OL: Hard Work Paying Off

Senior offensive lineman Andrew Bain is enjoying spring practice so far under new head coach Randy Shannon and he spoke to CanesTime about the latest.

Andrew Bain and several of his offensive line teammates were told by Randy Shannon after last season that they were overweight. One of the first things Shannon did when becoming head coach is make sure the linemen lost weight heading into spring.

"The offensive line and defensive line all had body fat issues," Bain said. "We got together in the early morning and had 6 o'clock workouts. We ran together, pushed each other to eat right and to lose weight. We did extra conditioning and did everything the coaches asked us to do."

For Bain personally, who has been near 350 pounds during his UM career, he said he's trimmed down from last season.

"I've always been working on my weight," he said. "Everyone knows that. As a unit, as we get closer to the goal, we understand what a great thing Coach Shannon implimented when he wanted us to lose weight."

Bain, who is now 6-foot-3 and 328 pounds, said he and his teammates responded well to Shannon's challenge.

"We didn't take it as punishment," he said. "We took it as what we need to do in order to help this team win a national championship."

Bain is one of the strongest Hurricanes in the weightroom with a 455-pound bench press, a 625-pound sqaut, and a 300-pound clean. He feels good so far this spring.

"I've felt great," he said. "Things have been going really well for us. Everyone as a group has done really well. We're taking large steps as an offense and as a team. The offensive line is adjusting well to the new system and we're all coming together well as a unit."

One of the biggest challenges for Bain and his fellow upperclassmen linemates has been learning to work under his third offensive line coach in as many years. Jeff Stoutland has taken over for Mario Cristobal, who replaced Art Kehoe from the year before.

"It's been the type of thing that everything helps," he said. "Like everyone else, it's how much you learn from it. Having three offensive line coaches like that helps you become a student of the game. As a group, we try to get every technique down and as much knowledge as we can get. We took everyhing from Coach Kehoe that we could, then Coach Cristobal, and now with Coach Stoutland."

The talented lineman said he's enjoyed working with UM's new offensive line coach this spring.

"He's a mix between Coach Kehoe and Coach Cristobal," he said. "He's real fiery like Coach Kehoe and has great teaching ability like Coach Cristobal. We like him and we're very excited to learn as much as we can and to play for him."

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