April 10, 2007

Jeanpierre will strengthen offensive line

Analysis and commentary by Keith Allsep.

What does Lemuel Jeanpierre have in common with former Gamecocks Na'Shan Goddard, Cedric Williams, Larrell Johnson, and C.J. Frye? The answer is that all of them began their college football careers as a defensive lineman, but later moved to the offensive line. This week the 6-foot-4, 295-pound redshirt sophomore will make the transition to offensive guard in a move designed to strengthen the offensive line and possibly give Jeanpierre not only a chance to become a starter, but the opportunity to play at the next level.

Earlier this spring, defensive line coach Brad Lawing felt that while Jeanpierre could be a solid player for the Gamecocks at defensive tackle, he could also develop into an NFL-caliber player on the offensive line. Beginning this week, the Orlando, Fla., standout who was a member of Steve Spurrier's first recruiting class will begin the transition to offense. Truth be told, it was believed at the time the Gamecocks signed Jeanpierre in 2005 that his ultimate destination would be offensive line. It was just a matter of when he would grow into the position. With his frame, Jeanpierre could still easily add another 20 pounds and play at 315 pounds one day.

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