Reaching back to some old lingo from the days of CB radio Hugh Freeze said on Monday that he and the staff were going to put the pedal down in terms of getting UCLA transfer Christian Morris ready to play, presumably as a back-up at both tackle spots.
OL coach Matt Luke talks in slower terms of getting Morris on the field. Morris was moved up to get reps with the twos in practice this week. Luke uses the words “rusty” and “overweight” to describe Morris. That’s overweight just a little bit, he notes, but it’s less than ideal conditioning for Morris, and that’s not surprising for a guy who is not only new in the program but has also had to overcome an Achilles injury.
In the video below you’ll hear junior right guard Justin Bell speak of the “punch” Morris brings to the offensive line.
The truth about Morris is probably in the middle between Luke’s cautious approach and Freeze’s pedal to the metal.
A Twitter reader asked me on Monday if I thought Morris might be ready for the Alabama game. The answer is maybe, but that’s a really tough situation for any offensive lineman, and I would not expect a whole lot from Morris in that scenario.
In other OL news …
There was clearly improvement in the run game against Vanderbilt. Just as clear is the fact that there’s more improvement to be made. Run game improvement isn’t only about the OL, and it will be interesting to see how the running backs rotation changes Saturday and in the days head.
Freeze earlier in the week described freshman Rod Taylor as fast and physical in his first significant game action.
There were a lot of moving parts on that offensive line, but Bell says that wasn’t a distraction. He describes an OL unit that is tightly knit and says he embraces the competition the younger guys bring.
Here’s Bell on those topics and more: