CF.C Signing Day feature: Prep coach says new Cougar OL Alec Kuzmack obsessed with QB protection

WASHINGTON STATE O-LINE SIGNEE Alec Kuzmack out of Eagle, Idaho, has all the necessary traits to be a dominant offensive tackle in the Pac-12, his prep coach tells CF.C. One of the bigger ones: his mindset on protecting his quarterback.

“He will go to great lengths to protect the quarterbacks,” Eagle High head football coach Paul Peterson said of  Kuzmack

Peterson calls the offensive line the “backbone of a program” and that Kuzmack is a player whom that backbone can be built upon.  He has a 6-foot-5, 295-pound build, quick feet and strong Icelandic blood.

“He is a big, athletic, true offensive linemen,” Peterson said. “He's relatively quiet but very self-assured. I've watched him really mature to a young man that understands being an offensive linemen and being a part of a brotherhood.”

So how does Kuzmack transform from an elite high school offensive tackle to a Pac-12 road grader? A lot of time in the weight room, Peterson said, transforming his massive frame into a finely-tuned blocking machine.

“It will be good for Alec to be exposed to the highest level of that fraternity,” Peterson said of the Washington State program. “Make no mistake, he is making great strides as he has been going through high school and…it's going to take some older guys to show him what that is.”

The focus is on what Kuzmack can do on the field, but the offensive lineman also brings a lot to the locker room and team as a whole, said his prep coach.

“He is not going to have any issues, whether it is academically or midnight on Friday and Saturday night,” Peterson said. “He is team-oriented, community-oriented and is going to represent that program and institution in a way everyone would want him to.”

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