Countdown to Camp: Centers

Last year the center spot was manned by an undersized walk-on and although the Cats have high hopes for the upcoming season, the spot may once again belong to Erick Levitre. That is not to say that the senior won't have to battle for his job.

Starters Returning: Erick Levitre
Starters Lost: none
Key Returners: Blake Kerley
Others Lost: Kili Lefotu
Key Newcomers: Colin Baxter
Coach: Eric Wolford (3rd season)

1. Erick Levitre 6-1 282 Sr. Ben Lomond, Calif. (San Lorenzo Valley)
Last year's surprise on the offensive line was the emergence of walk-on center Erick Levitre. Levitre, or "Tree" as his coach calls him, came out of nowhere to not only nail down the starting center spot but he also earned himself a scholarship with his efforts. During the spring Levitre showed almost no signs that he had off-season surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He was mobile, smart and impressive all spring long and he is cemented as the man in the middle. He may not be the tallest player but he did grade out as one of last year's best linemen and has fended off every challenge to his starting spot.

2. Blake Kerley 6-2 273 RFr. Garland, Texas (South Garland HS)
Redshirt freshman Blake Kerley is expected to push Levitre throughout fall camp and during the season. Kerley is the very definition of a pure center. He has played the spot his entire life and he has all of the tools to be very successful at the major college level. Kerley has a mean streak on the field that the coaches love and is a hard worker.

3. Colin Baxter 6-4 295 Fr. Rolling Hills, Calif. (Palos Verdes Peninsula HS)
Another name that people need to get to know is that of incoming freshman Colin Baxter. Baxter was recruited more as a guard but it looks like he is destined for the center position. Entering his first ever college fall camp he is already challenging Kerley for the back-up role. Baxter has great size and surprising athleticism that comes from his time spent as a heavy weight wrestler.

4. Daniel Borg 6-5 275 RFr. Tucson, Ariz. (Ironwood Ridge HS)
Borg has worked at center a bit but is really just an emergency fill in at the spot. He is busy battling for a starting spot at guard and is not expected to get reps in camp at center unless there is an injury.


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