UVa's Brent Urban is Turning Some Heads
UVa senior Brent Urban is one of those players that transforms once he's on the field. "I'm kind of laid back, relaxed guy. On the field I like to show my aggressive side," he said.
Off the field he plays the guitar and is a huge fan of classic rock. His favorite band is The Allman Brothers Band. He has an arm tattoo of the quote on Duane Allman's grave. It reads: "I love being alive and I will be the best man I possibly can. I will take love wherever I find it and offer it to everyone who will take it. . . seek knowledge from those wiser and teach those who wish to learn from me."
On the field his aggression has resulted in excellent play. The one-time junior hockey player from Canada (two of his teammates are now in the NHL) has worked his way up the ranks and is now a full-time starter. "Brent Urban has garnered the attention of every scout, we've had every NFL team come through our practice facility and every scout has come in and said this guy is playing well," head coach Mike London told the media. "[Urban] is strong, powerful, can pass rush, can play well against the run, all of those things and he is definitely emerging as being a guy that's definitely moving up the radar and catching a lot of people's eyes."
The 6-foot-7, 295 pound defensive tackle said he puts a lot of pressure on himself. "It's obviously a goal of mine to play at the next level. I kind of tune it out and just focus on myself and just make sure I'm getting better," he explained.
Urban said near the end of last season is when he started to feel more comfortable with his role as a defensive tackle. His wrist injury was feeling a lot better and he felt he could just go out and play. In UVa's final game against Virginia Tech Urban scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.
Simply put, he was a good get for UVa's coaching staff as a 2-star recruit out of high school. "UVa was the first to offer me. I loved the campus and the academics. It just seemed like the right fit. They were really interested in me and I thought I'd get a good shot to play early," he said.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League wanted a shot to have Urban play for them. Following his junior season they drafted the Ontario native in the second round, 15th overall. "I was actually studying for a test and I got a phone call from the head coach so it was pretty funny," he said.
There was no doubt, with great aspirations for the NFL, Urban would return to UVa for his senior season and his teammates are certainly grateful he made that decision. Defensive end Eli Harold said, "He causes so much attention because he's so big and athletic and he frees me up a lot. He's a 6-7 guys and you normally don't see 6-7 defensive tackles. He gets his hands in the throwing lanes, gets a lot of batted balls. He's a great guy, a great player and we're definitely going to miss him."
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