We had a chance after practice today to talk with UW offensive lineman Drew Schaefer and get his thoughts on a couple of different topics.
One obvious question was his thoughts on briefly trying left tackle before being moved back to center after the injury to Erik Kohler.
“Well it was an idea we kind of played around with a little bit,” he said. “During the summer (when) we did our team workouts, I had been taking reps at left tackle and was kind of comfortable with it, nothing new. It was unfortunate what happened to Kohler and it was an easy transition back inside having played two years. I just wanted to be prepared for it, it was better to be comfortable with it before the season started rather than two weeks into camp. Just the more time we had, the more repetition we can get, things will go smoother.”
Schaefer also gave his thoughts on the offensive line in general.
“I’ve been really pleased with the offensive line, from the point where we ended spring to the first week of camp,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of strides. Obviously (there’s) stuff we can work on, in terms of communication and playing together. I’m really happy with where we are at. When you look at the line right now, there’s me a senior, and then redshirt freshman, redshirt sophomores, and most of those guys don’t have much playing experience, this is a really crucial part for the offensive line to mold together
“. … Especially the tackles, Micah Hatchie and Ben Riva, I think are doing a lot better with their sets, they’re giving Keith a lot more time in the pocket, like I said Dexter Charles, he’s come a long ways and expect him to play this year. Even some of the freshman, Shane Brostek, he came in and started off on a great note and it’s unfortunate with his hand right now. But you just have to deal with it and keep moving forward.”
Schaefer also talked about taking on a role as a guest blogger with the CoachSark site, helping produce The Left Hand Stance entries.
You can see all of what Schaefer had to say in the video below:
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