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Protecting the blind side for Morris
Have you taken notice on how recruiting is going? I think we will be just fine in the RT department. No worries the coaches will take care of this issue
I noticed Tom's update today about Magnuson being the true left tackle that was needed. LT isn't as important for a lefty QB, so that was what inspired my question.
I am assuming that being a true LT prospect means that he will be able to cover the blind side well. I think we just say LT because most QBs are right handed. I'm sure Manguson can play as a true blind side protector as a RT.
whoever has a lock on the position to move to RT because it may hurt his NFL draft stock
The number 9 pick in the draft, Tyron Smith, played RT for USC last year. I don't think it would necessarily hurt their draft status.
Did he make position switch from LT to RT? In his last year?
He was a backup LT his freshman year, then stepped in as a full time RT in his sophomore and junior years.
Normally RT get drafted lower because the LT in college are just the better lineman. Smith is an odd case, because even though he is an exceptionally talented tackle, he wasn't the best one on his team. He would have started at LT for almost any other team in the country.
Certainly, I know of Matt Kalil, the kid's a stud. But his concern seemed to be that if placed on the right side, you're inherently less appealing to NFL franchises. And that's not the case. With a lefty QB, any tackle will have the same opportunity to display his athleticism and talents as if he were on the left side.
The side of the line doesn't matter. Lineman can switch sides.
If the Dolphins had a lefty QB, Jake Long would switch to RT. you're overthinking things.
That was my first thought as well but I didn't know if blocking schemes would change, my knowledge of football isn't that vast so maybe Magnus or another coach on the board can shed some light.
Tackles can generally be used interchangeably to protect the blind side unless you find one that can't turn left.
And in fact, Jake Long began his Michigan career as a RT and later switched to LT.
Are we really worrying about 2016 already?
What should we do RIGHT NOW to address a qb who isn't even coming until 2 years from now?
Recruiting big offensive linenment right now. Ben Braden is 6'6 280 and will likely play left tackle at Rockford this year. But, he has played right tackle to this point. They are also targeting Jordan Diamond at 6'6 290 and Eric Olson at 6'6 270. Hoke wants to build a beefy offensive line, and with the way he is recruiting OL right now both the RT and LT are going to be big and strong. All of these offensive linemen will be playing LT in high school this year, but there is only one starting LT in college. Once they get on campus Hoke will know which fits better at LT and who he wants at RT keeping in mind he will likely have a left handed QB very soon. Thus, both sides will be solid pass blocking tackles.
After Shane Morris graduates in 2017 or 2018, we have no one to replace him... PANIC!!1!
Hoke's going to have the same problem when he recruits a left-footed field goal kicker. He'll have to recruit a field goal holder who can hold while on the LEFT hand side. What a tragedy!
Isn't Brendan Gibbons left-footed?
That's why he can't make any field goals because the field goal holder is a righty.
coaches generally plan for 5 years out. So yes, this is something which would be considered and possibly addressed at this point in time.
It won't hurt LT stock blocking on the right side. It does not matter what side a tackle is on as long as he is blocking the blind side. If you are the RT for a left-handed QB NFL scouts see that as a future left tackle.
That's my first thought, too. Linemen get moved to different positions all the time once they get drafted. Sometimes it's a position they never even had in college.
Technique and measurements are the key--if you are a prototypical weakside OL, that's where you will end up.
The technique and competition is the same. Because the opposing defense will essentially flip their defense and he will be facing their best DE anyway.
Wouldn't it just be easier to have Morris throw with his right hand?
If we just turn Morris around backwards and attach mirrors to his helmet then this problem is completely avoided. PROBLEM SOLVED
If you think about it, it's entirely logical because it would be damn near impossible for a DB to catch him staring down a receiver. BOOM LT problem solved.
Throws better with his right hand than most right-handed QBs do at his age.
Are all our o-line recruits right now tackles? Do we have anyone projected to play guard or center?
People can move from outside to inside. Height is occassionally an issue, and it's not as easy as every technique is the same, but most guards at the college level still played tackle at the high school level. Look at Schilling, he did pretty well. It will take some coaching and beef, but that is typical with most o-line recruits and shouldn't be too big of an issue going forward. I suspect both of the more unheralded o-line recruits to move inside eventually.
Left tackles on the left, right tackles on the right, and the ambidextrous tackle is the new "center".
Actually, there is Caleb Stacey, and I believe he's guard. Give the staff time - there will likely be a few, but I think by far the priority has been defense, both up front and the secondary.
This question gets asked a lot whenever anyone talks about lefties, and in the end it doesn't make much of a difference. Teams put their best pass rusher on the right side, or left if you are on offense, and are hesitant to flip them around on the odd occaision that they play a lefty QB, so it makes sense to keep the line as is to match up better man on man.
Jordan Diamond will do just fine protecting Morris' blind side.
Lets switch to the Wishbone !!
we could have a 2014 or 2015 true freshman RT start, or maybe even later. We'll also be installing prominent blocking TEs and could end up running numerous 2 TE sets to overpower other college front 7's and give Morris plenty of protection. Even if we end up taking 6 linemen in this class we still have the ability to take up to 4 more next year. If we had a superstar Jake Long clone RT in this class he'd play 2012-13-14 and 2015, if Morris redshirts and only starts his junior-senior seasons then he'd play 2016-17. We have years to worry about this. There's time.
With Jake Long Jr. locking down the left completely, Morris will be able to handle a little bit of a rush from his blind side.