DT Nate Chandler to offensive tackle?
Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:17 AM
Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:24 AM
looking in to this a bit more, he did play his freshman year at UCLA as an
OT "offensive lineman" per what i've read
Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:36 AM
I think Seattle also did this recently with a guy. It's not unheard of, just a bit weird.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:39 AM
A four-star prospect and one of the best tight end prospects in the country as a California prep. Also averaged a double-double in basketball in addition to lettering in track and baseball. His father passed away just weeks before signing day.
Redshirted in 2007.
Saw action in all 12 contests at offensive line, tight end and on special teams, making two starts at tight end, grabbing one pass for three yards in ‘08.
Caught one pass for five yards in 11 contests in ’09 as a reserve tight end and as a special-teams player. Missed three games because of injury - Arizona and Oregon State (concussion) and the EagleBank Bowl against Temple (quadriceps).
Switched to the defensive side of the ball for the ’10 season and appeared in all 12 games, starting eight contests – the first four at defensive end and the next four at defensive tackle – and recorded 21 tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack with one pass batted down.
Appeared in all 14 games, making five consecutive starts late in the season at DT, and managed 16-2 1/2-1 with one pass batted down in '11.
i've read a bit more on him and he wasn't getting all the reps he wanted at TE so he asked to move to the DL. he was 225lbs his senior year of high school and by the time he was a junior in college he had filled out to 290lbs (went up to 303 at one point)...but he was still really athletic, not a fatty. that's kind of big for a TE.
what i see is just a good athlete who can handle both sides of the line. he's probably more needed on the offensive line and that was probably his best chance for sticking with the team. i see him working on the left side backing up gross and giving campbell some competition for the LT2 spot.
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