Saia could play early

With numerous offensive linemen sitting out spring practice, Coach Derek Dooley has had to shake things up just to put together a two deep depth chart.

Freshman Kris Cavitt switched sides to give Coach Dooley ten healthy offensive linemen. Walk on players Chris Tusch and Corbin Best have also been working with the second unit.

Bill Jones, Jon LeBlanc, Greg Greathouse, and David Accardo all sitting out, there is no room for any more injuries. Even with two or three of those guys back in action this fall, there will be room for someone to work there way into the lineup.

Rob McGill, Cudahy Harmon, David Accardo, Lon Roberts, Ben Harris, Bill Jones, Ryan Snell, and Jared Miles have all seen plenty of action in their careers. Young players like Will Taylor, Greathouse, LeBlanc, and Cavitt have not been in the line of fire yet.

When Kevin Saia arrives for fall camp, he will bring the size and toughness necessary to help right away. Greathouse and LeBlanc are centers and Cavitt will likely spend a year getting familiar with his new position. That leaves Snell and Taylor to battle newcomers for spots on that second team.

Coach Dooley will spend the rest of the spring looking for backup tackles and hoping everyone else stays healthy. With two centers out, he has also had to experiment with other players snapping the ball.

True Freshmen Michael Lacy and Josh Parrish will also add depth this fall and push for playing time themselves. Saia seems to be the most ready to play of the three and Coach Dooley will probably be glad to have one more player to call on.

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