Spring Game Post-Game: H-Back Mike LaGrone

REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE MIKE LAGRONE, IDAHO'S TOP H-BACK heading into the 2011 season, saw his role grow this spring as fellow sophomore, tightend Taylor Elmo went down with an injury. LaGrone saw his role as tightend increase, and Saturday after the Spring Game he met with the media to talk about his expanded role, and the impact of the tightend and H-Back positions on the Vandal offense.

Last fall redshirt freshman H-Back Mike LaGrone had an outstanding first season as an integral part of the Idaho offense. He didn't start any games in 2010 (at least not officially), but he played extensively, backing up senior Daniel Hardy who is preparing to take his shot at a career in the NFL. LaGrone scored his first career touchdown in the second game of the year at Nebraska, and went on to finish his first season with 112 yards on 13 receptions. In addition he threw some tremendous blocks along the way.

Going into spring camp LaGrone moved into Idaho's starting H-Back role (working in tandem with the tightend, lining up virtually anywhere on the field, including fullback, slot receiver, or as a second tightend). However, with classmate Taylor Elmo out with an injury this spring (Elmo was working as one of the top tightends and is expected back for fall), LaGrone has moved into the top tightend role and played exceptionally well throughout camp.

Saturday Lagrone met with the media to talk about his role in the Vandal offense and the strength of the tightend position in the Idaho offense (with Hardy preparing for the NFL, and following in the footsteps of Eddie Williams).


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