FOXBOROUGH — Ted Larsen played on the defensive side of the ball his entire career. Yet when North Carolina State coaches approached him about playing center his junior year, he wasn’t bothered by the request.
Larsen, 6-0, 304 pounds, worked with N.C. State head coach Tom O’Brien, who developed a reputation of molding offensive linemen at Boston College. Larsen stepped in at center after playing his entire career on the defensive line and found a new job.
“The coaching staff was great,” Larsen said. “They pretty much taught me the position and I’m trying to be a student of the game and watch as many guys as I can watch and try to be a better player.”
Larsen won the starting job at center his junior year, taking the field for 730 snaps. Even though he never played the position, Larsen entered his junior year as part of the Rimington Trophy Watch list, which is awarded to the nation’s top center.
A year later, Larsen was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team pick. He started 12 games at center, had 89 knockdowns graded 82.75 percent for blocking consistency.