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April 22, 2008 at 9:43 AM

More on offensive line

The injury to Juan Garcia was obviously the big story yesterday.
I had a chance to talk with UW offensive line coach Mike Denbrock yesterday shortly before the news on Garcia’s injury was made official.
He said Garcia was hurt on a goalline play in Friday’s scrimmage
“There was a mess of bodies in there so it’s hard to really see on film what exactly happened,” he said. “But obviously something not so good.”
Denbrock obviously hopes Garcia can make it back for next season.
But it’s a reality of football that if one man goes down, someone else has to go in, so he said he’s that the Huskies will be able to replace Garcia if need be.
He said sophomore Matt Sedillo will be the center if Garcia is out, and while that could change, he likes what Sedillo has done.
“He’s just a real smart football player that understands the game,” Denbrock said. “He can kind of maneuver our blocking schemes around the way we would require anybody who plays center for us. He’s a good power player, he’s got good feet. He just needs experience.”
Denbrock said there was a chance a long-term loss of Garcia could led to some shifting of roles up front, though he wasn’t sure.
“We’re always going to work to get our best five guys on the field,” he said. “Right now, Matt’s got the most experience there (at center) so he’s a natural fit in there. So he’d go in there and do a very strong job and compete at a very high level. I’d feel confident with him. But we’ll look at all options available to us to put the best guys out there we can.”
Despite some talk that the defense has gotten the better of the offense at times — a seeming surprise given the disparity in the outside expectations of the two units — Denbrock said he thinks the offensive line has played well this spring.
“I think we’ve had a really good spring,” he said. “I really like the things that we are doing. We’ve had some continuation of the things we did last year and will continue to grow as a group and will be, I think, a strength of our football team.”
One bright spot has been the play of Jordan White-Frisbee at one guard spot in place of the injured Ryan Tolar — Tolar, by the way, is expected to be fine for the fall. Denbrock said White-Frisbee has done well enough to earn playing time in the fall.
“He’s a really, really good football player and he will be an anchor for what we are doing,” Denbrock said. “I think he’s really worked himself into the mix for very solid playing time. He continues to grow and progress. He’s been there (on the offensive line) about a year now and he just continues to grow every day and he’s just getting better and better.”
The spring has also provided some valuable playing time for a trio of redshirt freshmen who are now emerging as backups — tackles Mark Armelin and Skyler Fancher and guard Scott Shugert.
“They are coming along,” Denbrock said. “They are freshmen, so it’s tough on them sometimes. But I like everything about all three of those young guys. They are picking things up and really in a learning mode right now. As much as they heard it last year, they weren’t experiencing it as much on the field. Now they are getting a chance to see it from a whole different perspective and they are growing and they are going to be twice as good in the fall as they are in the spring.”



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