Depth Key For Offensive Line

Depth Key For Offensive Line

One of the pleasant surprises to the 3-1 start for Southern Miss has been the play of the offensive line. Despite injuries and replacing four starters, this unit has found the chemistry necessary to keep this spread offense rolling. GoldenEaglePride.com caught up with tackle Thomas Edenfield after practice to talk about stepping up at tackle.

Edenfield was thrust into the offensive line starting position with Jason Weaver being lost for the season to a knee injury. He knew his opportunity would come, and he stayed ready to step in.

"I have rotated in every game, so that really helped out a lot," he said, still breathing hard after a tough practice.

"When the time came to go, I just turned it up and went. I knew I had to be ready and I was."

Edenfield came into camp neck and neck with Weaver at the Right Tackle spot, and he knows the depth on the line has been a key for this line's success. "I am not sure if Duhon will be back this week or not, but our depth is pretty good," he added. "We have a lot of young guys but everyone is hungry to step in a play if they need to."

Edenfield was a player Fedora called out as having a great game against Louisiana Tech after Saturday night's game. The junior points to the closeness of the group and doesn't look at individual success.

"We just click right off the bat, its kinda weird," he said of the early success of the offensive line. "We are jelling, and we are very tight on the line and very close to each other. We all get along real well and hang out, and we are a close knit group."

To be a successful tackle in the spread offense, Edenfield says there are several important aspects. "You have to have really good feet, be physical, and you have to be real smart," he said. "Thosee are the main keys."

Edenfield and his fellow offensive line crew will have a big task at hand in the conference opener against Marshall. The Thundering Herd possess one of the best defensive lines in all of Conference USA.

"Vinny Curry is the sack leader in the nation right now," he said. "He is a good hard worker, big guy, physical and he really gets after the quarterback. Our goal is going to be to be more physical than them this Saturday."

Curry has 6 sacks already this season.

Edenfield could not talk about the success of the line without giving the praise to Coach Kap. As many of the players have, he has become quite an inspiration to them all.

"He has been there for me before I even got here," he said. "I look up to Coach Kap a lot; he is one of the best coaches I have ever had. He is a real inspiration to all of us, and really is a great teacher."

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