Soooooo… what are we to make of the offensive line with a week to go in spring practice? Here’s what Smart had to say in general after yesterday’s scrimmage:
On the flexibility and depth of the offensive line…
“Hard to measure as a whole in the spring. I would reserve judgment on the day until I see it. There was some pressure inside and I don’t know if there were guys getting beat or guys making mistakes. I don’t know which one it was. There were a couple of times where it was a tough call on if it was a sack. We’re obviously not live and we’re trying to judge that in-game speed. The depth I hope is there. Traditionally we’ve had really good depth on the offensive lines. I can’t say that it’s any better or worse. We got who we got and I think we got one more young man coming in terms of offensive line in the fall. The beauty is that we got guys out there that are getting better and competing each day. We’ll see where we are. We certainly have not arrived or where we need to be”
And here’s a specific about the critical left tackle position:
“Left tackle—Truss has played there the most and has worked there the most. He’s continuing to work. He’s gotten better. With him so much of it is communication, demeanor, body language, fight and he’s improved in all of those areas. Very pleased with where he’s headed and what he’s doing. The competition is there. We’ve got guys competing. Jamaree’s taking reps there. So have Broderick (Jones) and (Amarius) Mims. Those guys will battle. Broderick and Mims are both working right and left. But that’s a spot again that’s always going to be open. Truss is getting most of the reps there until we figure out who the best five are.”
Yeesh. I’m sure some of that is nothing but coachspeak, but some of that appears to be a genuine befuddlement about where the starting five is coming from. I hope “We got who we got” is an affirmation of weeding through boat loads of recruiting talent as opposed to a more mundane “deal with it, folks”.
Needless to say, this should make for an interesting G-Day topic.