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    Re: Offensive line depth a sign of program development

    Good stuff Chris



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    Re: Offensive line depth a sign of program development

    Nice article.

    I think another factor that really helped us get to six wins this year, that I don't know has been discussed much, is the fact we had TWO bye weeks in the schedule.

    For a team with little room for injuries or error, not having to run the 12 week straight gauntlet is probably a bigger benefit to ISU than other programs.

    When the schedule first came out, I was not thrilled that the KSU game was moved to December, but I think I like it now and getting another week off will be helpful for us.



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    Re: Offensive line depth a sign of program development

    Really appreciated the article, Chris. It is a sign of the program's development--and there's more to come!

    I've been wondering with Osemele graduating, whether they would be satisfied with Bykowski and/or Lichtenberg on the opposite side from Burris. The latter's injury certainly offered a great deal of opportunity, not only for the former pair to improve, but for the coaches to evaluate their progress.

    On the one hand, the two have done well. On the other, that trio represent the only experienced tackles that ill Bliel has--and two of them will be seniors. Nothing against Dagel and Lalk, but I'm not sure that they'd be ready to go in a pinch next Fall.

    Which explains why the staff is having Chris Grisbhy visit in January. Compete for a starting job, and even if he doesn't win it, in '13 he and Lichtenberg are a bridge to the younger players.


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    Re: Offensive line depth a sign of program development

    Great article CW. I am really looking forward to seeing what the OLine can do when they are near 100% healthy in the bowl game. Look out Rutgers Dline, we are coming for you!



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    Re: Offensive line depth a sign of program development

    Quote Originally Posted by Aclone View Post
    Really appreciated the article, Chris. It is a sign of the program's development--and there's more to come!

    I've been wondering with Osemele graduating, whether they would be satisfied with Bykowski and/or Lichtenberg on the opposite side from Burris. The latter's injury certainly offered a great deal of opportunity, not only for the former pair to improve, but for the coaches to evaluate their progress.

    On the one hand, the two have done well. On the other, that trio represent the only experienced tackles that ill Bliel has--and two of them will be seniors. Nothing against Dagel and Lalk, but I'm not sure that they'd be ready to go in a pinch next Fall.

    Which explains why the staff is having Chris Grisbhy visit in January. Compete for a starting job, and even if he doesn't win it, in '13 he and Lichtenberg are a bridge to the younger players.
    Worrying that the roster in two seasons only has one tackle currently with starting experience- another sign of how far the development of the program has come.

    Looking back two years ago, Burris was getting abused as an undersized freshman, Bykowski had yet to play OL, Lichtenberg redshirting as a true freshman, our starting center was in high school, starting LG redshirting and recovering from knee surgery, etc.



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    Re: Offensive line depth a sign of program development

    We have a lot of good talent returning, seems like the program is really headed in the right direction!



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    Re: Offensive line depth a sign of program development

    Hope we can cut down the false starts next year.


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    Re: Offensive line depth a sign of program development

    Thanks for the article CW, enjoyed it.


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    Re: Offensive line depth a sign of program development

    Great article Chris. I love the O line depth and the depth overall in all our positions. I think you said it before in previous years with all these injuries our season would probably be over.



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