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Two OL speak following Tuesday's practice

Read on to see what a couple of Miami's offensive linemen were saying following Tuesday's practice.

Tyler Gauthier, Jr., Offensive Lineman

On the competition to start on the offensive line…

“I mean it always extremely hard to do. We have some great football players. It’s college football. You don’t just sign up and come out here and play, just like it was high school or something like that. Everyone is good. Everybody is going to compete.”

 

On the development of the line from the start of spring…

“I mean, we are getting better. We are running around, hitting a little more, thinking a little less. I mean, we still got the two freshmen [linemen Navaughn Donaldson and Zach Dykstra], they are still learning everything. Navaughn is playing well. I mean, every day you have to come out here and get better.”

 

On what is impressive about freshman offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson…

“Just his size and his strength and his physicality for being a freshman. He is not scared to go out there and hit you. There was a play where he drove him all the way to the sideline and it was pretty incredible to watch, especially for a freshman.”

 

On the quarterbacks being live…

“I mean, to us the quarterback is always live in our heads when we are blocking out here. Even when we know that they aren’t supposed to get tackled. If they get touched, that’s a bad thing. If someone runs past him, that’s a bad thing. So it is pretty much always live for us.”

 

Kc McDermott, Sr., Offensive Lineman 

On the quarterbacks during the scrimmage…

“I think the QBs handled it pretty well. It was the first time they could be hit in a scrimmage here. It was somewhat unexpected for them, but they were ready for it and they handled it pretty well. We did pretty well up front on the offensive line. Obviously, we got to improve. There are certain areas that we got to get better at. That is all we are working on right now, is getting better.”

 

On any plays or playmakers that stood out …

“[Freshman offensive lineman] Navaughn Donaldson had one heck of a play during a power. And [freshman athlete] DeeJay Dallas, you know, if you put a ball up there he will go and grab it. So everyone did well. Obviously, like I said, we have got some stuff to improve on.”

 

On freshman offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson…

“It kind of helps when you are 350 pounds. But yeah, he is pretty advanced for his age. Someone who is a student of the game and studies everything. Like I said earlier, he is always here, putting in extra time, studying stuff, he is studying NFL players, he is studying us, looking at what he can do to get better and that is what I love about this kid.”


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