March 22, 2007

Alex Linnenkohl--Redshirt Review

Although much of the time overlooked, coaches know that the offense is really
only as good as the play of the offensive line. And when they do receive praise
it is usually as a unit, not individually as is true with the skill position
players.


One player who looks to make a name for himself, as being an integral cog in
the offensive line is Alex Linnenkohl, from Olympia, Washington. Where
many players look to come in and play as true freshmen, most offensive lineman
utilize a redshirt year to add weight and adjust to the speed of the college
game, and Linnenkohl was no exception.


"I think that this redshirt year was very important for me and I used
it to really adjust to the difference in the speed of the game and the skill
levels of everyone on the field," said Linnenkohl."

(Practicing with
the) scout team every day had the biggest effect; it really helps you to adjust
and see how fast college football can be."


Linnenkohl is a versatile lineman that is skilled enough to play either guard
or center for the Beavers. He also has experience as a long snapper and could
fill-in in a pinch if needed. He has excellent footwork and is working on refining
his technique.



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