#23 - Paula Vaipulu

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  1. ElCidBUZZingFAN

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    I agree. By and large, you pick your spots intelligently to play for the future. I'd rather have an experienced OL so playing freshman in our situation will reap plenty in the future.

    The other point though, which is what kicked off this sidebar, and it sounds as if we in agreement is - it's reasonable to expect we won't see a noticeable improvement in OL play next year, if we're leaning on a significant amount of freshman out there.
     
  2. aeromech

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    We have a $600K OL coach and a strength and conditioning coach everyone seems excited about. We should see an significant improvement in OL play next season. I am not saying they will magically be outstanding; but they should most definitely be improved.
     
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    Improvement? Sure. Significant improvement? Depends. Unless we have Jesus on staff, there is only so much they can do.
     
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  4. ElCidBUZZingFAN

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    For the older guys, sure...I think we should expect to see significant gains in play next year.

    For the babies, well...chances are they're gonna get a nasty introduction of what it's like to play against grown ass men.
     
  5. Flywheel

    Flywheel What year is it?

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    Is the OL going to be better next year? It depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is.
     
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    GTCrew Well, I'll be...

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    Dumb post. It is simply not possible for the OL to be worse. We have a transition to a new system shorthanded with players not suited to it and then have massive injuries hit. Saying the OL will be better is the easiest prediction in the history of predictions.
     
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    Flywheel What year is it?

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    Don't count on it. Most ol grad transfers are not even playing at their current school. There are not many Parker Brauns out there. Would be a major accomplishment to pick up a good ol on the transfer portal.
     
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    Not having 2 upper classmen lost for the season would be a quick and dramatic way to start an OL turnaround.
     
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    I could argue that even with the injuries the OL looks significantly improved over the course of the season. I don't think having an average OL next season is out of the question.
     
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    It is incredibly rare to play well on the OL as a freshman. It is rare to have the strength and to react to the speed and agility of defensive players. Even when you are the best your school has as a frosh and can start, you would likely be better served by a redshirt year of practice and strength and conditioning work.
     
  12. GTCrew

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    How so?

    Do you think a true sophomore falls behind a redshirt freshman?

    I disagree.
     
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  13. MidnightJacket

    MidnightJacket Varsity Lurker

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    Redshirting only makes sense if you have depth and upper classmen. Better to redshirt a Fr and play the Jr or Sr who doesn’t have the same potential. But if it’s a true Fr vs no one or a walk-on, let the Fr get the experience and learn on the job.