WKU Football: Offensive line adjusting to third year with new coach
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The only constant is change, something the offensive line for WKU Football has become all too familiar with.
For the third consecutive season, there’s a new man on the sidelines in charge of the offensive line.
That hasn’t changed the mindset of the big men down in the trenches.
“It’s the same each year,” said redshirt-junior offensive lineman Jordan Meredith. “Just come in, work, do your job, play as a unit.”
Mike Goff is the newest coach to dawn the title of offensive line coach at WKU.
“Just trying to learn from him,” said redshirt-senior offensive lineman Miles Pate, who has had five different coaches during his five years on the Hill. “See what he can give us and bring to the field.”
Goff joined the Hilltopper football team after spending the last three seasons at the University of Southern California serving as an offensive assistant.
This is his first time serving as an offensive line coach, though, but his players seem to think he’s doing just fine.
“It’s been great,” said Meredith. “We enjoy being out here with him. Learning from him each day. He’s a great addition to the team.”
Goff thinks this group has adapted well to the style he’s been tasked to implement, too.
“They’ve adjusted well and I think that at the end of the day, you have your players’ best interests at heart,” he added. “You want them to be the best player they can be. I think they understand that about me and they’ve adapted well. They’ve done everything that I’ve asked them to.”
The continuity the Tops have across the o-line is what’s helped Goff’s transition into his new role that much easier.
In all of college football, the Tops are one of just two teams to return every offensive lineman from last season’s roster, giving them serious depth across the front five.
“I think it’s great just to have everybody come back,” Meredith said. “It never hurts to have all five o-linemen come back.”
Pate, who started all 12 games in 2018, anticipates a lot of competition for starting spots because of that depth.
“We potentially have seven starters,” he said. “I feel like any combination we can have good production. We have a lot of confidence that we can really do something this year.”
Four of the Tops’ five offensive linemen started every game last season – Seth Joest, Miles Pate, Jordan Meredith and Tyler Witt.
The fifth, Parker Howell, started the final nine games of the season.
Health can often be a concern for this position, but the Tops offensive line has proven they have the durability to stay on the field for every snap of the season, something Goff was pleased to inherit.
“When you can get an offensive line that stays healthy and is able to play through little nagging injuries and you can keep those guys together, it builds a continuity that is unmatched,” said Goff.
It’s a continuity that could prove to be a crucial element in the Hilltoppers’ success on the offensive side of the ball in 2019.