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February 21, 2007 at 12:07 AM

Coach speak, volume four

Here’s our latest installment of Husky coaches reviewing the team by position.
In this post, offensive coordinator Tim Lappano reviews the offensive line:
CAN YOU ASSESS THE STATE OF THE OFFENSIVE LINE? WHY NOT BEGIN WITH THE RETURNING STARTERS?
Lappano: You have to start with (center) Juan Garcia. He is the leader of that group, a tough guy. He just loves Husky football and he’s worked hard. We all know his story and it’s a good story. He was pretty consistent last year so we think we are in pretty good shape with him at center.
At tackle we have both guys returning. (Left tackle) Ben Ossai was a guy that we got after him sometimes last year, but you’ve got to remember he was a redshirt freshman and that’s a hard job out on that edge against some of the pass rushers in this league. But I think he’s got tremendous upside. He’s got to be a little more focused in practice and games but he’s got a lot of talent. He’s a big guy out there that’s pretty athletic and we can just see him getting bigger and faster and stronger and better every year.
On the right side, Chad Macklin’s a guy that works hard in the weight room and is a great kid. He’s another leader next to Garcia and he’s a senior now so he should be a leader. He has to get stronger and has to make sure he always works to make himself a better athlete. And he’s got to make sure he can get a little bit more physical, but he knows that.
WHAT ABOUT THE BACKUPS AT TACKLE?
Behind Ossai, Aaron Mason did a great job during the season and he also did a great job academically. He did a great job getting stronger and I really liked his aggressiveness when we scrimmaged the week of the Apple Cup. We saw some things I don’t think anybody knew he had. He had a mean streak and he got after some guys legally and physically, so we love his ability to compete physically and his toughness was nice to see. He’s still got to get stronger and he’s doing that. He knows that.
Cody Habben is a guy who has a lot of upside. He’s been even better than advertised. He’s a really good athlete, he understands angles and leverages well and he’s an extremely hard worker in the weight room. He’s one of those guys that loves to come up here and watch film all the time. I think he’s going to challenge our two starting tackles …quot;– he’s that good for a young guy.
HOW ABOUT THE OTHER BACKUPS?
Morgan Rosborough is backing up Macklin and he’s a guy with a lot of athleticism. The problem he has is to manage his weight and keep his weight down. When he can get down to 330 or 340 he can help this football team and he’s got to understand that. He could be a starter if he can manage his weight. But he’s really an athletic kid and that’s why we recruited him.
Erik Berglund is another good athlete who has to get more reps and experience. He’s a tough guy who likes to play but just hasn’t had a lot of experience.
HOW ABOUT THE GUARD SPOTS, WHERE YOU LOSE BOTH STARTERS FROM A YEAR AGO IN STANLEY DANIELS ON THE LEFT SIDE AND CLAY WALKER ON THE RIGHT?
At left guard there’s Ryan Tolar. He’s probably not as athletic as Cody Habeen which is why he’s an inside guy. He’s powerful and has tremendous lower body strength. He’s a powerful guy who can move the pile. That’s why we recruited him.
And he’s like Habben in that he’s up here all the time watching film. Those guys are like the QBs — they love the film room.
Matt Sedillo was a true freshman last year that we like. Again, he’s competitive and tough but he’s a guy who has to get bigger, faster, stronger. He did a good job on the scout team this year and he’s going to be a good football player.
At right guard, Casey Bulyca is a big, powerful guy. He’s probably our biggest linemen, but we want to make sure that we keep his weight down where it’s supposed to be, keep him flexible and able to play with better leverage. When he plays with leverage and gets into you, it’s over. He’s probably the strongest guy on our football team. His teammates call him Bull and they call him that for a reason because he’s a big, powerful man.
I should also mention Ryan Bush, who is backing up at center. He just needs to keep his weight down.
Overall, we’ve got some big, strong, powerful guys inside that can move the pile.
SO DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT OVERALL?
I do. I think we’ve got the makings of a good front out there. I love the attitude of the guys. They are all workers, they all want to be good, studying film and all that, and that’s half the battle. I think they are in pretty good shape. There was a need for some (depth) there and I think we’ve addressed that (the last few years) and something we addressed in recruiting, as well. But it’s still an area of concern just as far as making sure we have enough numbers.

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