After being baptized by fire and having a stellar, yet inconsistent 2012 season, Evan Boehm started 12 games as a true freshman at left guard and became the first Tiger freshman offensive lineman to ever start in the Gary Pinkel era in Colombia.
Boehm, wanting to help the team any department, asked head coach Pinkel before spring practice to move him to center this season. Pinkel and the Tigers’ offensive staff agreed that his football intelligence and body frame would be best incorporated at center.
The staff also had Boehm’s future in their minds as well, as he would most likely project as a center at the next level.
The Lees Summit native hopes to improve at a position that was plagued with bad snaps last season, as converted guard Brad McNulty and converted tackle Mitch Morse split starts in the middle and were never comfortable snapping in the shotgun formation.
He had no experience before this spring of playing the position, so the sophomore worked all summer to perfect the mandated shotgun snap used in offensive coordinator Josh Henson‘s spread offense.
The young man has spent all spring and summer working on his snaps, making the right calls on the line, creating the right blocking schemes and becoming a better vocal leader as a sophomore. Head strength coach Pat Ivey has reported to the media that Boehm has gained an additional 25 pounds this offseason and become more agile with his footwork.
Henson has mentioned that the Tigers are going to have to install a fast-tempo offense and rid away costly turnovers this season if the they want to be successful in the program’s second campaign in the SEC. And those keys will lie on the shoulders of the sophomore in the middle of the line this season.
Every good offensive play will begin with his perfect snap, correct line call and block on the opposing player. Boehm understands that the success of the Tigers’ offense will be measured by how well he performs at a foreign position he’s never played until earlier this summer.
All eyes will be pointed at his growth and transformation at center this season.