A major part of spring practice is coaches trying to figure what pieces can go where in their schemes. The Missouri Tigers, coming off a disappointing inaugural run through the SEC, are open to tinkering with just about anybody on their roster this spring as they try and find some success in 2013. Their biggest move may come along the offensive line as Evan Boehm prepares to move from guard to center in 2013.
Boehm broke out in 2012 as a true freshman, stepping into the Tigers’ starting lineup immediately. He started all 12 games at left guard last year and was named a Freshman All-American. On a line that was depleted by injuries, Boehm was the lone standout and now he may have to learn a new position for next season.
The coaching staff is taking a long, hard look at Boehm at center this spring to see if their best offensive lineman can handle taking over the duties as the leader of the offensive line. The fact that the Missouri coaching staff is giving him the opportunity indicates that Boehm has shown more than just the physical tools to be an offensive lineman.
As the center, Boehm would be the hinge of the offensive line, responsible for calling out defensive alignments, line shifts and calling out blitzes. Against the varied looks of the SEC, that could be a tall task for a sophomore like Boehm to handle, but Missouri is going to give him a shot.
Brad McNulty moved into Boehm’s old position at left guard while Missouri’s No. 1 offenses ran through drills during practice and coaches could still flip the two if they aren’t comfortable with Boehm at center. Can the talented young lineman make the move stick this season or will he move back to his original spot to get a bit more seasoning? We’ll find out this spring.