As he has maintained since the start of spring practice, Bill Bedenbaugh looks at the absence of Don Barclay and Jeff Braun as opportunities for other players to make their mark. As he is nowhere near setting a starting lineup (he says that won't occur until deep into fall camp), he's still looking for individual improvement from his players as the spring progresses.
Part of that process is watching his linemen in one-on-one competition with their defensive counterparts -- a chance for each player to get as close to live action as the real thing until scrimmages -- and Bedenbaugh has been happy with his interior line. As might be expected, those competing at tackle in place of Barclay and Braun have had their ups and downs, especially those that have gone up against Bruce Irvin.
In this interview, Bedenbaugh discusses the results of drills to date, and explains some of the different techniques that his linemen are using and learning this spring.