KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Dylan Wiesman said he doesn’t have a lot of experience rotating as an offensive lineman, but if Tennessee sees that as a way to improve, he’s confident the Vols have the horses to do it.
The Vols managed to outscore just one SEC team in the fourth quarter of games last season (South Carolina, 3-0). Combining all of the games, Tennessee was outscored in the fourth quarters by a 73-72 count.
Many teams have started rotating offensive linemen more in an effort to keep them fresh and better matchup with defensive lines like Alabama’s. The Crimson Tide rotated 11 on its defensive line to wear down and ultimately overwhelm tired offensive line units.
“If it (rotation) had to happen, I would feel completely comfortable with any of our guys stepping in,” said Wiesman, who started all 13 games last season, 12 of them at right guard. “Anybody can step in and get it done. I wouldn’t want that to happen per se, but if it had to happen, I’d be more than comfortable with it.”
Wiseman would be integral to UT going to more of a rotation. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound senior from Cincinnati’s Colerain High School knows all five positions and has the ability to play them well.
“I feel like I still have things to work on, but I feel like my overall understanding is pretty good,” said Wiesman, asked about his comfort level in the offense. “I can explain all five positions, and I know what’s going on behind me,.
“I feel like knowing the concept of the plays and understanding what we’re doing is what helps me a lot, but I still have tons of things to work on.”
It’s worth noting that Wiesman has already come a long way; he was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school, ranked the No. 1,046 player in the 2013 class.
Wiesman was a second-team All-SEC pick last season.
— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) August 11, 2016
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s SEC Country and lives in Knoxville.
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