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Improved Gavin Solid to Illinois

2016 Frankfort (IL) Lincoln-Way East OL Kurt Gavin is using his senior season to prepare for his career at Illinois. But how is he progressing and what his status is with Illinois?

Lincoln-Way East senior offensive lineman Kurt Gavin is not one of the more talked-about offensive linemen in the state, but he has the tools and potential to be a solid Big Ten lineman in college.  The 6'5", 280 pound offensive tackle is the anchor for a Griffins line that has graduated several D1 prospects over the last few years.  

In Friday's matchup against Bolingbrook, Gavin knew that the game would be a measuring stick for his progress this offseason and be a true test for he and his teammates.

"They were probably the numer one defense we have played, no doubt," Gavin said.  "I can tell my first two steps have improved greatly.  I used to have a habit where my first step would always go back.  I still need to improve in firing out lower, because when I face shorter defensive ends, I haven't been getting low enough and don't drive them back how I usually would."

Most of the nigh, the Griffins stuck with the read option offense against an aggressive Bolingbrook defense.  But he does feel like his pass blocking has improved since last year.

"I feel good in pass blocking because my feet are so quick and I'm able to change direction faster than most guys," Gavin said.

Gavin has played tackle most of his high school career, but he says he may end up on the interior in college.

"I talked to the coaches (at Illinois) about it, and I might be playing guard, so I don't really know yet," he said.

The news about Tim Beckman's firing just before the season was a surprise to Gavin, but he's come to terms with the decision and understands it's just part of the profession.

"It was a weird time for Beckman to get let go, to be honest," Gavin said.  "When I heard what he was actually doing with the players I was surprised, but I guess they just needed to move in a different direction."

Gavin said that his decision when he committed was to the school, so at this time he's still Illini-bound.

"I am still solid!" Gavin said.  "I just love the school.  I'll most likely visit for the Wisconsin game."

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