Leader of the O-Line

Senior center Anthony Wollschlager is the lone returning starter on the offensive line.

The Florida State game is finally just around the corner and Anthony Wollschlager is ready to go.

He expects the same kind of FSU team to show up on Sept. 4.

"They are FSU, they are good," Wollschlager said. "They are going to have athletes. They are going to be fast and strong, a good defense as always, and a powerful offense. This year's FSU team will be no different than any other year--they will be real good."

The offensive line will be the key for UM to win, just like it is for any game.

"Very rarely do you dominate in the trenches and lose the game or just totally suck in the trenches and win the game," said Wollschlager, who is starting for the second year.

The UM offensive line will have four new starters and Wollschlager thinks things are coming along "real good".

"We had some injuries with A.J. Trump, Alex Pou, and Tyrone Byrd and injuries obviously doesn't help the morale," Wollschlager said. "But those guys are coming back good."

Byrd (knee) and Pou (hand) are on their way back as they do some contact work. Trump (ankle) is running around, but not doing contact work yet.

The team has completed the grind of two-a-days and has began studying for FSU. The game is 11 days away.

Derrick Morse is expected to start at right guard next to Wollschlager and is doing very well. Andrew Bain is expected to start at left guard and is holding his own as well.

"Bain is doing real well," Wollschlager said. "He's a beast. He's somebody that every center wants to play next to just because he is smart, strong as an ox, and technically if I slip up on something he is right there."

Wollschlager is expected to be the leader of the offensive line and is doing a great job of it. One of the keys of being a leader is being a big-time producer on the team and he knows he is expected to lead by being a solid player.

"Everybody has to do their own jobs even the leaders and seniors," Wollschlager said. "There are a lot of guys on this team that are expected to lift this team up, but it is everyone's responsibility to take care of their own business."

"Personally I have been doing a real good job and just getting better at my technique stuff," he said.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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