Player Profile Series: OL Jordan Free

With fall camp nearing, the PS staff will profile all 22 projected starters throughout July. Today we take a look at senior guard Jordan Free.

Jordan Free

Position: Guard

Size: 6-3, 311

Classification: RS-Senior

High School: Parkview Baptist High School (LA)

2011 Review: Free had seen more action in his prior two years on the team than this past year, seeing time in over 20 games in the 2009 and 2010 seasons before only playing in two games this past season. Even though Free played sparingly last season and his lone start was in 2010 against Tulane, he has proven that he can be a solid player for the Mustangs.

Free is a big body that can stay low in run blocking, something the Mustangs have thrived in with All-Conference senior running back Zach Line. Free has also provided some solid pass blocking.

Making the adjustment from a run-based offense to June Jones' Run N' Shoot has been a smooth one with Free being able to ease into it with his playing time the last three years. Free along with seniors Blake McJunkin and Bryan Collins will be looked to for leadership by the two tackles that are first year starters along the line this season.

Grade: B

2012 Outlook: Most people would point to junior Ben Gottschalk and Jordan Free as the two weak points of the offensive line as they project to be charged with protecting junior quarterback and UT transfer Garrett Gilbert's blindside, but Free and Gottschalk are two of the smarter players along the line. Free is also one of the stronger players along the offensive line and spends a tremendous amount of time in the weight room along with Gottschalk.

Free understands his importance being next to the youngest lineman projected to start in Gottschalk because he has to be the one communicating McJunkin's line calls to Gottschalk so their communication will be key. Free is excited about his final season and all the work that the team has put in this summer.

If Free can communicate the line calls effectively, putting Gottschalk in the best position to execute, then Gilbert will have a much better chance of succeeding in his first season in the Run N' Shoot and Zach Line can continue to be Zach Line.

Free is a player with a mean streak, something that will be welcome along the line with so many new full-time starters so Free will be looked to by the others to set the tone up front.

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