Linder was recruited to play center here but has added enough weight and strength to earn the trust of the coaches.
"He’s 298 pounds," head coach Al Golden said of Linder on Wednesday. "He’s strong. He’s gained weight since he got here. He’s big enough. He’s strong. His 225 test is good. His hip flexibility, knee bend is very good. He’s smart."
Even with Gall back in action, the offensive line situation still remains unclear three days before the game.
"Wells rotated in there. Gall was back today," Golden said. "Alex was the front-runner (to be the 6th man) before the injury. We’ll see how he did today (on the practice film), how his conditioning was."
So who is expected to be the fifth starter against Tech on Saturday? That remains unclear.
"I’ll let it play out. I want to see it on the field. Whoever practices best starts and wherever plays the best finishes the game."
The Canes played just five offensive linemen against Louisville and Nebraska so many people are wondering why there hasn't been more of a rotation.
"I think that’s fair," Golden said. "We were getting ready for the rotation. I felt that way with Moten and Chad and Wyche on defense. Gall would have been in the rotation the whole time. They took a lot of reps against Arkansas State. I’ve rotated them all with the ones the last two months. We need guys to step up and play good football."
We likely won't know the fifth starter until Saturday but expect Gall, Linder, and Wells to play as they seem to be ahead of the tackles (Trevor Darling and Sunny Odogwu) right now. If one of the tackles wins the job, Jon Feliciano will stay at right guard. If one of the guards wins the job, the senior will line up at right tackle.