I think there are not 12 but 13 scholarship OL practising this spring, including Hale who just transferred from DL. Theoretically, there are adequate numbers before anyone else shows up. Why the comment about depth? First, I'm sure the coaches won't feel comfortable until they have a solid two-deep. It's pretty much par-for-the-course to lose one guy for the season due to injury, so you really want 11 or more guys ready. Hale certainly is not ready... yet... after just 6 practices. Jones & Trout certainly aren't ready as freshman. I'm guessing, given that I haven't previously heard any specific positive comments about them, that Brown, Dodson and Lisle aren't ready either. So if 6 of 13 aren't ready, that would leave only 7 candidates for the 10 (or 11) you'd want to fill out the two-deep... at this time. I don't doubt that the comment about needing the new arrivals is as much a pscyhological ploy to spur on the "not yet ready" guys to improve, because if they don't, they COULD be supassed by this summer's arrivals. Remember, though, that most of these guys have two years under Coach Mick and two years of Warinner's coaching, which will likely put them ahead of anyone arriving fresh out of HS in the summer. Will they all make it to where they can contribute by the fall? Probably not, but I think some will.
Will we have a 2013-caliber OL? I doubt it. But it's clear that the coaches think they are ahead of where they were in 2012, and the 2012 OL ended up pretty good, just not yet developed to what they would become in 2013. We lucked out that year because the top 5 guys were healthy for the full year, and the fifth spot became solid only by having a newly-converted TE beat out a true freshman. There really was no one ready behind them. It sounds as if not only are our penciled-in starters ahead of the crew two years ago, but that we may (I said "may," leaving the real evaluation to the coaches) have at least a few backups futher along than the 2012 crew. No one has... yet... claimed all the two-deep spots, so we DO... at the present... have depth issues. I trust Warinner (and Marotti) and therefore Meyer, to have a solid OL, with depth, ready for the fall - equal to or better than the 2012 OL, if not at the 2013 level.