By LARRY VAUGHT
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran is glad George Asfao-Adjei played tackle as a true freshman in Kentucky’s offensive line but knows having to learn a new offense again this spring was not easy on him.
“You have to step back and you have to go forward. I think moving from inside to guard was huge. I think he can be somebody that can be really, really good for us at that position. I think it will help George, too. Then later on down the road, it might help him that he played some tackle. So I think that’s good for him, too, in the future,” Gran said.
So why move him to guard now?
“I think just because of the space part of it in there, when you’re in guard and you get help from that center and tackle. I think he’s better in that little smaller box than he is out on the edge,” Gran said. “Those are tough. Not that George isn’t a big guy, but you like maybe the longer arms, taller guys out there at the tackle position. I just think he feels more comfortable inside.”
He’s known as “Big George” for a reason.
“He’s nasty, his punch. That’s where you want to move it. You want the 300-, 320-pounder guys inside. You want the longer guys outside. That’s what you would really like in terms of what you’re gonna be facing in this league,” Gran said.