March 19, 2007

Insider Report: OL is mean and really lean

The new OL: Lean and mean (By Gene Williams,

With four new offensive coaches on staff, it's not surprising that most of the attention this spring has been on that side of the football. The new group of coaches have brought a lot of changes to their respective units, but nowhere has that more evident than on the offensive line.

Well before practice even started, offensive line coach Rick Trickett implemented some fundamental changes for his unit. A new premium on conditioning and reducing body fat was placed on the linemen and after just a couple months they have made significant progress. In fact, Trickett estimates that as a group, the offensive line has lost a combined 176 pounds since he arrived in January.

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