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BYU shuffles offensive line after Saturday's disaster at Virginia

First Published      Last Updated Sep 04 2013 04:05 pm

Well, that didn't take long, did it?

BYU's offensive coaches are already shuffling the offensive line, after Saturday's disastrous showing at Virginia.

"Well, we are going to do some shuffling of the line, and we are going to see how other guys respond," offensive coordinator Robert Anae told reporters after practice on Tuesday night. "We've got four guys right now who look to be holding their spots."

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that the only full-time returning starter on the o-line, sophomore Ryker Mathews, has been benched.

Sophomore Michael Yeck will take Mathews' spot at left tackle. Yeck started at right tackle vs. UVa.


p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> Senior Manaaki Vaitai, who had the best game of any o-lineman against Virginia, has cracked the starting lineup and will be the left guard on Saturday.

Sophomore Terrrance Alletto holds onto his spot as the center.

Junior Brock Stringham will move from right guard to right tackle.

As of Tuesday, coaches aren't sure who will start at right guard. Candidates are freshman Brad Wilcox, walk-on Kyle Johnson, Mathews, junior college transfer De'Ondre Wesley or perhaps freshman Brayden Kearsley.

"As of Tuesday, we've got four starters. So we are still looking for that fifth one," Anae said. "That still remains to be earned."

Asked specifically about Kearsley, who made the trip to Virginia but did not play, Anae said: "We are hoping that Brayden will come along and do that, we certainly are. Whether he is that or not this week, remains to be seen."

What's holding the highly touted blocker back?

"Well, there is a lot going in. He's a true freshman. There's a lot of development. And, there's competition. So those things put together are at the heart of it," Anae said.

Earlier Tuesday, Mathews appeared in the interview room and acknowledged that he played poorly and was disappointed in himself in the way he played. I asked him about his health after double-hip surgery last winter, and he said he is about an eight on a scale of one to 10.

"We still don't know yet [if Mathews is fully recovered]," Anae said. "Haven't heard from the trainers, what his condition is. So I am waiting to hear. But right now our starting left tackle is Michael Yeck. Brock [Stringham] is moving over to right tackle, yes indeed."

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