March 23, 2009

Center gets some attention

The 2009 season will be a huge test for Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood. Losing six players off his top twelve to graduation, Greatwood has holes to fill with center being a glaring need. Coach will give a number a players a good look at snapping the ball, including walk-ons Max Forer and Ramsen Golpashin.

With the graduation of Max Unger and the early departure of Hamani Stevens, Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood is pretty much wide open when it comes to filling the center position. One of the leading candidates will be Jordan Holmes, although Greatwood is not convinced that will be where Holmes ends up.

"Jordan Holmes has played the position in games before so I would have to say he's the leading candidate going in although I think Jordan would maybe perform better at guard. That remains to be seen," coach added.

What will give Greatwood the flexibility to perhaps move Holmes to his more natural guard position would be the emergence of another center. In addition to Holmes, redshirt freshman Carson York will be getting a look. In addition, Greatwood is going to have some solid walk-on players and a newer face give it their best shot.

"I'm having a bunch of guys work the position," Greatwood said. "I've got a couple walk-on kids that I think can play pretty well. Max Forer has been doing it. Ramsen Golpashin has been snapping. I've had Charlie Carmichael try it and Charlie actually gets the ball back pretty good."

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