Film Review: Jamar McGloster

Breaking down redshirt freshman OT Jamar McGloster's performance against Duke.

When Sean Hickey left the game in the middle of the second quarter, the Syracuse fans and coaches had all be wondering what could possibly happen next. Luckily for the Orange, he returned after halftime and played the entire second half. In the meantime, however, there were three series where Jamar McGloster had to play in Hickey’s place.

The Background

Scout Rating: NR
Position Rank: NR OT
Class: 2013
High School: St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ)
Other Offers: None


McGloster certainly looks the part at 6-foot-7, 303-pounds. He is imposing at the end of the line. When he gets his hands on a defender, he makes him pay with long, strong arms.

McGloster moves well at times in order to get to the second level. His shows a lot of raw ability in terms of how athleticism and strength. He has solid knee bend and when he plays with leverage, can be physical at the point of attack.

On interior run plays, McGloster is at his best. The assignment and read is easy. Hit the guy in front of you and drive him to the outside. He was able to do that well during his limited time on the field. He also showed the ability to collapse down on a defensive tackle and take him completely out of the play.


McGloster is still very raw, and therefore some of his technique is spotty. He struggles with speed rushers off the edge. His footwork is not good enough right now to handle a quick first step. He often finds himself on the behind the defensive end and has to reach or lunge at his assignment to try to alter his path.

He is still a bit too slow out of his stance, which is another vulnerability against the speed rush. McGloster showed flashes of improvement on Saturday, but was very inconsistent. He was immediately in a less than ideal position after the slow first step.

While McGloster has solid strength, he relied on his upper body too often which cost him. Rather than driving through his legs, he would try to let his arms do all the work. This is another technique issue that needs to be refined.

Too often, McGloster is not aggressive enough. On his very first snap, he fired off the ball and got to the second level with ease. After that, he was much more subdued. If he can play with the same force as he did in snap one ever play, it will go along way to generating some consistency.

The Numbers rewatched every offensive snap from Syracuse’s loss to Due and the results were mixed for McGloster. He was considered to have won the battle if he read the play correctly, identified the appropriate assignment and blocked his assignment well. He was considered to lose if he was beaten by the defender or did not take on the correct assignment. It was a draw if his assignment was to block a blitzer that never came and he therefore did not engage with a defender.

On 50% of his snaps, McGloster won his individual battle. On 36%, he lost the battle or was beaten by his defender. The remaining 14% were considered draws. Broken out further, Hayes won 57% of running plays and 43% of passing plays.


When McGloster joined Syracuse’s 2013 class well after signing day, it was quite clear he was a project. He actually showed more flashes than expected, which is an encouraging positive to take away from his performance on Saturday. Still, he has to continue to develop his footwork, quickness out of his stance and consistency with his aggressiveness.


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