Doin’ the o-line shuffle

Reading Anthony Dasher’s take on who Matt Luke goes with as the left tackle in 2020 — he suggests keeping an eye on Salyer — makes me wonder how much re-arranging we should expect on the line this season.

I’m not simply talking about new faces because of who’s left for the NFL.  I’m wondering how many bodies, like Salyer’s, wind up in different places than where they were.  I think Cleveland stays at right guard, but I’ve seen speculation about Hill being moved from center.

If there’s ever a time for shaking things up, it’s after a change at position coach and the departures of three starters.  How far do you think Luke goes?

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  1. However far he takes it, I hope it’s got cohesion by the time we show up in Tuscaloosa.

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      Exactly. It is interesting to think about because it is the off-season, but I have no idea who can really do what. It seems to me we recruited a multi-star (4?5?) center from Alabama and it might be time for him to shine, and let Trey do something else. But mainly I hope that Luke and Monk get together and pick the best line up for the system we are going to run which is another concern. May need some people who can pull and run as compared with pancakers.

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      • spur21

        I have faith in both The Monk and his disciple Luke to create the best OL they can. We have an abundance of quality candidates.

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        • Will Adams

          This is the first time in my life I feel like the OL will, at the very least, not be a liability after an off-season with this much attrition. It’s too bad Pittman left but I believe Luke is a darn good OL coach and he’ll have the line ready by the time we roll into Tuscaloosa. Let’s hope we have a good spring, summer, and fall camp without a visit from the injury bug.

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  2. It’s the balancing act of getting the 5 best players on the field vs. the 5 guys who work best together. I also think that with Mays you had a guy that could plug any hole up front because of his versatility – so some cross training of the young guys to other positions on the line is probably in order to prep for inevitable injuries.

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  3. Argondawg

    LT Salyer
    LG Hill/ Shaeffer
    C Webb/Hill
    RG Cleveland
    RT Truss

    This is just a shot in the dark.

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    • Mike Cooley

      So Webb is still on the team? Not that I wanted him gone I just wasn’t sure.

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    • I haven’t gone back and watched the full Sugar Bowl again with a focus on the offensive line, but I thought Warren Ericson held up fairly well in Cleveland’s absence and the move of Pinky Jr. to left tackle in place of Thomas. Your combination is as good as any, but it seems that Luke saw something in Ericson during bowl preparations.

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      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        Ericson did very on not that many prior reps in a game. Apart from kind of a dumb-young-kid penalty I liked everything else I saw.

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  4. UGA '97

    beauty of this schedule is bama aint gettin too much game tape

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  5. Rocketdawg

    LT-Salyer
    LG-Shaffer or Hill
    C-Hill or Webb (assuming he is ready)
    RG-Cleveland
    RT-Truss/McClendon/Jones

    We have enough capable bodies, it’s a matter of finding the best 5.

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