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It's time for him to develop some young talent. Lewis and Joeckel leaving will impact the unit as both positions are the most important in the OL.
The bad part about having a star studded OL is we don't know what we got behind the starting hogs. Spring should be an interesting time for our young OL. Who steps up? Cheek? Ifidi? Compton?
I think we'll be fine. Mike Matthews replacing Pat is not a loss at all imo. Someone will step up and hep out the loss of Luke. We'll be ok BUT, the OLine can't wait 'til mid season to "gell." Bama's early!
a four-year starter like Pat will not be so easy to replace. Mike didn't play a whole lot his freshman year either, and came in a bit small. IIRC, Pat was a state champion power lifter in HS as well.
I think Mike Matthews being able to watch the system and then having the same amount of time PLew had with first reps as center in this system this offseason will be great. Pair that with all the OL being in the system an extra year and going into next year with confidence will make up for the losses. You can't replace the individual talent of a guy like Joeckel overnight but as a whole the OL shouldn't miss a beat and continue progressing from the end of this year into next. I've got confidence in that group with both Matthews, Ced, Harrison and all the others competing for spots.
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