In the off season Florida State not only went through coaching changes but, player position changes as well. One of those players is Ryan McMahon switching from defensive tackle to the offensive line. Noledigest.com caught up with Ryan to see how things are going with the transition.
Just over a year ago Ryan McMahon arrived on Florida State's campus weighing 275 pounds and having a body fat percentage of 29%. One year later, Ryan is still 275 pounds but is 24% body fat, "I had to give up fast food and start focusing on more vegetables and vitamins" says McMahon. Along with getting leaner over the off season, McMahon made the move from defensive tackle to center. McMahon explains "In the off season, I talked to Coach Trickett and Coach Haggins about the switch and they felt it was the best move for the team. I agree." Switching sides of the ball has not gotten an easier coaching wise. "Both, Coach Trickett and Coach Haggins are the toughest coaches I have ever played under." McMahon told Noledigest.com .Although it has been a tough switch this isn't an unfamiliar position for him "I'm at center right now. I'm real comfortable playing there. I played guard in high school so I feel comfortable. A lot of the players are helping me out like Jacky Claude; he's helping me out with the new plays."
The Seminoles offensive line will be going up against some of the top defensive tackles in the country. One of the most notable defensive tackles the ‘Noles will face off against is North Carolina State's DeMario Pressley. One of the best defensive tackles in the ACC is also on the Seminoles team, Andre Fluellen. McMahon told Noledigest.com "Coach Trickett always tells us you make your own mistakes and not to worry about who is in front of us and do our own thing. It doesn't matter who it is". Coach Trickett has also told his linemen his goal for the year "(Trickett) wants us to be the best offensive line in the ACC" says McMahon. This will be no easy task considering the ‘Noles will be facing some of the top defenses in the country most notably a Virginia Tech team that stars two potential All American linebackers in Xavier Adibi and Vince Hall. The Miami Hurricanes will also look to spoil the ‘Noles quest for top rushing team in the ACC after holding opponents last year to only 67.9 yards per game which was 1st in the ACC and 4th nationally.
As many fans know, no position is considered a lock this year and Coach Trickett has made this clear "He (Trickett) is going to put the best players on the field without a doubt" explains McMahon. What can we look for out of Ryan McMahon this year? "Just a mean, nasty offensive lineman".