April 25, 2007

Offensive line unsettled

Analysis and commentary by Keith Allsep.

Entering spring practice one of the major offensive goals was to solidify the offensive line, in particular the three inside positions. Following 15 practices and heading into the summer, at least two of those positions are up for grabs, and there will be some new additions to the offensive line when fall camp opens in August. In today's report, we take a post-spring look at the offensive line and a couple of possible position moves that could be made by head coach Steve Spurrier to shore up the position.

The offensive line is anchored by returning starters Jamon Meredith at left tackle and Justin Sorensen at right tackle. Meredith, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound redshirt junior from Simpsonville, S.C., has started the last 17 games for the Gamecocks, 12 at right tackle and five at the left tackle position. Sorensen was inserted into the starting lineup in the second half of the Vanderbilt game and did not allow a sack the remainder of the season. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound redshirt junior could stand to lose a few pounds and continue to work on his foot speed and quickness, but there can be no doubt that he knows his assignments and plays within his ability.

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