Wednesday was the second media day of the spring, and TSL was on hand to talk to several players and coaches.
Grimes Continues to Evaluate his Players
Jeff Grimes is trying to find his five best offensive linemen. If two of them are centers, then one of them will play guard. If three of them are tackles, then one of them will play guard. Grimes is changing his depth chart daily in an effort to see how his players respond in different positions.
“I told the guys repeatedly that nobody has a position secured, and that I’m going to ask them to play different spots,” Grimes said. “I’m moving guys around. The starting lineup changes every day, sometimes with different guys in different spots. Sometimes one guy might have been going with the first group two days ago, and now he’s with the first group. It’s just a matter of trying to see as many things as I can with different guys.”
The offensive line depth chart looks a bit different today than it did when practice opened a week ago. Laurence Gibson and Mark Shuman have flipped spots, and Caleb Farris is working at guard.
LT: Laurence Gibson (r-Jr.), Jonathan McLaughlin (Fr.), Jake Goins (r-So.)
LG: Caleb Farris (Jr.), Adam Taraschke (r-Fr.), Nick Acree (r-Jr.)
C: Andrew Miller (r-Sr.), Matt Arkema (r-Jr.)
RG: Brent Benedict (r-Jr.), Augie Conte (r-Fr.)
RT: Mark Shuman (r-Jr.), Jake Goins (r-So.), Parker Osterloh (Fr.)
Note: David Wang is banged up, thus he isn’t listed on the depth chart right now.
None of that is a big surprise. We talked about the Arkema/Farris situation before practice began. If Grimes sees Farris as a possible starter at guard, then he would need somebody else to take snaps as the backup center. That’s what is currently happening, though I think it’s...
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