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September 3, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Kelemete looking forward to first start at left tackle

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Of the many subplots in tomorrow’s game. one of the more subtle is the first start for Senio Kelemete (pictured right) at one of the most important positions — left tackle.
The junior started last year at guard before making the move to tackle in the spring, and has performed so well in the run-up to the season that UW coach Steve Sarkisian has taken to referring to him as an “all-conference player,” — often not even making the qualifier that he has yet to earn those honors.
It appeared for a while as if this might not be the optimum beginning for Kelemete when he suffered a high ankle sprain midway through camp. But he returned to practice over the weekend and has appeared to have little trouble this week.
“It lingers every once in a while,” he said. “But I can play with it. It’s not somethinig that I have to pull myself out for or anything.”
And while he has now played left tackle for about 44 spring and fall practices, Kelemete said he still feels a little bit of anxiouness about his first career start at that spot.
“I want to be able to get that first hit out of my way as a left tackle, because you know it’s a lot different inside than playinig outside,” he said. “Especially (with it being) Jake’s (Locker) blind side. I want to make sure he is having a great time and having fun and doesn’t get hit and that I’m doing my job and everyone is doing their job and having a great time on the field.”


Coaches moved Kelemete to left tackle in part for his smarts, his ability to recognize what the defense is playing.
That facet of his game will be put to an immediate test by a BYU defense that likes to try to confuse its foes, often lining up in a 3-4, then moving up a linebacker to essentially make it a 4-3, and other similar tactics.
“They try to mess with your mind,” Kelemete said. “They try to bring their linebackers, shift around, play a lot of 3-4 defesee but also change into an under or over defense and turn it into a regular 4-3 defense. So they will try to mess with your mind and switch guys around. But basically it’s the same thing, a 3-4, no matter what.”
UW offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier agreed this week that recognizing what BYU is doing will play a key role in Saturday’s game.
“They give you a bunch of different looks,” he said. “They jump in and out of that odd front into even fronts, and they bring pressure from all over the place, and their kids play very, very hard and tough and physical. It’s going to be a tough test for us.
“They deploy so many multiple defensive sets that you’ve really got to be aware of where they are and what they are doing. They will jump in and out of that odd front and overloard pressure you from one side or the other and you cant really pin down on one exact thing they are trying to do.”
Nussmeier said having an experienced QB such as Locker should help, but that it is also up to the linemen to recognize fronts, as well.
“We have to do a great job of making sure our front is coordinated with the quarterback in protection and do a great job in the running game to get an identification to where we are going,” he said.
Kelemete says he thinks the OL is up to the task, saying it wants to prove to doubters that the UW offense is more than just a bunch of good skill players.
“We want to show all those games that we didn’t finish (last year) that we can get the job done up front,” he said. “We’e just got to finish our blocks and just play with better pad level than we did before.”

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