Offensive Line Spring To-Do List

Army football has built a belief among its offensive linemen over the past few seasons.

The line’s nickname of “Malicious Offensive line Brotherhood” continues this spring following the loss of three senior starters and the departure of starting junior tackle Rick Kurz.

When asked what he wanted to accomplish with Army’s offensive line this spring, offensive coordinator Brent Davis said, “I’d like to continue to build on the culture of toughness that those guys have embraced. I’d like to really to focus on the fundamentals and for the young guys, who haven’t played, to invest in the offense and take ownership of learning it. I think we need to increased our football IQ amongst the group as far as what we want to get accomplished and understanding the overall scheme.”

Then, Davis said maybe the most revealing comment on the interview.

“The tradition of our offensive line here and what we are trying to build should never graduate,” Davis said.

Senior center Bryce Holland is the lone returning starter but there’s no need to panic. Davis and assistant Todd Spencer are regarded as two of the best in teaching blocking schemes for Army’s triple-option offense. Both Davis and Spencer have been around the offense for more than 20 years.

Davis said junior tackle Austin Schuffert’s role will increased this fall. Schuffert started in a 21-0 win at Air Force and was used as a sixth offensive lineman late in the 2017 season.

“He’s played in big situations and he’s really worked hard over the last four years to develop himself,” Davis said of Schuffert. “He’s a self-made player. He’s got a ways to go but he’s really continued to improve and I’m really proud of him so far.”

Davis said sophomore Jaxson Deaton, who has started four games in his first two seasons, “can be just as productive as the guards IJosh Boylan and Mike Houghton) that we has last year if he will maximize what he has.”

“I think Deaton is a guy who has played at a high level at times and he just needs to continue to focus on the mental side of the game,” Davis said.

One offensive lineman to watch this spring is freshman Mike Gerber, who both Davis and coach Jeff Monken have mentioned as having an upside.

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