May 11, 2007

Spring review: offensive line

Ron Prince is known for his ability to coach offensive linemen, and it appears as if Kansas State will need its head coach to work at bit of his magic at the position before the Wildcats open up the 2007 season at Auburn. K-State has pieces up front, but the spring showed that the unit still has some work to be done.

The Good News: Prince likes versatile offensive linemen who can shift around and play multiple positions, something he has in this group. The star this spring was Jordan Bedore, a junior center who was easily the Wildcats' most consistent linemen. Bedore can also shift to guard if needed, which would allow converted defensive tackle Trevor Viers into the lineup at center, an idea Prince has mentioned. Derek Meyer worked and has experience at both guard and tackle, but he appears slotted for a spot at left guard as long as junior college transfer Alesana Alesana continues to make a smooth adjustment. Former guard Brock Unruh showed promise at right tackle, and K-State has experienced players like Caleb Handy and Logan Robinson to help fill the guard roles. Gerard Spexarth and Nick Stringer are two more experienced players who could find themselves at guard or tackle, helping to give Prince the numbers and versatility he covets. Plus, K-State has more help coming from the junior college ranks this fall.

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