Thursday, April 24, 2014

OL help coming?

The Red and Black takes a look at potential freshmen impact players for this fall. No real surprise that the four incoming offensive linemen have real chances to play, especially after GDay's musical chair rotation on the line.
Originally, it seemed that junior John Theus was guaranteed to start at left tackle and senior Kolton Houston would be the right tackle while the guard positions figured themselves out. However, offensive line coach Will Friend has been verbally displeased, especially with the left guard competition, which resulted in Houston being moved to left guard and Mark Beard inserted as the left tackle during G-Day.
While that seems likely for now, there are still offensive-line recruits Dyshon Sims, Kendall Baker, Isaiah Wynn and Jake Edwards to come in this summer. Friend sees Edwards, Sims and Baker as tackles or guards while Wynn could play guard as well as center.
“I’m hoping they can come in ready to contribute,” Friend said. “From day one, we said when we walked in, we said, ‘Guys, a bunch of you have a shot this spring and then if we don’t see things like we need to in the spring then it’ll be the guys who get here’s chance,’ so they kind of know that and those guys were recruited to give them an opportunity and we’ll give them a shot.”
On the one hand I like the idea of pretty much everyone but Andrews coming in competing for a spot as a starter. But on the other, it's a tune we've hummed along to before.

Hopefully the freshmen quartet comes in sharp.