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Zebrie Sanders

...finished second on the team with 37 knockdown blocks, including a career-high of five against Boston College... Zebrie really turned in a great performance in 2010. Credit Trickett for Sanders' continued development. I used to definitely be on the disappointed bandwagon re: his play. But I've had to consider that he had to play - start, even - his first two years in college because of the trainwreck in offensive line play and recruiting under previous ownership. The ideal situation for offensive linemen is the same today as it was 20 years ago at the college level - redshirt your first year, practice for 2 years, don't see the field until your RS Jr. year. Said another way, Sanders shouldn't have even seen the field until this upcoming season. Trickett had to scrap the idealized approach, and the result was at times hard to watch in '08 and '09. But he has improved each year, and Sanders really came into his own last year. Sanders has to be considered one of the top tackles in the conference going into 2011. He has the frame, size, agility, and growing technique to contribute at the next level. He's not the road-grading RT the NFL looks for, and he may turn into a LT a few years from now. A zone-blocking / pass-happy offense might like him at RT.
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