TWO MINUTE DRILL: OL Adam Korby

This spring we spoke with Idaho's 4-year starting center, redshirt senior ADAM KORBY – a Second Team All-WAC selection last year who has been named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List three years in a row. Inside Korby talks with us about the offensive line developing around him, the performance of redshirt freshman Matt Cleveland this spring, and the offense the Vandals will run this fall.


Korby as a senior at Poudre High School.
When Adam Korby signed with Idaho out of Poudre High School (Fort Collins, CO), there was a ton of buzz within the Vandal camp about the First Team All-State (Colorado) selection who picked Idaho over a couple other offers (including the Air Force Academy). He had excellent size with good footwork and was a kid with a reputation in high school of finishing off his blocks well.

He did that and more at Idaho, almost immediately.

As a true freshman, he watched from the sidelines as two of his offensive line classmates, Desmond Clark and Marcis Fennell, played immediately as true freshmen. Both Clark and Fennell were solid linemen, and they were also blessed with 300-pound size. They were ready to play immediately – at least from a size and strength standpoint – while Korby and the fourth offensive lineman in Nick Holt's 2004 recruiting class, Kris Anderson, redshirted the '04 season.

By the time spring camp finished in 2005, Korby had climbed to the top of the offensive center depth chart, and has never looked back. Literally.

In the last three years Korby has started every single game for Idaho. You can practically the number of snaps he's missed on one hand. He has earned the Wayne Walker Ironman Award given annually to a single player on the Idaho roster each of the last three years, winning it the first time in 2005 in part because he was the ONLY offensive lineman that year to start every single game. He's won it every year since because he rarely leaves the field when Idaho has the ball.


Korby as a junior last year against Nevada.
Last year peer institutions and the media began taking notice of Korby's performance, voting him a Second Team All-WAC selection as a redshirt junior for a season in which he was instrumental in helping to pave the way for Deonte Jackson, Idaho's redshirt freshman tailback last year who rushed for over 1000 yards, earned Second Team All-WAC honors, and was named an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News. Considering Idaho's passing game never did get going last fall, and with each opponent loading the box to stop the run, the performance of Korby and the linemen around him last year was remarkable.

This spring Korby was chosen by his teammates to be the offensive unit Team Captain for the 2008 season, and again finds himself on the Rimington Trophy Watch List for the third year in a row (the Rimington Trophy recognizes the outstanding center in college football). With a veteran line around him, a loaded backfield behind him, and a second year starting quarterback, expectations are growing for the Vandal offense as the 2008 season approaches.


PASSING THE TORCH: From left to right, Vandal seniors Billy Bates (6-6, 288, starting right tackle) and Adam Korby (6-2, 289) alongside emerging redshirt freshmen Matt Cleveland (6-4, 316) and Tyrone Novikoff (6-7, 317).

PAT HAUGE: Adam, this is your senior year – your redshirt senior year. What do you think about the offensive line? Are you feeling pretty good about the group around you?

ADAM KORBY: "You know, I feel more comfortable now because the years we've played together - this is kind of the line that's forming, and I'm starting to get to know these guys. When you play a second year with someone you develop a better bond and guys communicate better; so overall it's just a better communication process, and it just flows that much easier when we block."


STARTING OFFENSIVE LINE
Spring Game
LT Matt Cleveland, 6-4, 316, RS-Fr
LG Adam Juratovac, 6-3, 297, Jr
OC Adam Korby, 6-2, 289, Sr
RG Kris Anderson, 6-3, 294, Sr
RT Billy Bates, 6-6, 288, Sr

Lineman Mike Iupati (6-6, 325) is recovering from surgery and will be back during fall.
PH: You've got a new, young lineman working with the starters – Matt Cleveland. How's he coming along?

AK: "You know, he's actually doing really good for himself. He kinda reminds me of me, when I was a redshirt freshman. Actually he's really good. We were helping him [in the Spring Game]…I mean, if he needs any help he has us here, but he's doing very good for himself; so we're excited to see how he plays [in the fall]."


PH: It looks like you guys are running out of a shotgun more - a little bit more running, a little bit more mobile offensive line play. Would you agree with that?

AK: "Yeah, I agree with it. We're just trying to play with different formations and packages, and we're kind of testing the shotgun formation out. Spring is the time to do it, test it out, see if it works. If it doesn't work then you can throw it out. I mean, two packages are better than just one single thing."


PH: Kris Anderson is back on your right side. What do you think about his move back to right guard – the position he played as a redshirt freshman?

AK: "At this point Kris can play almost any position; so he's a good guy. He always laughs...we joke with each other. He used to play center back in the day, but center is the only position he doesn't play. But I think he's comfortable any position he plays."



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