Player capsule: Billy McGehee

Senior offensive tackle Billy McGehee is a career reserve player who has an opportunity for the first time as a fifth year senior to earn a starting job.

Player Capsule: William McGehee

Position: Right Tackle

Eligibility: Senior

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 312 pounds

2014 season quick review: McGehee hasn't seen much action at offensive tackle in his career to this point other than late in blowouts, and he has also played on special teams.

Offensive line coach Chris Thomsen: "He's worked hard. Billy's a big man. The thing that would happen to (previous starting right tackle) Tyler (Sulka) is you'd get about mid-season and you're a guy that fights to get to 290 (pounds), you start to get beat up. Your hands, your wrist, your shoulders, I compare it to a heavyweight boxer and a middleweight boxer. The heavyweight is going to eventually just beat him down, the middleweight is going to get some shots. Well Billy is a big man...I wanna see how Billy does. He knows what we're doing, he's a big guy, he's gotten a lot stronger, [Head sports performance coach Shawn Griswold] is happy with what he's doing down there." analysis: Through his three years in Tempe, McGehee has steadily improved in a broad way and is quite a different player now than when he arrived at ASU after one year of playing action at Navarro Junior College in Texas. McGehee always had a very nice frame on which to build up a good looking offensive tackle prospect, and combines that with good mobility for a 6-foot-6 300-plus pound lineman.

McGehee has substantially improved his functional strength in recent years, and is relatively limber for his size. That helps him with pad level for being a more angular tackle, and it especially is apparent when McGehee is down-blocking. He attacks run blocks with posture that allows him to access his big muscle groups, and as a result has good pop behind his pads and is pretty capable at moving defensive linemen in short yardage situations as a result.

It's taken a lot of refinement but McGehee's kick step has become more reliable. He has moderate foot quickness but is such a lanky lineman that he has a lot of range that helps handle speed rushes. He tends to do a pretty good job pushing rushers at depth beyond the pocket. Areas of focus and additional improvement for McGehee include developing a more powerful punch to destabilize attacks into his frame, playing with consistent hand location, and finishing blocks with more purpose.

Projected depth chart status: McGehee was the clear-cut top right tackle performer on the ASU roster during spring football. The question will be whether Thomsen elects to kick out Christian Westerman to right tackle due to strong play from Stephon McCray, Sam Jones, Steve Miller or Zach Robertson elsewhere on the line. Coaches ideally want to get their best five offensive linemen on the field together and McGehee is right on the fence for that fifth spot, it would appear, entering pre-season camp.

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