Levi Mack: Solid at Tackle

Highly recruited junior college lineman Levi Mack has just finished up his first spring camp of real competition at the Division I level. The 6-foot-5-inch, 318-pound junior has performed well and is looking to only get better.

After transferring from Eastern Arizona where he was being recruited by the likes of Arizona State, Iowa State, Colorado State, Nebraska and Oregon State - among others - Levi Mack is happy to shed his redshirt status of last year for the opportunity to play some real football.

"Last season I was redshirting so I didn't really get the chance to experience any game play," said Mack. "So coming into this spring it was a little rough at first, but with every practice you get better and better. I feel a lot better playing today than I did at the beginning of spring. I feel like the guys on the o-line have been helping me a lot to get better, and so I've had a productive spring."

While going from the junior college ranks - where Mack played a big role in helping Eastern Arizona's offense rack up 3,550 yards of total offense - to Division I, the biggest adjustment for Mack has been getting used to and matching the level of intensity and competition.

"You take all of the best guys from high school and the J.C. level and you make a college team, so everyone is really competitive at this level," said Mack. "I think just getting used to the competitive sprit and going 110 percent at Division I has been the biggest adjustment for me."

Playing at the offensive tackle position, Mack has had to face and defend the pass rush from smaller and quicker outside linebackers such as Vic So'oto, David Nixon, Coleby Clawson, Grant Nelson and Masi Tuitama, among others.

"It's pretty intense," said Mack with a slight laugh in his voice. "Those guys are pretty strong and very fast. You have to get your footwork down in order to take them on, because if you don't they'll beat you. I like it though. I like taking them on and going up against some of those tough guys."

Taking a look at the offensive performance during the Blue and White Game, Mack feels the second-string and third-string units performed well.

"I think we performed really, really well for the team section," said Mack. "When you take a look at how this team has progressed from the beginning of spring to now, there has been a big difference in performance. I think the coaches got a good look at who is stepping up in order to put together a two-deep. We were able to come out and show them what we are made of going into the summer."

Although the spring game was watered down, the coaches of BYU were still able to assess leadership, effort, intensity and how well the players executed what little was given to them. The coaches wanted to ensure the team leaves spring camp healthy going into fall, all while still being able to assess the talent. Come fall camp, the heat will be turned up as the polishing begins.

"In regards to the o-line, we have a few guys that are injured a little bit and the coaches are taking it easy right now because they don't want any more injuries," said Mack. "It's understandable what they are doing, but at the same time I think they've done a great job in what they're doing with us this spring. They were able to push us hard to get a good picture of what they've got while keeping us healthy."


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