Offensive Line Coach John Donatelli has plenty of experience returning.
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Offensive Line Coach John Donatelli has plenty of experience returning.
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Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 04/09/2013

TOWSON, Md. - On Tuesday morning, the Tigers conducted their sixth practice session of the spring and Offensive Line Coach John Donatelli received another opportunity to work with his very experienced offensive linemen.

The Tigers have six seniors returning on the offensive line, including tackles Eric Pike and Randall Harris, guards Jake McDowell, Charles Johnson and Anthony Davis, and center Doug Shaw.

"It is great to have so many experienced players returning," says Donatelli."We've waited a long time for this situation. That doesn't mean we're not working as hard as we have in the past.

"We are making a conscious effort to get guys ready for next year," he added. "We want to close the gap between the veterams and the younger players."

When he talks about the younger players on the line, Donatelli is talking about players like Jake Schunke, a tackle who is waiting his turn.

"The last time we were in this situation, we didn't do a great job getting the younger players ready," Donatelli lamented. "We are going to do better this time."

Led by Pike, Harris, Shaw, Davis and Johnson, the Tigers have averaged nearly 230 rushing yards per game the last two seasons.

A fourth-year starter, Pike earned All-Colonial Athletic Association first team honors last season. Harris was a first-year starter at right tackle last season and earned first team All-CAA notice. A three-year starter at center, Shaw was a second team All-CAA pick in 2012.

"It is great to have such a plethora of experience," says Donatelli. "But once the season gets here, the best unit will start. That's a decision they will make - not me."

The Tigers return to the practice field on Thursday morning for their next session.



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