O-Line Shuffling with Feliciano Out

Jon Feliciano was injured on Saturday and will miss the rest of spring football. With one starter now out, the offensive line is seeing a little shuffle going on. Read on to see what's now going on at that position.

Jon Feliciano emerged as a full-time starter at right tackle last season. He was switched back to guard to begin spring drills but an injury he suffered in Saturday's scrimmage will sideline him for the rest of spring.

Because of that, Jermaine Johnson is now playing guard. Al Golden talked about what the group now looks like.

"As we look at the line today -- Bunche at left (tackle), Jermaie at left guard, McDermott (center), Linder (right guard), and Seantrel (right tackle)," Golden said.

Johnson began spring drills listed as the first team right tackle. Golden talked about how he looked playing inside today and which other players will get a look there.

"Jermaine looked real good inside," he said. "With Feliciano being out for the rest of spring, we're having (Taylor) Gadbois, Hunter Wells, and (Ereck) Flowers now all getting reps. There's a silver lining there."

One player who seems to be making the most progress is Jeremy Lewis. A former four-star defensive tackle recruit from Palm Beach County, Lewis has only played in a few games throughout his career. Now a fifth year senior, he could be ready to jump into the mix along the offensive line.

"He's doing a good job, rotating with the ones," Golden said of Lewis. "He's playing left guard now but he can play both left and right. I'm pleased with Jeremy."

So what does the senior have to do to take the next step forward?

"He's gotta get to the point where he's in better condition and play at a high level," Golden said. "He's like Clive. We have to get him in the condition where he can play at a high level throughout the course of a practice."

With Johnson now playing inside, junior Seantrel Henderson now has a tremendous opportunity at right tackle. He took advantage of it today, with a very strong practice.

"The thing that jumped out today was Seantrel, the energy, the way he trusted technique," Golden said.

With Henderson on the right side, Malcolm Bunche is still holding down the starting left tackle spot.

"Malcolm's doing good," Golden said. "He's more vocal in there. He understands it better, and is playing better now."

One of the reasons for the move of Johnson to guard was that the coaches want to play the best five.

"Our deal is to play the best five and we think he's one of the best five so we'll see how it shakes out," Golden said.

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