Could true freshman Nassir Watkins help UK offensive line?

By LARRY VAUGHT

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran knows he’ll have to figure a way to replace senior left tackle Cole Mosier after his season-ending knee injury and believes he has at least four options.

“We can work back and forth between George (Asafo-Adjei), Landon (Young). Kyle (Meadows), who can switch over both sides. Naasir (Watkins) right now is just really has done a nice job athletically. Kind of reminds me of where Landon was last year.  So we definitely have some options there,” Gran said Tuesday.

Young is a sophomore who backed up Mosier last year and started games when Mosier was hurt. Meadows is the starting left tackle while Asafo-Adjei can play both guard and tackle. Watkins is a true freshman.

Gran said the experience got last year will be a huge benefit this season.

“It’s not going to be anything mind boggling to him. He’ll go out there and that stuff when you’ve got the bullets flying, I think he’ll be a much better player this year. You can already see it right now in practice,” Gran said.

The offensive coordinator said Young was able to understand the offense as a true freshman, something not all freshmen can do.

“He came out and competed a little bit in terms of just closed his mouth, went to work and took coaching. I think that’s the biggest thing right now with young kids. Are you coachable? He’s a very coachable young man and wants to get better every day,” Gran said.

Watkins has the same type athleticism as Young. He says the physical play in practice has not bothered Watkins

“I love where he’s at right now. He’s got a chance (to play). He really does,” Gran said.

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