Lauvao Set to Lead Line in New Role

Moving from offensive guard to tackle in the middle of the season isn't easy, just ask Shawn Lauvao. Now the senior has a whole off-season to make the switch and he is ready to lead ASU's young offensive line.

"It has been easier to make the transition. Last year I was learning on the go," said Lauvao, "It is going good, coach is giving me an opportunity. It is a blessing to get to move to tackle."

Lauvao said it is a much more fine line on the outside of the line rather than the inside; your mistakes get much more exposed against a flying defensive end.

"It is more technical," said Lauvao, "You can get away with more on the inside, but on the outside you can't get away with anything."

The Devils offensive line is a work in progress, with new schemes put in this season. Lauvao says that he uses the criticism the line gets as motivation to keep working to get better.

"I am always going to say this - it is easier to play defense than offense," claimed Lauvao. "It is good motivation, you have your critics, people that hate you and people that like you."

So far in spring, Coach Erickson has said the pass blocking has improved greatly, but the run blocking is still a work in progress. Lauvao agreed fully with his coach.

"Coach is right in what he is says," smiled Lauvao, "In the new schemes, those are helpful but we have a lot of young players that are learning. Everybody is better than yesterday. We have a good defense and that will elevate every body's game."

For Lauvao, the switch to tackle will improve his game, just in practice.

"I get to go against DD every day," laughed Lauvao in reference to Dexter Davis, "He is experienced, four-year starter. He is a good technician and a high intensity player and is going to make me a better player."

Lauvao has the itch to succeed because he realizes his time is short in college football, the senior has the drive to win and is stepping up as the leader on the offensive front, something he says the team lacked during last season.

"It is expected as a senior," said Lauvao of becoming a leader, "I am out here to encourage and pick guys up. The biggest thing is to get better every day. We have freshman that this is a new experience for them.

"The biggest thing we lacked last year is leadership. This year we have to hold people accountable and pick them up and encourage them. Everybody is going to have their bad days; we need to pick them up."

But for now, it is all about continuing to get better personally at his new position and the unit as a whole, that is the goal Lauvao has for the rest of spring practice.

"Hopefully everybody gets better as a team and make good strides on offense and on defense too," he said.

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