April 7, 2010
RUSTON, La. - As the Louisiana Tech football team works through its first spring practice season with new head coach Sonny Dykes, LATechSports.com will be taking a look at the progress of various positions on the team. Seventh in this series of installments is a look at the offensive line with veteran offensive line coach Pete Perot.
Returning five starters and boasting the most experienced group on the team, the offensive line should be a well-oiled machine entering the 2010 season and for most of spring ball, they have looked that way.
Guiding this experienced line is a veteran of the game, offensive line coach Pete Perot, who is in his third decade with the Louisiana Tech program.
Rob McGill anchors a line that has seven players that have seen their name in the starting line-up in numerous games as Tech boasts an offensive line that has youth with considerable experience.
"We have guys that have played a lot of games for us in the last few years and then we have guys that played a good bit last year, getting game experience in four or five games," said Perot. "The thing we hope and feel like we have at this point is some depth where we haven't had as much depth at this time in years past."
McGill, a two-time all-WAC second team honoree leads the way for the offensive line this spring and it is his experience and leadership that the rest of the offensive line is looking to for guidance.
"Rob is a leader for us," Perot said. "He has been a second team all-conference player for us the last couple of years and we are looking for some big things from him. This is senior year and hopefully he has a big year and helps us win a championship."
Head coach Sonny Dykes echoed Perot's sentiments about McGill.
"Rob McGill has been the guy who has been the steadiest for us," said Dykes. "We moved him over to left tackle [this spring], making a position change. We felt like he would be a little bit better on the left side and he adjusted real well. He had some experience playing there last year and I thought he's done a lot of good things [today]. Those guys have played as a group and I have really been impressed with them, especially the second offensive line group. Those guys have been really solid and I think we have eight to 10 pretty good options on the offensive line, which is pretty good."
"We moved Cudahy back up and moved Rob McGill back over to left tackle," explained Perot. "We are experimenting in different places. The kid that has done a really good job the times he has been out there is Kris Cavitt. He has a chance; he is a good athlete with good feet and balance. He just needs a little more experience but he does have a little game experience. Hopefully he will be another guy that will help us and back up the starting line."
Cavitt joins a group of younger players, such as Kevin Saia, Stephen Warmer and Jordan Mills, who all have experience in a handful of games and who have proven their toughness on the field. Those younger players that already have game experience give added depth to the offensive line.
"Kevin Saia is doing a really good job," Perot said. "Actually, he is doing a lot better job in the pass protection than I think he thought he could do and I thought he could do. He has done a really good job of picking up the scheme and how we are teaching technique. Steven Warner is doing a good job as well; he is a big strong kid that is from right here in Ruston. Jordan Mills probably hasn't had as good a spring up to this point as we expected him to. Hopefully in the next five practices he will do a good job, work through the summer and finish strong for us."
Fans don't have to wait until the T-Day Spring Game to get their first glimpse of Tech's offensive line in action as all practices are open to the public. Bulldog fans are encouraged to attend the next practice, which will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 at Joe Aillet Stadium. The T-Day Spring Game is slated for noon on Saturday, April 10 at Joe Aillet Stadium.
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