Know The Cats: Weber State offensive line building up its right side

Saturday , August 12, 2017 - 5:00 AM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

This story is the second in our “Know The Cats” series, which previews each position group of the Weber State University football team throughout fall camp.

OGDEN — The biggest concern of Weber State head football coach Jay Hill throughout camp has been the right side of the offensive line, but there is optimism within the position group to deliver once the season starts in early September.

With Calvin Steyn and Cameron Young, both Second Team All-Conference honorees, no longer on the team after graduation, the right side is under construction with hopes of the project being completed on schedule.

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“They will be hard to replace,” offensive line coach Brent Myers said. “We’ve got to continue to develop depth. That’s always an issue at this level. You’re never as good as you think you are, and then you’ve got to have quality backups because you can always lose one at any time during the season, so you’ve got to have guys that can step in and play.”

The right tackle position is of main concern, but Myers hopes that the switch Junior Latu made from defensive line to offensive line will help bridge the gap.

Led by returning starters in juniors Baron Bruce and Iosua Opeta, the group as a whole is young, with nine freshman, four sophomores, two juniors and two seniors.

“I think they’ve been doing a good job stepping up,” Opeta said. “They’re very young, but I know they can make the transition to be game ready ... I’m not worried at all about them being able to play. I’ve already seen what they can do. They’re good players.”

Sophomore Ben Bos and freshman Ty Whitworth are two players who have impressed so far throughout camp and are expected to bolster production.

Bruce admitted his concern with the right side of the line prior to fall camp, but his doubts have since been put to rest with what he’s witnessed.

“I was worried about it, but so far in camp, in these two weeks, we are so much further ahead than I would’ve thought we’d been at this point,” Bruce said. “I’m extremely impressed with those guys. They’re young, but they know what they’re doing, and they are working really hard.”

When asked about his confidence level in his team, Myers was quick to refute any notion he or the coaching staff did not have faith in the potential of the position group.

“In my opinion, Iosua Opeta is the best tackle in the league,” he said. “He might be one of the better players on our team, in my mind, for his given position. Baron’s very experienced, he’s a two-year starter going on his third year. I think the two young kids in Ben Bos and Ty Whitworth are as talented young guys as we’ve had here since I’ve been here, and this is my fourth season.”

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