September 19, 2003

Offensive Line Hits on All Cylinders

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Last year, senior linebacker Jason Stadnik was injured, forcing the offensive line to adjust and rotate. Fresh faces were moved around, until eventually all holes were plugged.

Now Stadnik’s injury has created a new problem — there are too many experienced linemen, and not enough starters’ spots.

This year, seven veterans return to fill the five starting positions of the offensive line. But it’s a problem head coach Tim Pendergast is happy to have.

“Anytime you can take five guys, line them up next to each other and advance them one more year, you’re going to be better. And we are better,” he said. “We’re more physical, our pass protection is much better, we’re smarter — we’re everything that’s positive.”

Seniors Dominic Garguile and John Megaro are the line’s elder statesmen, playing at the left tackle and center positions, respectively. Senior Jason Stadnik, while not slated to start, provides great depth at the left tackle position.

“He’s being pushed by Stadnick,” Pendergast said of Garguile. “There’s not a lot of separation between either, which means we’ve got a little depth, which is good.”

Junior linemen David Archer, Zach Beadle, and Kevin Boothe — last year’s second-team All-Ivy selection — also return to fill out the starting rotation.

Providing depth behind them are junior Tim Condon, and sophomores Daniel Legiec, Ross Hamilton, and John Moody.

Condon, who lettered last season, will look to break into the starting line, as will Moody — who is already taking reps at the center position.%0}