Ball State Class of '08: Austin Holtz continues to highlight each player in the class of 2008 and doing a brief scouting report on each of the 24 players in the class (21 new players signed and 3 greyshirts). Today we have the seven of those 24 installments.

Austin Holtz, 6-5 270 OT, Holt, MI (Holt)

What he brings: A great foundation. Holtz has 2 good things going for him. One is his build, at 6-5 and with long arms and better than average feet, Holtz has the physical attributes to pack on good weight and to become, with hard work, a very solid OT in a few years. It is a given that Holtz will redshirt. At 270 he is still a good 20 lbs away from having the necessary bulk to face a Division 1 DE. The second thing Holtz has in his favor is the coaching he has received to this point. Holtz comes from one of the better programs in Michigan (Holt) and played on a very talented line last year. The coaching he received in high school shows through.

Areas of improvement: Run blocking and toughness/attitude. Holtz was bigger than everyone in high school, so he didn't necessarily have to utilize the greatest of footwork in order the man handle the young man across the line of scrimmage from him. He has shown flashes of such footwork, but it will take more coaching and more time before he is able to step in and be a force in the Cardinals' zone blocking attack. Also, I am not saying that Austin is not tough, but he will have to step up his physical toughness (ability to take a pounding) and his attitude (just a little more mean steak) in order to really take off at his position. grade: I have a great feeling about Austin. In my opinion he is a future starting tackle with All-MAC ability.

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