Even though former Tiger William Henry started ahead of Roman Fry most of last season, the redshirt freshman still saw significant playing time. Fry was a big part of the 10-man rotation on the offensive line in 2003, and his role will become even bigger in 2004.
Roman Fry came to Clemson as one of the top ranked offensive linemen from the state of Ohio. He was a First-team All-Southeastern Ohio and runner-up for Division IV District Offensive Player-of-the-Year. Fry redshirted his first year at Clemson before seeing time last year at left tackle.
Roman Fry enters fall practice as the starting left guard, ahead of walk-on Jesse Pickens and Brad Lee. Fry, who is a rising redshirt sophomore, has ample experience, as he essentially split time with former Tiger William Henry last season.
Even though William Henry started ahead of Fry most of 2003, the redshirt freshman still saw significant playing time. Fry was part of a 10-man rotation that saw 5 freshmen in the mix throughout most of the season.
"Using that 10-man rotation has been big," said Fry after the Peach Bowl. "That's given us the ability to get in there and develop in game situations. So we've got a lot of young guys in there who are really developing. I'd say things look pretty good for us heading into next season when you look at who we've got coming back."
Fry, who is now weighing in at 305 pounds, didn't particularly have a strong spring practice, but much of that can be attributed to learning new techniques from new position coach Brad Scott. Fry came on strong towards the end and was actually one of the linemen who graded out the highest during the last two scrimmages.
To put it simply, Fry is bruiser. He likes to get in and mix it up with just about anybody in his way, and he's got a year of experience now under his belt. While much of the talk this offseason has been about the situation at tackle, Fry should have his spot locked down come September. With his best days clearly ahead of him, Roman Fry should be a tremendous asset to this team in the coming seasons.