2011 Review: Fahrenkrug started 12 of 13 games this past season at guard or center, sitting out the bowl game vs. Notre Dame.
After considerable buzz during the spring a year ago, Fahrenkrug's performance could best be described as puzzling. His confidence might have been shot at center early in the year, and it is clear he never recovered.
2012 Outlook: It really is now or never for Fahrenkrug. A year ago, there were murmurs of him even leaving early for the NFL Draft. Now, we are wondering if he can earn back a starting spot.
The competition figures to be fierce at guard. Tre' Jackson, Josue Matias, Daniel Glauser, Bryan Stork, Henry Orelus, Ruben Carter and Trey Pettis will all be competing for reps, and that is before Menelik Watson arrives for August camp.
The tools are there. We have seen them. Perhaps an offseason of hard work will clear his head. There is no question he needs that to happen.
Could he factor in at center again? We would say no after the failed experiment last year, but that is another spot without a clear answer at this time.
On the plus side, he is the lone senior offensive lineman on the team. Fahrenkrug has the most reps under his belt. He should be motivated to compete, and players typically perform well with their backs against the wall.
Don't count him out just yet.