Lefeld will Instill Leadership on O-Line

Senior offensive lineman Eric Lefeld ready to provide the leadership needed to keep the Bearcats winning.

Eric Lefeld will be entering his final season as a Cincinnati Bearcat and thus far in his career, he has made more than a positive impact on the offensive side of the ball in the trenches.

In his sophomore year at UC, Lefeld was a First-Team All-BIG EAST Conference honoree. He started all 13 games at left tackle and helped lead an offensive line unit that paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher for the third-straight year while surrendering only 13 sacks.

Last season he was selected on the preseason Outland Trophy Watch List. He also racked up a unanimous All-AAC First Team selection and earned the University of Cincinnati's C-Club Strothman Award for Academic Excellence. He was part of an offensive line unit that allowed only 12 sacks during the regular season, leading the American and tied for 11th best in the NCAA FBS.

Insider caught up with Lefeld after the spring game to talk about his thoughts about going into his final year as a Bearcat and was asked about what he could improve upon.

"It almost seems surreal. It doesn't feel like it's been three years since I have been here and I'm just going to enjoy every single moment that I can," Lefeld said. "As for things that I have learned in these four years, it's simply discipline. When you come in as a freshman, you just want to burst out of the gate and run at 100 miles per hour and you don't really care about your footwork at that time.

"But you just have to let the game slow down for you and work on the footwork and the intangibles in general, your focus, your eyes and your feet. You have to focus on working on all of those things in order to be as successful at the position as a whole. So working on the little things will get you so far."

When Lefeld was asked about competition between the offensive linemen on the team for starting position, he agreed 100%.

"Every play is a competition. But while it is a competition between teammates, the reality of the game of football is that we need a lot more than five offensive linemen," Lefeld said, "Everyone needs to give their all for the team and I believe that everyone has given their all for this team. Some of us will play through the pain and we need some of the other offensive linemen to step and help as well. So there is competition, but it's a reality for offensive linemen."

When Lefeld was finally asked about his NFL aspirations after his last year at UC concludes, he went straight to the point.

"It would be a great opportunity to play in the NFL, but I'm more focused on helping UC bring home another conference championship."


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