March 29, 2007

Youth movement at guard

If offensive line coach John Latina had his way, the competition at guard among the sophomores vying for a starting job/playing time would resemble a horse race with the contenders exchanging the lead down the backstretch.

"What you really hope for is that every day, there are changes," said Latina, who is overseeing the battle among Dan Wenger, Matt Carufel and Eric Olsen, along with the rest of the offensive line candidates.

"One guy shines one day, he moves up, and hopefully the guy he moved past has enough competitiveness about him that he comes back the next day and tries to regain that particular spot.

"There will be a lot of juggling throughout the spring. That's healthy competition and that makes it a healthy situation for the team."

From what the media has been allowed to see, it's Wenger and Carufel who mainly have been working at right guard to replace Bob Morton while Olsen has spent most of his time at left guard behind Mike Turkovich, who moves into the slot vacated by Dan Santucci.

But whichever of the three sophomore guards proves better equipped will land the right guard slot.

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