May 4, 2009

Koenig in no rush but four stand out

Dan Koenig isn't about to loaf through spring camp.

The 6-foot-6-inch, 260-pound offensive tackle from Cape Coral (Fla.) High School wants to make sure he helps ease his team's transition to a revamped offensive line.

"I want to be a leader, just try to help get our offensive line up to speed," said Koenig, who holds almost 15 offers including one from Tennessee. "We lost four seniors from last year, and we're going to fill in those spots with some new kids. I want to help our coaches coach them up."

While Koenig lists Tennessee among his four favorites along with Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma State - where his two brothers played - he knows that many college coaches are expected to visit Cape Coral over the next couple of weeks of spring camp.

"There's going to be coaches down here from the 12th to the 21st. Oklahoma State, Missouri, Tennessee; Connecticut and Pittsburgh already have been down," Koenig said. "We start spring (practice) on Monday, just in uppers. I'm sure there will be more coaches over the next few days, I think Florida, Georgia, Alabama, LSU and Miami are going to be here."

What representatives of those schools will see is Koenig leading by example and focusing on several areas he's targeting for improvement.

"I just want to work on my pass-blocking, getting my head out of pass-blocking. I kind of lean forward a little bit," Koenig said. "I want to work my way up to the linebackers, the second level (of the defense), taking better steps for the three technique or the one technique. Just stuff like that."

Showcasing his veteran stature, Koenig already has been organizing impromptu study sessions with his teammates in the trenches.

"Our coach just introduced like two plays a day and then we would work on that on the field. Sometimes we don't have enough time to go over it all, but I can see the offensive line isn't seeing what coaches are trying to do," Koenig said. "After practice, I would take them up to the meeting room and just draw it up on the board, tell them what the running backs are looking for, the cutbacks, tell them how to block. If it's three technique or if the guard and center are doubling the one technique, who gets him? Who goes off to the linebacker if the one technique moves over to rush outside? The guard picks him up and center takes over responsibility to second level. Things like that."

Koenig, who expects to attend the "Down and Dirty Camp" in Florida for offensive and defensive linemen, doesn't expect to rush to a decision but indicates he likely will choose his college before his senior season.

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