As part of our 2012 season review, we’re counting down the top 25 players in the ACC this season, from no. 25 to no. 1. Obviously these lists are always completely subjective — and thus completely bulletproof, obviously — so feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments, too.
Aboushi has spent his college career cultivating quite the reputation (in a very good way), using his immense size — he’s 6’6″ and 312 pounds — to simply manhandle the opposition every chance he gets. As a senior this year, he was selected first-team All-ACC and as a participant in the Senior Bowl, while blocking in front of the lifeblood of the Cavaliers’ offense, their running game. Overall, Aboushi averaged a grade of 90 over the Hoos’ 12 games this season, regularly coming up well above it while also tacking on over 10 knockdowns per game, too. Sure, he was solid as a junior, but you can see the ratcheted-up aggression and growth this year as he developed into a better, smarter blocker. Whether he’ll acknowledge it or not, the Brooklyn native was auditioning for a spot in the NFL these past few months. Now, after another successful campaign, he may have even played his way into the first round.