The Rebels are back on the practice field this morning, but practice is closed. Next visitation is after practice tomorrow.
While Matt Luke has moved this player in and that player out and this player back again there have been some very important constants on the offensive line.
You haven’t heard much about Aaron Morris and Justin Bell, the starting guards, and left tackle Laremy Tunsil.
No news is good news.
Those guys have held jobs and done their work while Luke is still trying to figure out the rest.
Morris was considered a player with All-SEC potential before he tore his ACL in last year’s opener at Vanderbilt.
Her’es Luke: “I’ve been impressed with him. I think he does have a little tendinitis, coming off the knee and everything, but he’s gone every single rep of every thing, hasn’t come out. I’m hoping he will continue to get into football shape.”
Bell has also been steady.
One thing that jumped out from yesterday’s conversation about the offensive line is that Tunsil’s confidence level needed to grow.
Tunsil earlier this camp spoke about the incredible amount of praise that comes his way, how he glances at his Twitter feed then turns away. Maybe praise that comes so freely doesn’t impact a guy’s self worth as much as watching himself grow as a player.
Tunsil has been open about his desire to improve as a run blocker. Luke says that’s been very much the case this camp, and perhaps that’s led to this: “He’s much more confident. I know it’s hard to believe of a guy with that ability, but his confidence level has really risen.”
Footwork, quickness and pass-blocking will soon pay the bills for Laremy Tunsil.
In the meantime, he’s worked hard to become a better run blocker, and it will be interesting to watch that aspect of his game this season.
Much more on Laremy Tunsil in tomorrow’s Daily Journal.