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Carl Albert must replace all of its skill position players

For the first time in his career, Titans coach Gary Rose has to replace all of his skill position players at once after graduation took the Titans' starting quarterback, receiver, runnings backs and tight ends. Carl Albert does have a solid group of linemen returning, though.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 25, 2012

Gary Rose has been coaching a long time.

But Carl Albert's coach has never had to go through anything like what he's faced since the end of last season.

For the first time in his career, Rose has to replace all of his skill position players at once after graduation took the Titans' starting quarterback, receiver, runnings backs and tight ends.

“Never,” Rose said. “If I say to someone that I don't have any of those guys returning: ‘Oh, you're lying.' We don't though. We've got some potential this year. We've got some young kids that, if they come on, we can be pretty good.”

What Carl Albert does have returning, though, is a solid group of linemen on each side.

The group is anchored by seniors Kyler Walker and Caleb Holland, and junior center Gavin LaValley and tight end Chantz Woodberry figure to give the inexperienced backfield some time to work.

Holland has moved to tackle from guard, and LaValley has moved from tackle to center.

“We think Woodberry's going to be pretty special for us,” Rose said.

The Titans also have some depth up front, with Rose hoping that Blaire Ring, Cory McCalister, Anthony Woods and Tre Wilson will allow them to give players a break when needed.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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