Monday, April 26, 2004

Askew can be run-stopper

Michigan State DT collided with Michigan's Perry

By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Staying at Michigan State for another season would raise his draft status. But the decision to turn pro needed to be made now, for the sake of family.

Matthias Askew, DT, Michigan State
Height/Weight: 6-5, 308
DOB: July 1, 1982
College: Michigan State
2003 stats: 11 games started, 69 tackles, two fumbles caused, 11 tackles for loss, 6 sacks.
2004 Projection: Will vie for time at defensive tackle.
Personal: Native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Merchandise Management major; Two-time Broward County (Fla.) Player of the Year.
"Any man is going to try to do something to help his family live better," Matthias Askew said Sunday. "Me being that man in the family I had to make a decision."

The 6-foot-5, 308-pound defensive tackle, the oldest of five children to mother Charay, was taken by the Bengals with the 18th pick of the NFL Draft's fourth round.

It was the first of Cincinnati's three picks in the round.

"He's really a good inside tackle who has some ability to rush the passer," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "But he's really a young guy, a puppy developing.

"I think he is a guy that can come in and compete with the guys we have here and really help us get better."

The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native started 19 of 35 games during three seasons at Michigan State.

As a junior last season Askew started 11 games and recorded 69 total tackles and six sacks, both career highs.

"We definitely feel with his size and growth potential and flashes he shows on film that he's one of those big guys inside that can really rush the passer," Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes said. "The guy does make plays."

Five of his 69 total tackles last season were against the Bengals' first-round pick, Michigan running back Chris Perry.

"He's a great running back," Askew said. "Runs with a lot of power. He's going to make some noise in the NFL."

Perry carried the ball 51 times for 221 yards and one touchdown in the Michigan-Michigan State game.

"We got into a little dispute during the game, let each other know we were coming," Askew said.

"He knew he was running. I knew I was making tackles.... It was going back and forth, letting each other know we were going to keep coming and keep coming."



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