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2012 Tribe Football Spring Practice Update April 12
Updated: Friday 04/12/2012 (ET)
by TribeAthletics.com
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 12, 2012) - With the Green and Gold Game just two days away, William and Mary offensive lineman Trevor Springman recently sat down with TribeAthletics.com to discuss his offseason preparation as well as his future goals both on and off the field.

Below is a quick look at the Tribe's spring two-deep at the offensive line position.

Coaches Call:

Offensive line coach Bob Solderitch:

"We've dealt with a fair deal of adversity throughout the spring at our group, due to injuries. But, the flip side is that younger guys have been given a great opportunity to both learn the offense and improve their technique. We've had to shuffle some players into unfamiliar roles, but everyone has responded to the challenge and been very consistent in their efforts to improve. I believe this experience we've gained will make us a stronger unit in the fall."

Offensive Line
Left Tackle
#74 Mike Salazar, Sr. (6-5, 296)
Missed spring drills due to injury, but expected to make healthy return in fall ... Shown improvement each year in program and should enter fall poised to be an all-conference caliber performer ... Earned starts in all 23 games during the past two seasons ... Started all 11 games at left tackle as a junior last fall. 
#63 Nick Easter, RFr. (6-3, 286)
Member of the scout team as a freshman ... Hard worker who has gained lot of experience in offense this spring ... A first-team all-state selection at Colonial Forge High School in 2010 after helping the team post an undefeated regular season. 
Left Guard
#73 James Johnson III, Jr. (6-2, 290)
Earned 15 starts at left guard during the past two seasons ... Played with purpose this spring to earn starting role at guard and enters fall at top of depth chart ... Entered program as walk-on and used his outstanding work ethic to play his way to into scholarship last spring. 
#69 Andrew Jones, RFr. (6-1, 270)
Quick, aggressive young player who has opportunity to be impact player with continued improvement ... Good feet and hand placement ... Could also factor in at center ... Member of the scout team as a freshman.
Center
#75 Matt Crisafi, Jr. (6-4, 302)
Moved to center this spring after starting at guard last season ... Most versatile player among the front five ... Can contribute at any position along the front ... Very consistent in alignments and assignments and good leader on the field for the group ... Earned 18 starts during the past two seasons ... Started all 11 games last season, six coming at left guard and five at right tackle ... Two-time selection to the CAA Academic All-Conference Team. 
#51 Callen Larus, Jr. (6-4, 282)
Shown great improvement in time on campus ... Had good start to spring season, but saw reps cut do to illness ... Expected to make healthy return in fall ... Saw action in two games last season after being on the scout team the previous two years. 
Right Guard
#61 Trevor Springman, Jr. (6-4, 283)
Strongest player on team's offensive front ... Used his outstanding work ethic to maximize his abilities ... Uses size and strength to be a force in run game ... Rose to the challenge of learning tackle position this spring, due to injury, but should return to more natural guard position in fall ... Started all 11 games at right guard last season ... Chosen to the CAA Academic All-Conference Team. 
#67 Baron Goodman, So. (6-4, 290)
Possibly one of team's most improved players this spring ... Has worked extremely hard in both the film room and weight room to position himself for increased role this fall ... Quality reserve who saw action in just one game last season, the win at VMI, but was a member of the travel squad for all 11 contests ... Primary position will be guard, but also can contribute at center. 
Right Tackle
#60 Robert Gumbita, Sr. (6-5, 300)
Missed spring with injury, but is expected to make a healthy return this fall ... Will be key piece to team's 2012 front five, as he is a proven starter with great size and reach ... Smart and consistent performer ... Appeared in six games last season, starting all of them at right tackle. 
#66 Zach Mahfood, RFr. (6-2, 280)
Big, strong player with tremendous work ethic ... Earned a lot of reps this spring and has responded to the challenge ...  Member of the scout team as a freshman last season. 

 

 











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