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The 'Fight' at Right Tackle

Coach Ralph Friedgen made clear that very few starting jobs are locked up. He acknowledged that senior quarterback Chris Turner is in good shape, but he wants to see backup Jamarr Robinson come on and cement himself as No. 2.

There is obviously a significant battle at place-kicker. But perhaps the most intense competition is at right tackle. Paul Pinegar, R.J. Dill and Tyler Bowen are each holding his own. Friedgen called the competition a “pretty good fight.”

Pinegar, a fourth-year lineman, can play both tackle spots. He has played in 12 games in his career, all as a reserve. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder played in seven games last season.

Dill, a redshirt freshman, is a big dude --- 6-7, 320. At Trinity High in Pa., he started at both offensive and defensive tackle.

And Bowen (6-7, 305) has battled foot and ankle injuries his first two seasons. He had foot surgery before last season and did not suit up. A foot injury kept him out of the spring, as well.

Right tackle is one of three open slots along the offensive line.

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 12, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
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