Posted by Big Ron on August 10, 20 at 08:56:01:
In Reply to: Something to track... posted by cudevil on August 07, 20 at 18:45:24:
I don't expect many of these kids to grow much larger than 305-310. But that would be an improvement over today's roster of relatively short and light P5 college linemen. Not all the linemen need to be mammoth. The LT can be a 6-7 305 "power forward" because he will be spending most of his time dueling with speed rushers. Optimum Centers go in the 6-4 300 range because they are expected to engage LBs and pull in gap blocking schemes. But the guards must be big enough to move large DTs and NTs. The right side should be large enough to allow ASU to feature an effective running game. (The Minnesota right side is an unbelievable combined 13-2 750 lbs. They were HS teammates at IMG Academy in Florida.)
To me, Bama is the gold standard of offensive lines. They recruit naturally big athletes, then harden their bodies and train the hell out of them on technique. I love this photo, 680 lbs of blocking demonstrating perfect stance and arm position. ASU is nowhere near this level - yet.
Alabama's Evan Neal (another IMG recruit) is a naturally massive man. Look at his muscle definition at 360 lbs. That is a BIG guard that is athletic enough to pull ahead of an RB. We still have not recruiting anything like Mr. Neal.
Compare Alabama linemen to Cohl Cabral. Cohl is a natural 291 lb linemen. He tried to bulk up, but it was not a good weight gain. The extra 13 pounds did him no good. We have seen this before with ASU linemen in recent years.
This is why it drives me nuts when people post about a ASU coaching preferring a light line when they mean athletic. Edwards would take Alabama's 340/360 lb athletic OGs in a minute. Before I hear "But Eno was able to . . .", people should study film to see how few clean running lanes Eno had to work with and how many times initial contact was behind the line of scrimmage. The kid had great vision and balance and was tough enough to block for himself.
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