NAME: Tyler McMeans
HOMETOWN: Shippenville, Pa.
POSITION: Offensive Lineman
CAREER GAMES/STARTS: 8/6
SPRING REVIEW: McMeans played primarily left guard throughout the spring on the first unit. He was a right guard last season, but was effective in the transition. He lost weight and has gained confidence. Continued to play with intensity.
2005 OUTLOOK: McMeans will be in a battle this fall at the starting guard positions with Derrick Morse and Tony Tella. All three players started at least six games last year so the battle could be fierce. One of 16 seniors on the roster who is looking to leave on a good note.
SPRING ARTICLE: "McMeans Competing at Guard"
Q&A WITH TYLER McMEANS
How was the spring game?
"The spring game went pretty well. I think the biggest mindset of the spring was to finish the defenders and get a lot tougher—which I think we definitely needed to do. I thought we did a pretty good job of doing that today. We have some people that are injured right now, but we are doing what we can. We still need to improve on a lot of areas, but that stuff is going to come. That is what the spring is for, to get out here and make mistakes in practice."
Have any of the young linemen stepped up?
"I think definitely Tyrone Byrd stepped up a lot during this spring. He is a freshman and was at left tackle, but we had some injuries and we needed to put him in there at center. I think he has done a hell of a job. When all else fails: technique and mindset, all you have left is your aggressiveness and demeanor. That is definitely what he is going to get by on. He is a tremendous athlete. I think he has the whole package and is very mature for his age."
How have the injuries affected the offensive line unit?
"It happens. It happened to me last year. That is part of the game. You would love to get a line out there and stick with it, but that is not realistic anywhere. You cannot wish and hope, you just have to go out there and do it. I think the work ethic of this team has always been hard as heck. We have always worked our butt off. I think as a team we are young and we have to overcome things."
How has the defensive line looked this spring?
"The D-line is just a tremendous group of athletes. They are always going to go out there and fly around. That is frustrating for us sometimes as offensive guys. On offense we have to all be out there on the same page, and in a sense they do to, but they are able to make more mistakes. But when it is all said and done on September 5th they are our best friends."
What did you improve this spring?
"After getting injured last year, that pulled me down a little bit. Mentally I just want to get back into the game and being real aggressive. I think I have accomplished that this spring. Also I want to work on the mental aspects of the game. Not making any stupid mistakes and being able to be a leader."
Are you looking to still lose weight?
"Yeah, I have done a pretty good job. Coach Kehoe keeps telling me the more I keep losing the more I am going to be better at running."
What weight do the coaches want you at?
"They want me to get down to 315, but I personally want to get to 320 and we will take it from there."
Spring Recap: OL Tyler McMeans
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