Eight different offensive linemen saw action against Maryland in the season opener. Joel Figueroa and Malcolm Bunche played left tackle; Brandon Washington played right. Tyler Horn played the entire game at center. Harland Gunn, Brandon Linder, Jonathan Feliciano, and Shane McDermott all played some at guard. Things could be a bit different this Saturday.
"We've had Brandon at left tackle and right (tackle), Fig at left and right (tackle), Feliciano at left guard and right tackle, and Bunche at both left and right tackle," said head coach Al Golden.
Golden said that the coaches will evaluate the situation and decide on the starting lineup and what the rotation will look like on Thursday.
"We'll let coaches choose the starting lineups tomorrow. Brandon has been and will continue working at left and right. He was at (left) today."
If Washington were to move over to left tackle, it means that Bunche, Feliciano, and Figueroa would be the options at right tackle. Golden said the coaches have been especially impressed with Feliciano.
"Feliciano is playing good football right now. If he's not top five, he's probably six or seven. He's put himself in that group. Of course any time a player does that, we'll re-tool to make sure we get the top five in the game. He's been making a lot of progress. He's garnered more time. We'll decide who will start where and how much they'll play tomorrow."
It's always a positive when a team has so many guys who can play both guard and tackle and Golden understands that.
"The biggest thing is that we have multiple guys who can play guard and tackle for us."
One player who was missing in last Monday's rotation is Jermaine Johnson, who was expected to compete for the starting right tackle spot heading into fall camp. Golden talked about his progress.
"He's a bit behind the other guys playing tackle. It's nothing to be embarrassed about. He just has to continue to work and improve. He's had a good attitude and he's young. He just has to continue making progress there."
While Golden said they'll decide tomorrow on Saturday's starters, don't be surprised if guys end up getting moved around even more come Saturday night.