Butler High School – Matthews, N.C. – Major: Arts and Sciences
Why he redshirted:
LeMay missed his entire senior season in high school due to a violation of team rules. He enrolled early and took part in spring practice, but depth and good health at the position made the choice to redshirt LeMay an easy one.
A look at the depth chart:
Hutson Mason's decision to redshirt in 2012 sets up an interesting depth chart. If starter Aaron Murray were to suffer a long-term injury, it's believed Mason would take over. If Murray remains healthy, LeMay would be the player to see mop-up and spot duty.
Hutson Mason/Christian LeMay
From the 2012 recruiting class:
Faton Bauta (already enrolled)
"It was a difficult transition for him, one having to sit out his senior season in high school and not playing and then coming here and the whole – this big offense getting thrown on him. It started off pretty good just on pure ability, but when we started adding more and more stuff it was kind of like he kind of shut down. Like all guys when they're going through a little bit of adversity and talking about getting redshirted they can go into a little bit of a funk. We visited a couple of times. He's really done a nice job since then. He's been working hard. … He's got a quick release and a strong arm. I'm looking forward to seeing this guy after a year and understanding things a lot better." – Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo
What the spring needs to bring:
Piggybacking off of what Bobo said, LeMay needs to come out for spring drills with confidence and a more consistent approach on a daily basis.
He is plenty capable from a physical standpoint. Teammates have raved about his work ethic in the weight room and his athleticism on the practice field. But trouble grasping the offense slowed LeMay's play down and caused him to hesitate/be unsure of himself.
He shows a strong arm, but doesn't throw a consistent ball. This was most noticeable during drills when Murray and Mason threw ahead of LeMay, who mixed in the occasional bad ball more often the other two.
Better understanding and knowledge of the offense should allow LeMay to play faster and with more confidence.
Contributions for next season and beyond:
Obviously Murray owns this position and isn't in any real danger of losing the job. LeMay could get into blowout games or potentially see a play or two in competitive settings as a change of pace or in a trick play formation.
With Mason redshirting, these two could potentially battle for the starting job once Murray leaves (whether it be in 2013 or 2014).
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