August 13, 2008

ASI Insider: Freshman OL earns Trickett's respect

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True freshman surprises Trickett (By Gene Williams,

Through the first five practices of preseason camp, Rick Trickett has been surprisingly optimistic about his offensive line. Considering he lost three starters to graduation, and a projected starter to a blood clot, you might think that the 'Noles' second-year OL coach would be as gruff as ever about his young and inexperienced unit. But to the contrary, he has been almost cheerful at times.

"We aren't as good as we need to be but it's better than I thought it was going to be," Trickett said. "They are all smart guys and so far they all seem like real tough guys. We've got some technique issues, high school habits and stuff but I'm real pleased with them so far."

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