Maualuga works out for ‘Phins

Posted by Administrator On April - 7 - 2009

Linebacker Rey Maualuga, who completed his career at USC with 273 tackles and won the 2008 Chuck Bednarik Award as the country’s best college defensive player, worked out for the Miami Dolphins Tuesday.

Maualuga (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) has been likened to another former Trojan linebacker, Junior Seau.

Maualuga is projected as a mid first-round pick, and will likely be off the board if the Dolphins maintain their current position with the 25th pick.

Maualuga had a hamstring injury and ran a 4.91 at the NFL combine, but more recently reportedly ran a time in the low 4.6 range at USC’s recent pro day event.

Maualuga had some offseason problems early in his career at USC, getting arrested for punching someone at a party in 2005 and being disciplined by USC coach Pete Carroll for his behavior at a campus party the following year.

Since then his most notable exploit was dancing behind ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews, who did not see him behind her shaking his hips. The clip has more than 160,000 viewings on YouTube.