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Is he legitimately in the mix to start at LG? Would be quite impressive if both starting Gs were from the same high school/same class. Combined with the success of Tyrann Mathieu would make me thing that program is doing a lot right in developing talent?
would be inviting to a RB from that school
"In the SEC,you're a glorified run support guy.In the Big 12, you're a cover guy."-Bobby Burton asking why DBs go SEC
I think he is until Porter gets back. I think when Porter is back Josh might move to LG, and Porter will take over at Center. There has been alot of talk about JW being this years "utility" man.
I'd love to hear some others thoughts on this as well.
If I remember the scenario correctly, there was a stud OL we were recruiting from OOS who decided to go elsewhere, and that opened the spot for Jonah. I was really happy when the coaches extended that offer and he signed with us. Always thought he had a high ceiling, but it's so difficult to evaluate these young OL until they get into the fray and show what they can do. Some great HS OL just don't pan out in college, but that can be said for any position, I suppose.
I think that it would be best for there to be open competition at center.
Porter is NOT a proven center - he just happens to be the only returning player who has had any meaningful practice time at center.
let's see if williford or pocic can beat him out.
I agree with this sentiment.
Williford or Pocic would be relatively tall centers though? Both are listed at 6'6", which I'd guess means they are legit 6'4"+?
I dont think they have settled into what they want to do yet, so they are testing out options.
If Williford wins the starting center job over Porter (for whatever reason), I think Austin would line up at LG.
If Pocic wins a starting center job over Porter (for whatever reason), I think Williford would start at LG.
When Porter returns to the center spot, I see Williford moving in for Austin and taking the first-team reps at LG.
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
Shea, what have you heard about what is wrong with Porter?
Shea, do you think Williford is better than Austin? I thought Austin was really impressing people with his athleticism lately.
If he did not look so critical to the 2-deep at tackle this season, Pocic would be an excellent long-term solution at center. I wish Dodd or Boutte would have made it in for spring practice since either has the potential to become a dominant center without depleting our very limited supply of tackles. Can't see either winning the starting spot with only fall practice under their belt though.
was impressed with how much better Jonahs body looks than when he came out of st aug
Yea, he looks so much leaner right now than he did. The strides he has made has even surprised the staff some at how quickly.
I believe Jonah was originally a Houston commit. Wilson stayed on him, or probably more accurately he stayed on Miles and Studrawa to offer him. I'd hope the staff powers would defer to Coach Wilson when it comes to New Orleans kids even when they are lower rated kids. His track record speaks for itself.
I still give Williford the edge. He has logged starts at guard in three straight seasons, and experience goes a long way on the OL.
Now, Austin looks I'm great shape compared to where he was even a year ago. I think he can be an option on the inside or at RT. A solid prospect who can definitely provide relief in the two deep this fall.
all of williford's OL experience would go a long way to helping him make the calls at center, if he can get the technique down.
porter should not be handed the center job simply because he is the only one that stud has practiced there. porter needs to be challenged - he is as unproven as anybody as an SEC lineman.
This post makes a lot of sense to me, but the issue I could see with Williford playing center (provided he can get the technique squared away) is his height. You don't typically see a lot of 6 ft 7 centers even with a quarterback as tall as Mett.
ironically, a big part of porter's problem is that, as a former DT, he naturally squats so low that our tall QBs have difficulty getting low enough to receive the ball from porter. THEY then have to get lower and lower to reach under porter's butt for the ball. mett and rivers each lost the ball on a center/QB exchange from porter last year.
perhaps, we are not now as shy about taller centers than conventional wisdom would dictate.
note that e.pocic is 6'7" too and he has been getting reps at center from the first day of practice.
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