Michalczik happy with progress

Offensive line coach Jim Michalczik is happy with the progress of the offensive line. Read on to see what he has to say about that line and more.

With the experience on the offensive line, it would be understandable if Jim Michalczik felt there was pressure on his players to perform.

Instead, the offensive line coach is taking a different perspective.

"Pressure is all how you handle it. We talk more about expectations. Our expectations are to be the best we can be to reach our potential.

"I think we are doing a better job this year of getting there. We’re not where want to be yet, we want to keep working and girding until we get there."

Rich Rodriguez has said that the ideal situation would be having eight players in the offensive line rotation, but Michalczik would like to see more.

"We’re trying to identify them," he said. "I would like to have about 15 guys in the rotation myself, but we are still evaluating. It happens every day and this is a position where guys work and develop and can really change and improve themselves.

"We’re getting closer to that eight, but I would like to see more guys jump up and make it ten that we can trust to go out there and win games for us."

Arizona's offensive line is in a situation where it could see at least two freshmen contributing right away.

"I think it is a good freshmen crew," Michalczik said. "Right now they are just kind of freshmen. I think they have some potential to them and have great futures if they keep working hard.

"I am excited about them. Right now Layth has been doing some things with the twos because he has picked some things up and has the athletic ability. He has changed a lot even from Signing Day and it was a pleasure to see."

The current crop of freshmen may be more ready to play than ones Michalczik has seen in the past.

"You look at football and you say quarterback is the hardest position for a freshman to play," he said. "I think the second position is probably the offensive line, but you are starting to see it more.

"In the old days, you didn’t see it. I think these freshmen are better coached in high school and better fundamentally when I get them where you used to start from scratch."

Michalczik admits he is hard to please, but the line is going in the right direction.

"I am never happy as a coach, but I am happy with the way they are working, thinking, and approaching practice and the season," he said. "It puts us as a group so much further ahead."

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