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Draft in-depth: DE Trevor Guyton
Defensive End/Nose Guard
University of California at Berkeley Golden Bears
Redmond High School
For three seasons, Guyton played in a supporting role, bouncing from one defensive end position to the other. The late bloomer was finally given an opportunity to be a full-time performer for the Golden Bears as a senior. He responded with a campaign that has thrust this once unknown talent into the middle round draft projections by talent evaluators.
Not even the California coaching staff expected Guyton to perform at the level he did in 2011. There was a huge leadership void to fill on the front wall after the team saw blue chip prospects Tyson Alualu (picked by Jacksonville with the tenth pick of the 2010 event), then Cameron Jordan (24th overall selection by New Orleans last April) leave the university for life in the NFL.
Guyton was not expected to reach the heights attained by his two former teammates, but after he registered 12.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage that included 5.5 sacks as a senior, scouts feel that he is on the cusp of realizing his potential to be a long-time starter at the next level. Possessing a thick, squat frame, he is very difficult for double teams to neutralize once he gains leverage, thanks to his impressive strength.
As a senior, Guyton did an excellent job of controlling the action at the line of scrimmage, showing surprisingly nimble feet for a lineman while giving chase to ball carriers trying to turn the corner. With his strong anchor, the staff used him in a variety of roles upfront, as he earned starting assignments at right defensive end, left end and nose guard in 2011, displaying to NFL teams that he is more than capable of handling any tasked assigned to him.
Guyton moved with his family from Philadelphia to the state of Washington as a child, going on to become a four-star prospect during his playing days at Redmond High School.
Scout.com rated him the nation's 18th-best defensive tackle and Rivals.com regarded him as the state's seventh-best overall prospect. He recorded 80 tackles with four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries as a junior.
In 2007, the two-way lineman received Super Prep All-American honors and also earned All-State, All-Area and All-KingCo Conference recognition as a senior. That season, he posted 70 tackles with fourteen stops for loss that included six sacks, as he added four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. That performance earned him an invitation to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
Guyton arrived on the California at Berkeley campus in 2008 and was activated for the team's final seven games after injuries depleted the depth on the front wall. He saw action at both defensive end positions, but managed to record only three tackles as a true fresh-man. He served as All-American Tyson Alualu's back-up at the left end slot in 2009, appearing in eleven games, delivering thirteen tackles that included a sack, four stops behind the line of scrimmage and a forced fumble.
Guyton was the recipient of the Bob Tessier Award, given to the team's Most Improved Defensive Lineman in 2010. He played in eleven games, starting the final four contests, earning his first assignment with the first unit at nose guard vs. Washington State before shifting to left defensive end for the final three clashes. As a reserve, he collected nine tackles, but he had twenty stops as a starter, finishing with 29 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 8.5 stops for loss as a junior.
Even though he lined up at three different positions in 2011, the All-Pac 12 Conference second-team selection started all thirteen games, even though he was battling a shin injury for several contests. He registered a career-high 46 tackles, leading the team with 5.5 sacks while his 12.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage ranked sixth in the league. He also returned one of his two fumble recoveries for a touchdown.
Guyton played in 42 games at California, starting his final seventeen games, lining up at right defensive end, left end and nose guard…Finished his career with 91 tackles (34 solos) that included eleven sacks for minus 75 yards, 24.5 stops for losses of 104 yards and three quarterback pressures…Caused three fumbles and recovered two others, advancing one 19 yards for a touchdown.
Guyton was named All-Pac 12 Conference second-team by the league's coaches, as he started all thirteen games, whether lining up at right defensive end, on the left edge or attacking ball carriers as a nose guard…The senior missed a portion of the Stanford clash and the week's practices leading up to the Southern California contest due to a shin injury, but he recorded a career-high 46 tackles (20 solos), leading the Golden Bears with 5.5 sacks for minus 32 yards while ranking sixth in the league with 12.0 stops for losses of 49 yards…Caused two fumbles and recovered two others…Recorded a career-high eight tackles and added a fumble recovery vs. Southern California…Had a season-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss vs. both Oregon State (career-high minus 14 yards, including one sack and a forced fumble) and Utah (losses of six yards, including a sack)...Also stopped opponents in the backfield vs. Washington (1.5 for minus six yards, all on sacks), UCLA (sack for a 6-yard loss), and one for a 1-yard loss in each of the Fresno State (also recovered a fumble that he returned 19 yards for a touchdown), Washington State and Stanford…Assisted on a stop for a loss and posted five tackles vs. Colorado…Caused another fumble in the Arizona State clash…Closed out his career with a 9-yard sack, two stops behind the line of scrimmage and four tackles vs. Texas in the Holiday Bowl.
Guyton played in eleven games, starting the final four contests – first, as a nose guard vs. Washington State, and then at left defensive end vs. Oregon, Stanford and Washington…
Recorded 29 tackles (9 solos) with 4.5 sacks for minus 35 yards, 8.5 stops for losses totaling 42 yards and a pair of quarterback pressures…Twenty of his tackles came during his time playing with the first unit, including four hits and a stop for a loss in a 30-7 win over Washington State…Caused a fumble on a 10-yard sack and posted two stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. Oregon State…Assisted on two stops in the Stanford backfield and finished the season with a four-tackle performance vs. Washington…At the start of the year, he had a 7-yard sack vs. Cal-Davis and a 9-yard sack vs. Colorado…Recipient of the Bob Tessier Award, given to the team's Most Improved Defensive Lineman.
The sophomore played behind Tyson Alualu at left defensive end, appearing in eleven games…Collected thirteen tackles (3 solos) that included an 8-yard sack vs. UCLA, causing a fumble on the play…Finished with four stops for losses of 13 yards.
Guyton saw limited action in the team's final three games, recording three tackles (2 solos) as a true freshman.
2011 Season…Guyton was taken to the locker room in the first quarter of the Stanford game with a shin contusion, but returned prior to halftime. He spent the week prior to the Southern California clash on the sidelines throughout practices, but did start vs. the Trojans.
5.04 in the 40-yard dash…1.76 10-yard dash…2.88 20-yard dash…4.53 20-yard shuttle…
7.44 three-cone drill…31-inch vertical jump…8'9" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times…33-inch arm length…10 ¼-inch hands…79 3/8-inch wingspan…25 Wonderlic score.
Guyton was regarded as a four-star prospect during his playing days at Redmond (Was.) High School, playing for Mustangs head coach Mike Pluschke…Scout.com rated him the nation's 18th-best defensive tackle and Rivals.com regarded him as the state's seventh-best overall prospect…Recorded 80 tackles with four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries as a junior…In 2007, the two-way lineman received Super Prep All-American honors and also earned All-State, All-Area and All-KingCo Conference accolades as a senior…That season, he posted 70 tackles with fourteen stops for loss that included six sacks, as he added four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. That performance earned him an invitation to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
African American Studies major…Youngest of five children of Karen and Odell Guyton…
Born Trevor Graves Guyton on 1/09/90 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania…Resides in Woodinville, Washington.
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