One of the most underperforming units on the FSU football team over the last few seasons has been the offensive line. I’d argue the problems have been persistent since the 2014 season which saw Jameis Winston pressured more than he was in the 2013 national championship season.
Many factors have led to the poor pass protection: not picking up blitzes, poor technique, QBs not making reads fast enough… still, with as many highly-touted recruits as FSU has brought in over the past five years along the line, no excuse is good enough.
That makes the new offensive line coach one of the most anticipated additions to Willie Taggart’s coaching staff as Rick Trickett will be replaced.
The man for the job appears to be a former Seminole offensive lineman, and national champion from the 1993 team, Greg Frey.
I have a saying, it’s also a Jay-Z lyric, “Everybody can tell you how to do it, but they never did it.”
That doesn’t always translate exactly in coaching. Great players don’t always make good coaches and good coaches weren’t always great players, but in today’s culture of athletics ,kids want to see who you were and sometimes need to check your resume.
Well, Coach Frey was a high school All-American out of Clearwater when he signed with FSU. He won a national championship as a player and has seen success as a coach everywhere he has been.
His career started as a graduate assistant helping launch USF’s program. He then went to West Virginia helping with a high-powered offense quarterbacked by Pat White. He’s coached two stints at Michigan, but what stood out to me is his production at Indiana where he was the offensive line coach helping Tevin Coleman, now with the Atlanta Falcons, rush for over 2000 yards and seeing two other running backs gain over 1,000 yards during his tenure.
That’s strong production for Indiana, which, if you haven’t been following closely, isn’t exactly a football power.
Statistically, the running game at FSU hasn’t been a problem. We’ve seen Devonta Freeman, Dalvin Cook and now Cam Akers all rush for over 1,000 yards behind Trickett-coached offensive lines. However, the credit for those numbers were achieved due to great vision and athletic talent from three incredibly talented backs.
I’m not suggesting Frey hasn’t had talent at his other stops, but I doubt he’s had “FSU-level” running back talent and I can imagine the damage that FSU’s offense could’ve done, as well as how many more wins FSU could’ve had, if our line provided a more powerful push.
Let’s take a deeper look at his resume as a coach.
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