Offensive Line – a pre-camp look

I admit I’m far from certain about some of the position assignments.  It’s relatively straight forward figuring out who will play in the interior – Centre & Guard – versus Tackle, not so easy to know whether a guy will play on the left-side or right-side. The most certain position is probably Matt Richardson at RG – if I’m not mistaken he’s entering his 4th season as a starter at that position.

Position              Starter                          #2                               Depth

LT                       Jake Piotrowski          Avery Parle               freshmen

LG                       Nick Woehl                  Lucas Meschino        Pat Janik?

Centre                 Cody O’Neill                (Nick Woehl)             freshmen

RG                       Matt Richardson         Ryan O’Connor         freshmen

RT                       Scott McDooling          Avery Parle               freshmen

Comment: We’ve got less experience than anyone would like to see on the O-Line.  The unexpected departure of last year’s starter at LT, Doug Dougherty, does hurt significantly.  But, with seven of eight returning linemen having dressed and played in at least a few games, we’re better off than 2010 when we only had four guys who had ever stepped on the field.

Matt Richardson (6’2″ 296, Caledonia’s McKinnon Park) – entering his 5th year, a multi-year starter and the undisputed veteran of the line. 

Nick Woehl (6′ 297, Ridgeway-Chrystal Beach/Niag Spears) – entering his 4th season of eligibility, started one game at guard in 2009 and most games in 2010, both centre & guard.  Praised by Coaches Tolmie and Marchese as one of the smartest OL they had ever worked with.  Several successful in-game adjustments came from suggestions made by Woehl.

Jake Piotrowski (6’4″ 290, Barrie Eastview/Huronia Stallions) – entering his third season. Played out of position in 2010 starting most games at LG. Will return to his natural position of tackle this year.

Cody O’Neill (6’1″ 285, Guelph Lourdes/Guelph Bears) – entering his third year. Dressed all of 2010, became a starter at mid-season. Played some at both centre and guard.

Avery Parle (6’4″ 305, Barrie Laurentian) – entering his second season, dressed as a freshman and played in several games. Should compete for starting position at RT.  Will see lots of playing time.

Scott McDooling (6’6″ 290, St Thomas Aquinas/Brampton Bulldogs – did not play as a freshman.  Made dramatic improvements as a freshman.  Stood out as one of the most pleasant surprises of the spring camp.

Lucas Meschino (6’1″ 320, St Micheal’s College) – entering his third year in the Gryphon program.  Dressed for several games in 2010 and got some snaps as a back-up.  Played tackle at St Mike’s where he won a Metro Bowl (maybe two) and was a GTA Allstar.

Ryan O’Connor (6′ 275, St Andrew’s College) – did not play as a freshman. Won praise for his play in the spring.  Was a team captain and two-way lineman at St Andrew’s.

Pat Janik (6’2″ 320, Oakville Holy Trinity) – would be entering his third season but I’ve heard there is uncertainty about his playing in 2011.  He drew prasie at spring camp for playing tougher than earlier in his career.

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