August 17, 2010

Video: Big Barrent on display in line drills

(jim c is adding photo, as of 10:35 pm)

EAST LANSING - Redshirt freshman offensive tackle David Barrent was among the young players in the Michigan State program who looked good during the first week of practice.

Barrent, a former Top 250 national recruit out of Clive, Iowa has taken reps as a second-string left tackle and right tackle in fall camp, behind senior LT D.J. Young and senior RT J'Michael Deane.

"He's a bright guy," Michigan State offensive line coach Dan Roushar said of Barrent. "He's a very smart kid. He is probably going to go in that 305 range at about 6-foot-8. He has lost some weight to take some stress off of his back."

Barrent missed most of last fall and two-thirds of spring practice with injuries. But he has shed some baby fat and added some muscle to his huge frame since April.

"Him not going through spring drills for the full time that we were out there I think slowed his progress a little bit," Roushar said. "But I will be anxious to watch his development as we go through."

The SpartanMag.com video at right (and linked below) includes one offensive line drill in which Barrent, big No. 79, is shown, giving MSU fans a first look at his impressive stature.

With Jared McGaha and Zach Heuter also getting repetitions at right tackle, many observers expect Barrent to end up as the No. 2 left tackle heading into the season. Provided that the starting offensive tackles stay healthy this season, Barrent will get a valuable year of experience up with the two-deep, at the least, in 2010.

Other players shown in this video include true freshman offensive linemen

No. 65 Michael Dennis, No. 70 Skyler Schofner, No. 63 Travis Jackson and No. 54, impressive walk-on Conner Kruse, as well as sophomore starter Chris McDonald. (No. 62)

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