2019 Football Preview – August 22, 2019 – 18
Line: Trust and proper footwork imperative to Panthers’ success
Photo by Adam Feiner
Oregon offensive linemen work on their steps while running through plays during practice Aug. 14. Instead of pushing a sled all the time, the Panthers work with cones to perfect their craft. Continued from page 16 Yates is entering his second season as the starter at right tackle. He might be the biggest Panther lineman, but still uses the same technique as his teammates. “We try to get two steps down before the guys across from us gets one,” Yates said. “We try to use our speed to our advantage.” Hall earned first-team allBadger South Conference
honors last season as a firstyear starter. He’s slated to start at right, or “split,” guard. Gagner was a second-team all-conference selection at left tackle in 2018. The second-year starter is confident in protecting a first-year starter at quarterback and several running backs. “We definitely trust the guys behind us,” Gagner said. “We’re going to continue to block the same
way we would for anybody. We’ve definitely matured as a group.” Wi t h m o r e ex p e r i e n c e under their belt and experienced running backs graduated, the all-senior line is helping Oregon’s running backs find holes in practice ahead of the first game.
“Our guys expect every play to go for a touchdown,” Mirkes said, “and when that doesn’t happen, they’re disappointed. But they get right back to fixing things. “They want our quarterback to be clean and want to rush for 400 yards every game.”
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Oregon’s Adam Yates (right) drives to the basket as Stoughton’s Jack Nelson defends during a basketball game last year. Yates’ athleticism allows him to also be a right tackle in football.
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