By LARRY VAUGHT
Tate Leavitt was considered one of the nation’s best junior college offensive tackles last season. Landon Young was considered one of the nation’s best high school offensive tackles.
Yet when UK opens the season Saturday against Southern Mississippi the expected starting left tackle will be Cole Mosier, a former walk-on from Walton-Verona.
“I try to ignore it for the most part,” Mosier said when asked about the hype over UK’s newcomers. “I heard it a lot. I just try to do my job.
“I have been working a lot at tackle and I have been doing a lot of stuff in the offseason that has helped me make the transition. Now I feel like starting to get it down and be elite at it after also playing guard last year.”
He says there is a definite distinction between guard and tackle.
“At guard you didn’t really have to be fast. You just had to be strong because the guys were bigger and they just tried to bull rush you for the most part,” Mosier said. “At tackle, you have to have the speed. We work a lot on foot quickness.
“Last year transitioning guard to tackle I really didn’t know how to play tackle yet but now I have worked on it a lot and have figured out how to play.”