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Position Capsule: Offensive Line

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:43 PM

Position Capsule: Offensive Line 


Northwestern loses three starters up front, but that's nothing to worry about. There's plenty of young talent waiting for a chance. http://northwestern.scout.com/2/1259710.html
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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:30 PM

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Interesting article.  Wondered why no mention of Matt Frazier at guard?  Based on his experience at RG I would think he is a strong contender at either the right or left guard with Mogus on the other guard spot.  I think Mertz and Konopka will be tackles but with Mertz on the right and Konopka on the left based on experience.  Vitabile will of course return as center.  

Thanks for your insight Chris and would love to know your thoughts.

Go Cats !
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:19 PM

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No doubt, Frazier has a chance to compete on the offensive line. Most of my thoughts are formed by what I've gathered from practice and conversations in the program. However, I have been impressed with Matt thus far.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 8:23 AM

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Jorgensen would compete for a tackle spot too, correct?


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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:07 AM

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LGIPurple wrote: Jorgensen would compete for a tackle spot too, correct?

Absolutely.  Don't know why he would be left out of an article on the offensive line.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:36 AM

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I agree Jorgeson can definitely be a contender on the line this year. He and Frazier should be in the discussion when it comes to the O line.  The good news: there is lots and lots of depth for the 2013 season on the O line.  I feel Jorgeson as well as Frazier and Mogus have experience that can help them have an edge on some of the younger guys.  I am really anxious to finally see the SS Mertz in action, the kid is a beast.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 9:47 AM

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purple2011 wrote: I agree Jorgeson can definitely be a contender on the line this year. He and Frazier should be in the discussion when it comes to the O line.  The good news: there is lots and lots of depth for the 2013 season on the O line.  I feel Jorgeson as well as Frazier and Mogus have experience that can help them have an edge on some of the younger guys.  I am really anxious to finally see the SS Mertz in action, the kid is a beast.
Disagree with you to a point.  We do not have a lot of demonstrated depth along the offensive lines, though we do appear to have plenty of candidates for playing time -- these are two separate and distinct instances.  Of the returning linemen, only Vitabile and Konopka have seen extensive time and only Jorgensen, Mogus, and Frazier have really seen the field in any capacity.

Not sure where your conclusion about Mertz comes from.  Though he definitely looks the part, he hasn't played a single snap in a game situation.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:21 AM

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I hear what you are saying.  Yes, not demonstrated 'on field' depth as far as Olson, Di Pietro and Park are concerned, but the potential is definitely there.   I see them in roles that will gain them some on field  experience this year.  IMO Jorgeson, Frazier and Mogus have some on field experience that will give them an edge to gain a starting position in addition to their strength and ability.

Yes, Mertz looks the part and I look forward to seeing him in action.
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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:33 AM

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At this point I'm thinking the OL starters will be, from left to right: Konopka, Mogus, Vitabile, Frazier, Jorgenson. I can't see Mertz beating out Jorgy yet, wasn't he injured a good part of the year?
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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:48 AM

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Mertz has been injured the better part of the past two years.
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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:51 AM

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This year's redshirts all had very impressive offers. I had forgotten that Scout had DiPietro as a four star and that he had an offer from Michigan State among his 11 offers. Olson had an offer from Michigan. While I have heard great things about Mogus, Mertz, and Frazier, the young guys might push them a bit. Spring practice will be important for allowing the starters and their backups to gain a feel for playing with each other. I have to think the talent is there for the OL to be very good, but that experience and teamwork, so essential on the OL, will be an issue early on. I look to Konopka's improvement over the past season as a promising indication of what we might have by the end of the next season on our OL.
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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:47 PM

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Couple things here:

1) Though their offers were comparable, I get the feeling that Olson is a bit further away from contributing than DePietro or Park from a size and strength perspective

2) Spring practice isn't really the time for starters to jel -- it's more of a time to find out what you have in the younger guys.  I would therefore doubt that Vitabile plays much at all and Konopka only sparingly (unless he flips sides to LT, in which case he needs to take a bunch of snaps to become more accustomed to the change).
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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:44 PM

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The good thing about flipping Konopka from RT to LT is that Patrick Ward made that switch this past season very successfully, so hopefully Konopka also makes a smooth transition.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Park and DePietro in the mix as the season progresses.  Hopefully Mertz can stay healthy enough to show what he can do too.
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