Southern Methodist University has been working this entire off-season to erase the memories of a 1-11 finish last season.
Not every player, however, has been able to participate in this rebuilding effort. Red shirt freshman Josh LeRibeus fits into that category after having off-season surgery on one of his labrums.
LeRibeus, however, is looking on the bright side of his hiatus from summer conditioning. "I've only had to do half of it," the offensive lineman said. "That's pretty nice."
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound red shirt freshman spent most of the off-season recovering from surgery on a shoulder that was hurt in spring practice. Yet LeRibeus told PonyStampede.com Thursday that he is 90-95 percent healthy and expects to be able to make contact in practice in a week.
"The first running I was slow," he said. "But I'm back up to where I was last year."
Not that this off-season has not been different for the offensive lineman. He said the running has been less intense and the schemes have had a different emphasis as well. "A lot of pass blocking—a lot of pass blocking," "Last year was just all run and three point stance—got to get used to that two point stance."
"It's different but I like it."
The Richardson Berkner product is listed at number two on the spring depth chart behind senior Sean Lobo at left guard. He said he needs to improve his technique and knowledge of the playbook.
Yet LeRibeus expects to improve along with the team. He said the excitement of the team for a new start is obvious. "They love it," the red shirt freshman said. "They know we're going places.
"There's no doubt there's going to be a bowl game this year."
LeRibeus, however, must get himself back to 100 percent first.
"I've just got to get this arm better and I'll be out there," he said. "And hopefully then just hammering people."