligibility.
The following year, Bailey started every game, as he was a member of the only offensive line in the Southeastern Conference to start the same five linemen in all thirteen games during the 2010 schedule. The offense would tie or break 24 school season records, as the Freshman All-American helped the Razorbacks lead the SEC and rank fourth in the nation in passing (333.69 ypg) and place ninth in the FBS ranks in total offense (482.54 ypg).
Coming off a stellar debut, Bailey was even better as a sophomore, earning All-SEC and All-American honors. He recorded 126 knockdowns and seventeen touchdown-resulting blocks as Arkansas again led the conference in passing (300.69 ypg) and also paced the league with an average of 438.08 yards in total offense per game.
After head coach Bobby Petrino was fired during the offseason, John L. Smith was named the interim coach by the athletic administration. For some reason, the new coach did not relate well with his upper classmen. Bailey would often find himself playing with the second unit during spring and fall camps, with no explanation given for the strange demotion of a player coming off an All-American campaign.
By the time the 2012 season opener rolled around, Bailey was back in the lineup, as the assistant coaches convinced the new head coach how invaluable Bailey was to the program. The junior played in typical fashion, recording over 100 knockdowns (112) for the third straight season. The team that was favored to challenge for the national title limped to a 4-8 season, though.
Shortly after the finale vs. Louisiana State, Bailey informed the outgoing staff that he would not return to Arkansas for the 2013 season. His father, Alvin Bailey, Sr., told Hawgs Illustrated his son was ready to begin a pro football career. “The Bailey Family will always be Hogs, however, Alvin has decided to forego his redshirt senior season,” Bailey Sr. told Hawgs Illustrated. “We support his decision.”
Bailey started all 38 games that he played in for Arkansas, lining up at both left and right offensive guard…His average of 8.95 knockdowns and 1.16 touchdown-resulting blocks per game are the best figures for any active guard at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level…Finished his career by recording 44 touchdown-resulting blocks while delivering 340 knockdowns…With Bailey on the field, the Razorbacks averaged 312.24 yards per game passing while also averaging 447.63 yards in total offense…Charged with allowing just three sacks on 1,395 pass plays (rest of the team yielded 72 more sacks during the 38 games that Bailey played in).
An All-American honorable mention and Dream Team selection by The NFL Draft Report, Bailey was named All-Southeastern Conference first-team by that scouting information service…A candidate for both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award, Bailey extended his string of consecutive starts to 38, appearing in all twelve contests as a junior…The guard produced 112 knockdowns and twelve touchdown-resulting blocks, but the team struggled with injuries and inconsistent play by others to finish the season with a 4-8 record…Arkansas ranked third in the SEC in passing, as their average of 301.5 aerial yards per game ranked 21st nationally…Part of a front wall that reduced the season sacks-allowed total from 26 the previous season to 19 in 2012…Helped the Razorbacks record at least 500 yards in total offense in three games…The junior guard did not allow a sack or pressure on 459 pass plays…In the season opener, he posted fifteen knockdowns and had a pair of touchdown-resulting blocks, including one that widened the rush lane used by Kody Walker to register the team’s first touchdown for the season on a 1-yard run. He later raced into the backfield and flattened Ben Endress before the middle linebacker could reach Tyler Wilson on a 30-yard touchdown toss to tight end Chris Gragg, as UA totaled 564 yards vs. Jacksonville State…Wilson relied heavily on Bailey for protection while standing under a fierce pass rush vs. Rutgers and the junior did not disappoint, as he did not allow any defender to reach his quarterback, along with sending Scarlet Knights All-American linebacker Khaseem Greene to the sidelines when Bailey took the legs out from under his opponent a few inches away from Wilson, who seized the opportunity to fire an 80-yard touchdown bomb to Cobi Hamilton with 8:19 left on the game clock…Bailey added fourteen knockdowns and had key blocks on four aerial touchdowns vs. Kentucky. When the Wildcats’ Alvin Dupree broke free around right tackle and set his sights on Wilson, Bailey took a drop step, wheeled around and flattened the linebacker as the Razorbacks quarterback then connected with Jonathan Williams for a 74-yard scoring strike. UA would finish the day with 533 total yards, including 372 yards and five touchdowns passing.
Bailey had a banner sophomore campaign, earning All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report and Pro Football Weekly…Named to the All-SEC team by the league’s coaches and the Associated Press…Listed as the Razorbacks’ starting left guard, he also lined up on the right side, as the staff utilized him on most strong-side formation plays…
While most offensive lineman are tasked with doing the “grunt work” while the skill position players get all the glory, to a man, the locker room will tell that if not for Bailey’s stellar blocking, they would never have gone home with an 11-2 record in 2011…For his efforts, he was credited with seventeen touchdown-resulting blocks and a career-high 126 knockdowns…Arkansas led the SEC in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense to become just the fifth different school, and first since 2001, to lead the conference in all three categories in a single season and became the sixth team in conference history, and second since 1992, to lead the conference in passing offense for three straight seasons… The Razorbacks ranked 13th in the country with their average of 300.69 passing yards per game, 15th in the nation with an average of 36.67 points per game and 29th in the NCAA with an average of 438.08 yards of total offense per game…Quarterback Tyler Wilson broke nine UA records and led the league in passing and total offense while becoming the first Razorback to be a first-team All-SEC selection at quarterback…Wide receiver Jarius Wright also earned first-team All-SEC honors after he broke seven school records and led the conference in receiving yards per game with an average of 93.1 to rank 18th in the country and in receiving touchdowns with 12, a total that tied for seventh in the NCAA… The Razorback offense posted the second-best single-season total in school history for completions (299), passing yards (3,909), passing yards per game (300.69), first downs (279) and passing first downs (166) while totaling the third-highest total offense yardage total (5,695) and third-best total offense per play average (6.45)…Bailey’s season was also highlighted by his selection as SEC Lineman of the Week following the 52-3 win vs. New Mexico in which the Razorbacks piled up 632 yards of total offense while averaging 7.8 yards per play and earning 34 first downs, the second-highest single-game total in school history.
On the way to being named Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and seeing the league’s coaches chose him for the SEC All-Freshman Team, Bailey started all thirteen games at guard for UA, registering a team-high 102 knockdowns and fifteen touchdown resulting blocks as the squad went on to break 24 game or season school records on offense…Bailey blocked for the first season in UA history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher…Quarterback Ryan Mallett set the Arkansas single-season passing yards record with 3,869 and running back Knile Davis posted the fourth-highest single-season rushing yards total in program history with 1,322 yards…UA was the only team in the country to boast a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and five 600-yard receivers…Arkansas finished the season first in the SEC and fourth in the NCAA in passing (333.69), becoming just the third team since 1992 to lead the conference in passing in consecutive seasons…The Razorbacks also ranked second in the SEC and ninth in the country in total offense (482.54) and second in the conference and 17th in the NCAA in scoring offense (36.46).
Bailey red-shirted as a freshman, spending the season competing with the scout team.
No major injuries reported.
4.95 in the 40-yard dash…1.76 10-yard dash…2.86 20-yard dash…4.63 20-yard shuttle…
7.60 three-cone drill…30-inch vertical jump…8’11” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times…34 ¾-inch arm length…9 3/8-inch hands…81 5/8-inch wingspan.
Bailey attended Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School, playing football for head coach Rod Lancaster…The three-year starting offensive lineman was one of the most powerful players in the state of Oklahoma, as he bench pressed over 400 pounds and had a 590-pound squat in testing prior to his senior prep season…That year, Bailey recorded 116 knockdowns and did not allow a sack while grading 89% for blocking consistency…
Guided the Tigers to a breakout season in 2008, helping the squad defeat eventual Class 6A state champion Tulsa Union in the opening week of the season…Named to the 2008 All-State team by the Daily Oklahoman and was an All-District Class 6A honoree…Ranked the 27th-best offensive guard in the nation and the 13th-best prospect in the state by Rivals.com.
Recreation and Sports Management major…Son of Delores and Alvin Bailey, Sr…Father lettered on the University of Arkansas basketball team in 1979…Born 8/26/91…Resides in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
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