O-Line Shuffle has Pouncey on the Move

The voice of the offense is wearing more than just his leadership hat lately. Mike Pouncey is exercising his versatility on the O-Line by helping to fill holes left by injured linemen. With left tackles Xavier Nixon and Matt Patchan dealing with some bumps and bruises, offensive coordinator Steve Addazio has gotten creative.

Michael Pouncey said he is working at right tackle while Marcus Gilbert takes on the left tackle position and Sam Robey comes in to fill the void at center.

"We still haven't figured out who our starting five is so we're going to figure that out this week and…I might have to play tackle for the first couple games so we'll see. We still don't know. It doesn't matter to me. I feel like I'm a great player wherever I play and I just want to win," Pouncey told the media Tuesday afternoon.

Injuries are creating a nice path for some younger players to compete for a starting job.

"They're rotating every day between Jon Halapio, Sam Robey and Jonotthan Harrison. We don't know who's going to play yet."

When asked about the likelihood of a line where he is not holding down the center spot, Pouncey said he certainly isn't counting out that possibility.

"(Odds) are pretty high right now with both of our left tackles out so we don't know what's going to happen. I didn't expect it. I thought I was going to play center but I'll do whatever it takes for us to win games. If it means I have to play tackle, that's what it's going to be."

If this ever-changing line morphs into a version where Sam Robey is the center, most would worry that he has pretty big Pouncey shoes to fill. Mike said he has full trust in Robey, however.

"He's ready. He's been behind me and my brother so he's just waiting for his opportunity and if he gets it I think he's going to take full advantage of it."

Pouncey said it doesn't really matter who is at what position as long as they gel as a whole and keep their most important job in mind: protecting John Brantley.

"We're going to need our offensive line to play great this year with John Brantley at quarterback. He can't take the hits that Tebow took. We're just going to need him to play well and trust in us. I think we have to go out there and prove that week in and week out. I love this program and I love all my teammates. For us being so young I think all of them look up to me. It's just a blessing to be in the situation I'm in. There's a lot of responsibility. We have to lead this team back to Atlanta. Especially with me being an offensive leader, we've got to lead this team back to Atlanta. That's our biggest goal."

Pouncey also took some time to put the freshmen in their place.

"Everybody has to come in with that attitude but at the end of the day freshmen need to shut their mouths and just come play. They haven't done anything on Saturday and most of the fans don't even know who they are. So, until they prove themselves they just need to sit back and let the older guys play. Yea man…that whole recruiting class is cocky."

He went on to clarify, saying a few freshmen have had an attitude makeover since arriving on campus.

"Those three D-linemen, they're not really cocky. They just go out and play everyday. I think Dominique Easley is more ahead of those guys. But, I think Sharrif Floyd is the most mature dude."
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