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Position Previews: The Schlarman Nine, Previewing the Offensive Line

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Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman has quietly constructed a formidable position group. The Schlarman Nine includes his starting five rotation plus four pivotal reserves. Going into fall camp, the Wildcat OL was considered Shannon Dawson’s most consistent group. That pre-camp assumption proved to be accurate. Up front, the Wildcats average size is 6’5 314 pounds and have 89 collective starts under their belt, the 15th most returning starts in college football.

Starters

Right Tackle-George Asafo-Adjei 6’5 325 true freshman, 0 starts. This rookie can flat out play the game of football. He’s also established himself as a team leader within a short period of time. George assumed his starting role when junior tackle Kyle Meadows missed a portion of camp due to migraines. He’s not relented. Right tackle is the best position for a true freshman offensive lineman to play.

Right Guard-Ramsey Meyers 6’4 320 sophomore, 12 starts. In 2014, Ramsey solidified his position and hasn’t looked back. Meyers’ experience will benefit right tackle Asafo-Adjei. His strengths include double team blocking and drive blocking, plus releasing downfield to clear a path during screen plays.

Center-Jon Toth 6’5 310 junior, 23 starts. Jon is the anchor of the offensive line and provides a consistent presence for the group. Highly intellectual, yet can move mammoth nose guards due to his understanding of leverage and technique.

Jon Toth is the anchor, and 2014's Offensive MVP. (Big Blue Insider)

Jon Toth is the anchor, and 2014’s Offensive MVP. (Big Blue Insider)

 

Left Guard-Zach West 6’4 305 senior, 30 starts. The old man of the unit, Zach has played a great deal of football for the Cats. He had an exceptional game against South Carolina in 2014. Untimely injuries have somewhat hampered his career. West is now healthy as Coach Schlarman is counting on his experience and consistency.

Left Tackle– Jordan Swindle 6’7 309 senior, 24 starts. Moving from right to left tackle is not an easy transition. From all accounts, Jordan’s move has been effective. Optimal size for a LT, Swindle will be called upon to protect Patrick Towles’ blind side.

Key Reserves-Nick Haynes 6’3 308 sophomore OG, 1 start. Kyle Meadows 6’5 298 sophomore RT, 1 start. Cole Mosier 6’5 335 sophomore G/T, 2 starts. Zach Meyers 6’3 300 junior OG, 1 start.

Projection

The Schlarman Nine is an efficient group with sufficient skill to accelerate 2015 offensive production. Three key reserves are vital due to their versatility. Mosier, Haynes, and Meadows are capable of starting and playing every OL position other than center. LT Jordan Swindle was named to the preseason All SEC 3rd team. Expect a more physical unit due to player development and familiarity. Due to his age and lack of experience, Asafo-Adjei will be tested early by opposing defenses. Having the steady Ramsey Meyers beside him will help.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

7 Comments for Position Previews: The Schlarman Nine, Previewing the Offensive Line



  1. fatbrat
    8:34 pm August 27, 2015 Permalink

    SDS has UK ranked at 11th at 304lbs average and 7th at 6’5″ in SEC. AT 314 they would have the 4th heaviest line in the conference. When was the last time UK averaged over 300 across the board?



  2. joe
    8:48 pm August 27, 2015 Permalink

    I didn’t know Matt was a stupid Dem.



  3. Tej
    9:03 pm August 27, 2015 Permalink

    An experienced OL is so important. It looks like we will have that plus some depth..
    Ignore #2.



  4. Brent
    9:07 pm August 27, 2015 Permalink

    Hate to tell ya but if Matt is gone it is the end of ksr. Ratings will significantly drop. I’ve tried listening when he goes on vacation and cant do it unless Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg or Matt Mitchell is hosting.Its just terrible otherwise. With that said good luck.



  5. Dano
    11:23 pm August 27, 2015 Permalink

    Ummm am I th only one that has little confidence that Mr False Start Missed Block is protecting Towles blind side? Maybe Couch can tell him about his rookie year with the Browns to prep him for game day. M



  6. Jarvis Redwine
    7:49 am August 28, 2015 Permalink

    There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between a mainstream republican and a mainstream democrat. The choice is between authoritarian/statist and freedom/liberty. Partisanship is ruining the country.



  7. clancyhat
    12:09 pm August 28, 2015 Permalink

    what about Stallings – anyone know ??