''Always. ALWAYS!'' Respert said with a smile. ''Any time the talent around you is better, you are going to have to step it up or get left behind. I told Rob to compete to win one of those slots because that will only make the eventual winner that much better. We all understand the situation and look forward to the challenge when August gets here.''
Although the competition for starting jobs in the O-line is fierce, Respert says the competition remains friendly.
''I think it would be very tough if any of us were selfish guys,'' he said. ''If us four or five (projected starters) were selfish, it would be a hard situation. We don't look at it like that. We want the best for this football program and we DEFINITELY dont want to go 8-5 again.''
Respert missed spring practice rehabbing a shoulder injury but expects to be full speed by July.
''My strength and conditioning is the top priority when it comes to being off this long and not being able to lift weights with my upper body,'' he said. ''I think it will all come back pretty quick. All I have to do is put the effort in.''