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True Freshman White in Mix at RG

Offensive line continues to be an issue – “We’re still not as physical up front as we need to be,” Coach Ralph Friedgen said.

At center, senior Phil Costa is playing “pretty solid,” Friedgen said.

At left tackle, Bruce Campbell is expected to be improved. “He is a good athlete,” Friedgen said. “We got him at 4.7 (in the 40). He still has a ways to go to get better. He is a really solid kid. He has only started six games, but he has played in a lot of games. He is a very good left tackle who is going to get better. He has got to stay healthy.”

At right tackle, you have one of the most intense battles in camp, a three-man competition featuring Paul Pinegar, R.J. Dill and Tyler Bowen.

Friedgen is particularly concerned about the two guard positions.

“We have to find some people who can hold their own,” he said.

Sophomores Andrew Gonnella and Lamar Young are entrenched in a battle at left guard. At right guard, Justin Lewis is “struggling a little right now, but I am hoping he is going to come on and play like he did at the end of spring,” Friedgen said. Meantime, sophomore Maurice Hampton and true freshman Pete White are battling at right guard.

Friedgen will have his eye on two freshmen linemen – White and Bennett Fulper – in Saturday’s scrimmage. Friedgen told offensive line Coach Tom Brattan that he wanted to see a lot of White and Fulper in the scrimmage to “see how many guys we can work with. I think both are good players. If you can see that they may develop, hopefully you have them by the third or fourth game and they have added to your depth. Pete has got to drop a little weight. He does a pretty good job at his pass blocking, that’s his strength. He is very much in the thick of things right now because that right guard position is pretty up for grabs.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 14, 2009; 1:02 PM ET
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