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Oct. 26, 2011
There are many different ways to quantify a football player’s importance to his team.
Quarterbacks have ratings. Running backs have yardage. Defensive players have tackles, sacks and interceptions.
Even offensive lineman can look at the stat sheet and see their blocking grade.
For Oday Aboushi, though, there is only one set of numbers he looks at when a game ends – the final score. If he and his fellow University of Virginia offensive linemen do their job right, there’s a good chance the bigger number is next to the Cavaliers.
“All of my personal goals and awards are related to team success,” Aboushi said. “I want to be ACC champs, tops in the conference, and if we do that then there’s a chance I can be All-ACC. But it starts with the team. You get wins by everyone doing his job. You get awards by getting more wins.”
A two-year starter at Virginia, Aboushi plays left tackle for the Cavaliers, the same position he manned for the 2009 U.S. Under-19 National Team that won a gold medal at the IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio. He recently spoke to USA Football about his season in Charlottesville, Va., and his memories of playing with Team USA.
How is the season going?
The season is going very well. We are 4-2 and have set high goals for the team and offensive line. We are taking the season one game at a time, one play at a time. We are working for a chance to win the ACC.