Player Profile: Taylor Lasecki

Scott profiles SMU center Taylor Lasecki in Pony Stampede's latest 2015 player profile.

Position: Center
Size: 6-2, 296
Year: Senior (3 year letterman)
High School: Frisco HS (Tex.)
Hometown: Frisco, Texas

Recruitment

While Lasecki reported interest from schools like Notre Dame, Virginia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Air Force, Washington, Oklahoma State and Auburn, the Collin-County native picked up his sole offer from SMU. The rising senior was named first-team All-District and second-team All-Collin County. He was also ranked No. 91 on the Dallas Morning News’ All-Area list. In the end, Lasecki’s decision to commit to SMU was easy because of the school’s location and his relationship with then-offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

2014 Recap

Expectations were high at the beginning of the 2014 season for then redshirt junior Taylor Lasecki who was named to the 2014 Remington Trophy Watch List. Headed into his third straight season as the starting center, expectations quickly cooled as Lasecki and the entire offensive line struggled mightily throughout the 2014 season. Lasecki was even moved to guard for some time to make room for youngsters Evan Brown and William Barns.

Whether you blame it on June Jones’ resignation following the second game of the season or not, the offensive line struggled to gel as a unit, which is partially Lasecki’s fault. Even as a three-year starting center, Lasecki struggled during run blocking and pass protection. I even recall seeing Lasecki simply not seeing rushers running past him when he was in pass protection. You can’t blame Lasecki for all of the offensive line’s struggles, but the Frisco native failed to step up when needed and did not meet expectations.
Grade: C-


Outlook in 2015

I’d like to think new offensive line coach Dustin Fry’s new system could provide a nice change of scenery for Lasecki and the entire offensive line, but unfortunately I see the Mustangs’ offensive line being the weak point of the offense. Lasecki needs to prove he knows the playbook inside and out, and that he can play aggressively and deliver when called upon. If Lasecki fails to step up, don’t be surprised to see redshirt freshman Braylon Hyder, if he’s healthy, get a look. William Barns could also see more time at center if the redshirt senior struggles and the current staff decides to go with a youth movement.

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