Junior offensive lineman Erik Kohler had been easing his way back into the rotation on Washington offensive line for the past few weeks. Then starting left guard Dexter Charles went down with a shoulder injury against Oregon, and Kohler was thrust back into action for the first time in more than a year.
“It was an unfortunate circumstance with Dexter, but that’s what every O-lineman is trained to do, to go in at any time, at any moment,” Kohler said. “It felt good to play again.”
Kohler injured his knee at LSU in September 2012 and missed the rest of the season. He then “almost” broke a bone, as he described it, in his left foot this past summer, leaving him in a walking boot until late September.
Now, he said, he’s “feeling pretty good. Just getting back into everything and getting my confidence back and just getting in playing shape again.”
If Charles is unable to play against Arizona State on Saturday, Kohler will likely get the nod for his first start since that LSU game.
“I’ll go where they put me. Doesn’t matter where,” said Kohler, who started 20 straight games from 2010-12, mostly at right tackle.