Another factor that played a part of the offensive line's struggle last fall was the Louisville running game, as is was not consistent enough to take pressure off of the passing game. The Cardinals averaged 3.1 yards per carry, which put the offense at second or third and long much of the season, allowing the defense to take advantage of the one back set and an inexperienced offensive line.
Coach Summers instructs the line
during the spring game (ITV)
The depth chart currently has the following first and second units:
(The starters that are listed below average 303.6 pounds)
|Offensive Line Depth Chart | First Unit|
|#69 Jason Hilliard||Jr.||RT||6'6||340|
|#66 Jerry Spencer||Sr.||RG||6'2||302|
|#68 Dan Koons||Sr.||C||6'5||286|
|#59 Jason Spitz||So.||LG||6'4||300|
|#78 Travis Leffew||So.||LT||6'4||290|
|Offensive Line Depth Chart | Second Unit|
|#79 Renardo Foster||r-Fr.||RT||6'6||310|
|#71 P.J. Tavarcsky||r-Fr.||RG||6'3||290|
|#53 Michael Sturgeon||Jr.||C||6'1||305|
|#60 Chad Pinkston||Sr.||LG||6'0||306|
|#75 Bubba Marshall||So.||LT||6'4||293|
Coach Summers (ITV)
ITV: I am sure by now you have analyzed the film from spring, how do you feel about the offensive line going into fall practice?
Coach Summers: I am very pleased with the progress of the offensive line. I think they have bought into what coach Petrino has brought into the offense and the different blocking schemes. They had picked up the run blocking schemes very well and I could see a big difference from the first practice in spring to the spring game.
ITV: Last year Louisville had to replace three offensive linemen from the previous year, this year you have a number of returning players that have experience. How do you feel about the experience going into this season?
Coach Summers: It's nice to have a guy like Dan Koons who has had 4 to 5 years of experience at his position as your anchor of the offensive line. We may have a few guys that may be new to start again this season, so game experience is going to be needed to develop as a unit. As each games goes along the better we will get as a unit.
ITV: Tell me about the center position and what rolls that position plays.
Coach Summers: The center position is a lot like the quarterback. The quarterback has to read the defense to see what coverage they are in, the center has to see how the defensive line is lined up and then give the blocking assignments to the rest of the offensive line for the play that is called. It's a key position and it is nice to have a guy there with experience.
ITV: Renardo Foster moved from the defensive line about half way through spring ball; tell me a little about Foster and how well has made the transition.
Coach Summers: Renardo is a very talented, exciting young man. I wish I would have had him all spring, but we only had him for part of spring pratice. He needs some time to develop and get some game experience, but will be a good offensive lineman.
Jason Hilliard (ITV)