AT THE FRONT LINES WITH MARK SYVLESTER
Do you prefer run-blocking or pass-blocking?
Run-blocking. I love when I get to pull and just knock someone over. I'm more of a power player.
How tough is it working on your third offense in three years?
It's somewhat tough. Having a new coach my senior year was real tough, but we're in the right direction. The team really bought into the program. (Coach Almeida) is a great guy and an awesome coach who prepares us every week for battle.
How is learning a new offense as a lineman differ from if you were a skill position player?
This year we did a whole new blocking scheme. This year it's single block and pulling.
Q & A WITH COACH ROBERT ALMEIDA
What does Mark mean to your team?
I don't think there is a better lineman in the conference than him. He's a dominant player on both sides of the ball. He's clearly our best football player. He brings a level of toughness.
How is working under a new system?
He is extremely intelligent. He has a great understanding of football knowledge. He's working on his third different offense in the past three years. He is the brains of our front seven.
How effective is his offensive line play?
He's an extremely good guard blocker, what I would call rare. He does well on linebackers. He pulls and traps as well as anybody I've seen.
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