Tuesday’s News: What’s the Future at OL?

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Eugene Monroe

When Eugene Monroe and Branden Albert signed with the Cavaliers in February, most folks figured they would be Virginia’s bookend tackles of the future. Not anymore. Instead, as true freshmen, they are currently two of the team’s top three guards. And Al Groh said today that it looks like only one of them will be moving to tackle down the road.

“Probably one of them’s going to be a guard and one of them’s going to be a tackle,” Groh said. “Clearly right now Branden is a guard because he’s the first-team guard. He could be a very good tackle, but he’s also demonstrated that he has a high upside being a guard. Branden could actually be a very good center, too.”

The 6-7, 310-pound Albert is starting at left guard. The 6-6, 318-pound Monroe is the second-team right guard and has seen significant action as Marshal Ausberry ‘s backup. He is also playing tackle at times during practice, “not necessarily because he’s the one already designated to be a tackle, but because Branden is the starting guard and we’re not going to fool around with his circumstances right now.”

Albert was named the ACC rookie of the week after grading out at 74 percent against Duke. “That’s a pretty decent number. It’s not spectacular,” Groh said, but Groh has been pleased with Albert’s overall progress and attitude.

Branden Albert

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