By LARRY VAUGHT
Freshman offensive tackle Landon Young has caught the eye of offensive coordinator Eddie Gran for pushing older players that are currently in front of him on the depth chart.
“When you have competition, then that’s what is going to make a better football team. And I think they’ve done a great job here of recruiting to make it so you do have competition,” Gran said Tuesday.
He says he’s not ready to jump on the Landon Young bandwagon so early into preseason camp.
“He’s got a lot going on with all the calls and everything, but boy you can see his athleticism. Saw a lot of toughness in him. It’s hard when the first couple days you go with no pads and then they put the pads on and you can just see he’s not backing down. He’s honing his craft, and I love that. He’s a good football player,” Gran said.
Gran also likes the competition at guard and says that could result in some players being moved to new positions. Already freshman Drake Jackson, who was slated to be a center, has been tried at guard.
“We’re gonna put guys out from guard maybe out to tackle, because you got to develop three our four tackles, so that’s what we’re gonna do in the next – Coach Schlarman’s doing that in some one-on-one drills and so forth. We’ll start adding those guards to go out to tackle in team drills where they can get some live stuff,” Gran said.