Kehoe on 2 OL -- "They're no longer freshmen"

Ereck Flowers and Taylor Gadbois both enrolled a semester before the rest of the incoming freshmen and went through spring drills. And it paid off in a major way, coaches say.

One of the big advantages these days in college football is for offensive linemen to graduate high school early and enroll in time for spring football. It's a position that puts such a big emphasis on technique and work habits, compared to raw talent, and getting the extra semester in pays off in a big way.

That's exactly the case for Ereck Flowers, who joined Taylor Gadbois as spring entries.

Flowers, a four-star left tackle prospect, played on Miami Norland's state championship team in 2011 and was recruited nationally. Gadbois, a three-star right tackle prospect from the state of Georgia, signed with Miami in Al Golden's first class but had to spend a semester at prep school. Both are entering their true freshman seasons at Miami with several months of college experience already under their belts.

It's just so good to get any freshman in, to get anyone who's gonna be completing his senior year to say I'm already done and I wanna get in early," said offensive line coach Art Kehoe. "There's a whole lot of stuff they're not going to do right (at first). They start to pick it up. They're here early so they won't repeat the same mistakes."

Flowers and Gadbois worked as the second team tackles in the spring and held up nicely, after being on campus for just two months prior to that. Now they'll have about four more months on campus before fall camp starts.

"They will take huge steps between now and two a days as opposed to going through U-Tough days to spring football," Kehoe said. "I was trying to coach them and they're like ‘ahhh" they're looking around but they managed to make it through all that. They're gonna take huge steps and they're gonna help us win."

Kehoe has coached a lot of good offensive lines in his many years as a coach and he knows how difficult it can be to get quality minutes from a true freshman.

"My opinion is most of those guys won't be ready when they come in as true freshmen," he said. "To me, those two guys are no longer freshmen because they've lifted, they have competed, studied the film, been taught, gone to class, know the campus. They've done everything they've been asked to do. They're ahead of the curve."

As the second team left tackle, Flowers is just an injury away from possibly protecting the blindside of Miami's quarterbacks.

"Ereck Flowers is a really talented guy and is way ahead of where we thought he'd be," Kehoe said. "I'm hoping he is mentally and physically tough enough to be ready to play against Boston College or Kansas State. He runs on the second team and it's gonna be tough."

Flowers played right tackle through the spring but is listed at both right tackle and guard on the depth chart going into the summer.

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