Penn State Football: Shrive Ready to Contribute on Offensive Line
At 6-foot-6 and 314 pounds its hard to miss senior offensive guard Eric Shrive. Shrive is hoping not only to grab your attention with his physical stature, but with his play on the football field as well.
"I feel like as a lineman I've gotten a lot stronger throughout the winter with Coach Fitzgerald," Shrive said Monday morning. "With the way practice is going on the offensive line, we've really been coming together pretty well."
Shrive joins the offensive line this year looking to make major contributions after a junior season that saw him make most of his impact during the non conference schedule.
On the rest of the line, center Ty Howle and right tackle Adam Gress have filled the openings left by the graduation of Matt Stankiewitch and Mike Farrell. Right guard John Urschel, a returning first-team All-Big Ten pick will join left tackle Donovan Smith, a redshirt sophomore, and left guard Miles Dieffenbach to round out the Nittany Lions' offensive front.
That doesn't mean Shrive is out of the mix. Both he and Redshirt junior guard/center Angelo Mangiro have worked with the first team offense during spring drills.
While both will likely come off the bench as reserves, Shrive is ready to help when his number is called. That might even mean playing two separate positions.
"Playing guard and tackle are a little bit different but in my mind playing right and left is not much different," Shrive said.
"One play on one side goes one way, the other side goes the other way, so you have to know what side you're playing. It helped me and I'm more versatile and think I have a better shot to play and it helps the team out as much as I could."
"I got to keep getting stronger and working on technique and have a really good summer," He said. "I need to try to contribute in any way possible."
Regardless of Shrive's playing time, for the recently engaged senior, playing for Bill O'Brien is something he feels has been preparing him for more than just football.
"He's a great coach. It's an honor to play for a guy like him. He's not only preparing us for football but for life. He just rubs off on us, the way we want to handle ourselves not only on the field but in the community. It's just the way he handles himself. He's a class-act individual. I'd like to be the man he is someday."