Keep Low!

At a towering six feet six inches, WVU's Ben Timmons isn't the prototypical center.

The tallest players along offensive lines are typically found at tackle, not a center. However, that's not the case on West Virginia's restructured offensive line, where senior Ben Timmons is a standout at the center spot.

Conventional wisdom says that centers need to be shorter, if for no other reason than to keep out of the sightlines of the quarterback on pass plays. With West Virginia's moving pocket and even more mobile quarterbacks, that problem usually doesn't crop up. However, there is one thing that the talented Ohioan has to concentrate on as he takes his position over the ball.

"I have to stay low and work on getting my footwork right," Timmons said of his biggest challenge in playing the key spot on the offensive line. "I have to make sure my feet stay pointed, but keeping low is the biggest thing.

"Every once in a while I have to remind myself to stay low. If I get up, the defensive guy is going to get under me, and Coach Trickett will have something to say to me," Timmons concluded with a laugh.

Timmons hasn't always been a center. He's seen stops at nearly every offensive line position, and even though he has settled into the center spot, he's ready to help out elsewhere in case of injury. His experience along the line has helped a great deal in that regard.

"I'm pretty used to switching positions now," Timmons observed. "Last year, it was a little bit frazzling, but I'm pretty comfortable with it."

As the team goes through its last preparations for Wisconsin, Timmons said that the biggest challenge the line faced this fall was getting everyone "on the same page". He went on to explain what that catchphrase means for an offensive line.

"One example is everyone coming off the ball in one motion, everyone making one big hit. We have to make sure everyone takes the right step, and everyone does it in tandem, and does it over and over. It's a repetition, and everyone has to be doing what they are supposed to be doing. Making the right step with the right foot is the start of it.

"Most of our zone plays have the same steps, but you still have to adjust for different fronts," Timmons explained. "And then, you have to account for slants. If everyone doesn't do the same thing, then the play isn't going to work."


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