Offensive Line Recap

TSR recaps how the offensive line performed last week during spring practice.

During the second week of spring practice, gray areas on the offensive line became more visible, but bright spots flickered, cluing coaches in on what they should reinforce and what they should emphasize before the annual spring game on April 24.

Questions at right guard still linger. That's “the main concern I have right now,” Friedgen said. “That's an area where we're kind of beat up. I don't have a whole lot of answers right now, unless these guys can tough it out.”

The injury-provoked absence of junior Lamar Young from spring practice has handed five guards - Andrew Gonnella, Pete White, Bennett Fulper, Justin Lewis and Josh Cary - opportunities to prove themselves. While Gonnella has been playing left guard this spring, in Friedgen's eyes, the other four are duking out for the right spot.

While Friedgen pointed out that offensive tackles have been improving throughout the spring for the most part, he also showed concern that the limited amount of practice reps some linemen have been getting might be fostering stagnations of their levels of performance.

“Guys that are there every day are getting better,” Friedgen said. “Guys that come a couple periods, hold out, come another couple periods [are] making the same mistakes they did the year before, and they're not getting better. And if it doesn't get better, I'm going to make some moves. We'll get somebody over there who wants to play.”

Senior Paul Pinegar might steadily be erasing one question mark in fans' minds going into spring practice. He's playing center for the first time in his college career, but has impressed Friedgen thus far. “Pinegar has done a lot better than I thought he would,” Friedgen said. “He's lost some weight, and I think that's helped his movement.”

Friedgen added that Pinegar's versatility - he played tackle and guard before stepping in as center - is very valuable to the team.

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