By Chris Korman
12:50 PM EDT, April 28, 2012
Gino Gradkowski at a glance
Ht./Wt.: 6 foot 3, 300 pounds
Born: Nov. 5, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pa.
High School: Seton-LaSalle (West Virginia)
College highlights: Started seven games at left guard and four at center as a senior for Blue Hens team that finished 7-4. ... As a junior, started all 15 games at left guard ... was a key member of an offensive line that helped the team rank No. 2 in the CAA in total offense with 401.8 yards per game, rushing offense at 184.4 yards per game and scoring offense with 27.9 points per game...part of a group that was pivotal in CAA Rookie of the Year Andrew Pierce and CAA Offensive Player of the Year Pat Devlin's success ... team went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS national title game under head coach K.C. Keeler. Redshirting as a freshman and playing only one game as a redshirt freshman. ... Played right guard as a sophomore, starting 11 games ... Spent two seasons at West Virginia, redshirting his first year and playing in one game the next.
Personal: Gradkowski is the younger brother of quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who has played for Tampa Bay, Cleveland, St. Louis, Oakland and is currently with Cincinnati. ... transferred from West Virginia after coach Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan. ... One of seven grandsons to play college football.
Gradkowski on the Ravens: “I feel like I fit [their] mentality. I'm elated right now because Baltimore plays football the way it's meant to be played.”
Delaware coach K.C. Keeler on Gradkowski: "Gino had a phenomenal year, possibly the best for an offensive lineman that I've seen in my 10 years here at Delaware. The leadership that he provides to our team in the weight room and the locker room, not to mention his play on the field, makes him very deserving of being a first team All-American."
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