McMahon learning at center and guard

Redshirt freshman working on improving, correcting his mistakes after offseason switch to offense.

When Ryan McMahon made the move from the defensive line to the offensive line this offseason, it seemed like a logical choice considering his size and athletic ability.

His knowledge of the game of football, experience on defense and quick feet have helped his transition, too.

With his 6-foot-3 and 275-pound frame, the former defensive tackle fits the mold for what new offensive line coach Rick Trickett likes in his players.

"That style (of player) is what he's seeking," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said.

So far this spring, McMahon has lined up at both left guard and center and has even worked with the first team.

"At first coach had me at center and then he told me that I'd probably have to play some left guard, too," McMahon told Renegade Report. "So I started learning that position and the center position. I have been keeping up with both positions so I feel comfortable at either one. "It helps knowing both. Of course I need more practice but it's been good so far."

Bowden noticed that it's going relatively well for the Georgia native. The Seminoles head coach mentioned McMahon by name when talking about his performance at Saturday and Monday's scrimmages.

Bowden credits McMahon's experience on defense with that.

"You don't hardly ever hear about taking an offensive man and making a defensive man out of him," Bowden said. "But anytime you can move a defensive man over to (offense) it's usually a gain because usually you have to be pretty quick to play over there. So he comes over here with that quickness (and) it really helps him.

But it hasn't been a completely smooth transition as one area that McMahon is having issues with is the quarterback-center exchange.

Working with the first team at Wednesday's practice, there were several botched snaps to quarterbacks Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford.

"It's something I am working on getting better at," McMahon said. "I just have to keep practicing."

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