The “next man up” mentality, cliché as it may be, applies to no position group more than the offensive line of the Florida State Seminoles. The unit that entered the year thin has already been worn thinner by injuries just two games into the 2018 campaign.
The offensive line has been a turnstile of different players this season. Alec Eberle, the leader of the hobbled unit, insists that despite the frequent changes in personnel thus far, the group needs to be consistent.
“I think game one to game two you could definitely see differences in some things,” Eberle said. “Consistency as a whole, play wise not personnel wise, as you could tell from the game we had a whole bunch of different lineups there on the offensive line. I personally think we got better from game one to game two. That’s the first thing I noticed.”
When asked if his role changes any as different players are substituted in on the offensive line, Eberle said he tries to communicate so that everyone is on the same page. This can prove difficult when playing on a line that changes as much as the Seminoles’ has had to this year.
“For me, I was doing my thing the whole time and telling them what to do,” Eberle said. “There were times when I jogged up the field and I hadn’t even realized some of the dudes that changed. There was one time when I didn’t even know Brady was in the game at tackle. It was funny because we’re pretty close, but after the game I was like, ‘dude, I looked over driving up the field and I didn’t even realize you were in.’ He was like, ‘I was in the whole quarter.’ I didn’t even notice. I definitely think the guys that came in stepped up and did well. We just have to get everybody on the same page and we’ll be alright.”
Despite early struggles, the senior is confident the offense is heading in the right direction.
“I think once everything starts clicking on a consistent basis, I think its going to be special,” Eberle said. “I stand by everything I said in the past. I think this team, this offense, are capable of doing really big things this year. I still think its going to happen. I think each game y’all are going to notice, we’re going to get better and better. By the end of the year we’re going to get it and see what we’re capable of being.”