Behind the Line
|The Driving Force of the Red Devil Offense|
The Dickinson College football team is having another outstanding season, off to a 5-0 start with a 3-0 mark in the Centennial Conference. The Red Devils have won seven straight games, dating back to last season. The success of the football program, of any football program for that matter, is contingent on the ability of a large number of individuals working together to achieve one goal, to score more points than the opponent. There are many key elements to achieving that ultimate goal of victory. There are a number of statistical categories in the sport of football in which teams are commonly compared. One position that is often overlooked, despite being some of the biggest guys on the field, is that of the offensive line.
The Red Devils have had the good fortune of filling those positions with some extremely talented athletes for many years. There is much more to the position than size, strength and the ability to push people around on the football field. In addition to learning the offense, blocking schemes and the tendencies of the players behind them, linemen at Dickinson have had another issue to deal with in recent years. That would be the unpredictable, elusive and quick nature of quarterback Ian Mitchell '10. Mitchell is a threat to take off in any direction at any time, sometimes many directions on the same play. The Offensive Line at Dickinson College has proven to be one of finest around. Everyone must be aware of what's going on around them at all times, and ready to adjust to the Devils' diversity on offense.
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