DeBoer says Ulumoo Ale could be an immediate difference-maker for Washington's defense
Following a redshirt season in 2018, Ulumoo Ale has appeared in every game Washington has played since… as an offensive lineman.
When new head coach Kalen DeBoer and his staff arrived in Montlake, they looked at the hulking 6-foot-6, at-times-360-pound mauler and liked what they saw… as a defensive lineman.
Ale made headlines earlier this year when he switched from guard to the defensive line. He started six games for the Husky offense last season, at times approaching 370 pounds. He’s spent this offseason slimming down. It seems all that work is paying off. The Seattle Times’ Mike Vorel reported on Thursday that Ale was working with the first-team defensive line in practice and the new UW staff thinks he can be an impact player at his new position right away.
Ulumoo Ale worked with Tuli Letuligasenoa on UW's starting defensive line today. DeBoer said they're "trying to help him reach his ceiling as fast as possible." They think he can be a difference maker immediately this season.
— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) August 4, 2022
Washington defensive coordinator Chuck Morrell called Ale a “mass of humanity” earlier this spring. Don’t think for a second the big man can’t move, though.
6’6 365 on the move is a loaddd
cc: LG Ulumoo Ale pic.twitter.com/67iwKRNFfl
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) May 24, 2021
Among guards to see at least 250 snaps last season, Ale allowed the fifth-fewest quarterback pressures in the Pac-12 (per PFF). He had his ups and downs as a blocker, but the physical ability is clearly there. UW thinking he can be an instant impact player on the defensive line is quite the development.
The defensive line was run over a year ago. Even slimmed down, Ale provides quite the plug for that leaky run defense.