March 10, 2011

Sophomore OL on the rise

Oregon's young offensive linemen are going to have a chance at playing time in 2011 following the graduation of four scholarship seniors. Three players from the class of 2009, now sophomores, are ready to make their mark.

In the first report in Duck Sports Authority's , we discussed the center position, including the outlook for sophomore Karrington Armstrong. Two of his classmates will be working to impress offensive line coach Steve Greatwood this spring, one a mammoth tackle, the other an improving guard.

Everett Benyard is a mountain of a young man, standing out even among his teammates on the line. At 6-foot-7, 315 pounds, lack of size is not an issue for the San Diego native. Coach Greatwood singled out the matter of mass when discussing Benyard's progress.

"Ev has got to get his strength up to where he can handle his size," stated Greatwood. "I have no question about Everett's desire to be a good player, a physical player. He goes hard when he's out there. He needs to continue to shed weight. Right now he hasn't gotten to the point he wants to be with his strength levels."

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