Kyle Kalis may have slipped out of the top five
Freshman tackle Mason Cole is on target to break into the starting lineup.
“Performance doesn’t have an age tied to it,” Nussmeier said. “He’s had an outstanding camp. He’s taking strides every day.”
Last week, Hoke mentioned Erik Magnuson and Ben Braden at the tackles and Kyle Bosch and Kyle Kalis at the guards, with Graham Glasgow and Jack Miller dueling at center.
Magnuson's return from surgery seemingly had pushed Cole, who played with the first team during the spring scrimmage, down the depth chart and possibly on course to redshirting the season.
But after Friday’s first full-contact practice, Hoke indicated that Cole was playing left tackle and Magnuson had shifted to left guard. The moves show that the team is still trying to find the right combination to support the new offense.
“Sometime next week...we’ll settle in what we want to look at, what we want to do as far as the top five guys,” said Hoke. “Darryl [Funk] and Doug have done a nice job of rotating guys in who we think have an opportunity to be in that first group.”