Bruins had their first day of practice yesterday and the big news came out of the offensive line. There has been a shift and Dohn has the details:
The Bruins opened training camp Monday, two weeks after Sutherland was shifted from strong-side tackle to weak-side tackle, and redshirt freshman Aleksey Lanis was moved from strong to weakside.Sutherland is entrenched at weakside tackle, and Lanis leads Brian Abraham in the battle on the strong side.
"It doesn't matter to me, as long as I'm on the field," Lanis said. "And I'm with the ones right now."
Experience was a key factor in the switch. Although Sutherland played defensive line in 2004, he developed on offense and became a starter late last season. He followed that up by winning many of the offseason weight-lifting tests.
ARMANDO BROWN, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
And reportedly this is how stronger he has gotten over the offseason:
He continued to progress through the spring and the summer - "He won the weightlifting championship for us, was the fastest, strongest. That's pretty cool," strong guard Shannon Tevaga said.
And he is looking forward to the challenge of playing in open space more often, where he will be matched up with some of the best pass rushers in the Pac-10.
"The coaches want me to do it and think I can do it. I'm pretty excited about it. You're out there on your own a lot more, but I like that challenge and I'm up to it. I like that they trust me out there to get it done," said Sutherland. He has recorded a bench press of 465 pounds with a squat at 600 pounds and also has run the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds.
No updated depth chart on the website but based on Dohn's report this is what the offensive line depth chart look like today:
|78 Aleksey Lanis (6-6, 313, Fr.*)||71 Shannon Tevaga (6-3, 313 Jr.)(12)||54 Robert Chai (6-3, 285, Sr.*)(4)||60 Chris Joseph (6-5, 295, So.)||74 Noah Sutherland (6-5, 305, Jr*)(3)|
|68 Brian Abraham (6-6, 315, Jr)(9)||75 Nick Ekbatani (6-4, 290, So.)||51 Nathaniel Skaggs (6-4, 305, So.*)(1)||67 P.J. Ervin (6-5, 305, Jr.*)||66 Scott Glicksberg (6-4, 281, So.*)|
|70 Tony Lee (6-4, 295, So.*)||50 Aaron Meyer (6-2, 295, So.*)||58 Micah Reed (6-4, 303, So.*)||52 Chris Johnson (6-3, 291, So.*)|
|64 Brian Rubenstein (6-0, 220, Jr*)^||76 Justin Brown (6-6, 275, Fr.*)|
As Colletto noted to Kuwada in the OC Register today - Lanis who is probably the most heralded recruit from the class of 2005 - was switched over to ST so that he can get some help from the TE lining up next to him:
It will be interesting how Chai does at C. He started the last 4 games last year after McCloskey went down and did allright. Apparently Skaggs is going to push him pretty hard to get some time with the first team. Also Joseph is just getting healthy recovering from a knee surgery. The kid has had a hard time with nagging injuries since he arrived in Westwood. Hopefully he can stay healthy in 06.
On the other side of the ball new DC Walker is not too concerned about the lack of size in our defense:
"Look at Tampa Bay and Indianapolis, they have two defenses that are undersized by NFL standards," Walker said. "But every year they finish in the top 10 in overall defense. It shows that it's more of a scheme thing than talent."
In other big news of the day Dohn reports that Dorrell will most likely suspend Hale and Ward:
Both said the pleas were done to avoid extravagant court costs.
Several players said they didn't think Hale and Ward deserved to be suspended for the Sept. 2 opener against Utah, but that may be a moot point. Dorrell's track record is to suspend players for at least a game when involved in an arrest.
For more on first day of practice here is the official site which has 5 min interviews with KD and Kevin Brown. Sounds like Dorrell was impressed with freshmen Terrence Austin, Jake Dean, Chane Moline, Jeremy McGee and Sonny Tevaga. Per Dohn KD reportedly mentioned how Austin looked like a "veteran." Exciting stuff. Sure hope all the hype is justified. We are going to find out in 25 days.