July 27, 2006

Pre-camp postional breakdowns: Offensive Line


Today continues a several-part series on the Mountaineers, a 2006 Top 4 pick coming off their greatest bowl victory in history.

Let's head toward the O-line where three potential pros lurk.


Start with Dan Mozes. Please. The third-year starter is on everybody's watch list for people who put their fists in the turf. Perhaps, he is the most decorated preseason lineman here since Brian Jozwiak.

Like Pat White, Steve Slaton and Owen Schmitt, Mozes (6-3, 290) is a core guy whom the Mountaineers cannot afford to lose. Not only is he an All-American lineman, but he makes the blocking calls at the line. He is the sinew of the entire organization.

Playing center for Rick Trickett is a chore. Make the block call, snap to the shotgun, then punch hard and reach. Do it all in a split-second and you have Mad D-Mo.

But like White, Slaton and Schmitt, Mozes kept getting better during the off-season. He put up an OL best 28-5 vertical jump, a 480 max bench (6X405) and a 355-pound hang clean. His pro agility was a 4.49.

He may be two inches too short, maybe a step slow. We will let the agents and NFL scouts sort that out. The facts are, nobody runs the ball better (almost) than West Virginia year-in-and-year-out. A big factor is Mo.

At right guard, Jeremy Sheffey quietly had one of the best years in the Big East at right guard. After an uneven start, the 6-3, 290-pound senior's blocking grades were equal to, if not better than, Mozes'.

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