Offensive Line Leader Pleased with Unit's Efforts

Offensive line leader <b>Scott Jackson</b> knows they are up against the toughest challenge of the year when they square up with USC's daunting defense Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.

"They're good. That's why everybody is talking about them. They look great on film, but you never really know how tough they or anyone else is until you play them."


"I've seen lines that look great on tape and not be that good in games and the opposite of that. But I'm sure USC will have one of the better defensive fronts that we'll face," he added.

Jackson praised the work of his entire unit, but especially the three freshmen linemen Eddie Keele, Jake Kuresa and Ofa Mohetau.

"Those guys had to grow up and get old fast and they did just that against Georgia Tech. They just have to continue doing that. Coach told them at halftime that it's time for them to get older, that they couldn't use inexperience as an excuse because after a half of football, they were now experienced."

Jackson noted that Keele faced the more daunting of the tasks playing one of the tackle positions. "He is out there all by himself and can't hear all the calls, so he's kind of on his own. Luckily for us, he performed well and was able to work well with what we were doing."

He added "there were a few series where we had three freshmen playing at the same time with Ofa, Eddie and Jake out there – and we didn't miss a beat. That was great to see. All three of those guys will be complete studs by the time they're finished."

Meanwhile, another offensive lineman transfer from Utah, Mike Dudzinski, passed his physical and was practiced today with the scout team.

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