COLLEGE STATION, Texas — One of the best graduation gifts Texas A&M offensive lineman Michael Shumard received after earning a degree in educational human resource last December was being moved back to guard after a trying season at tackle.
"I feel a thousand times more comfortable at guard,” Shumard said. "That’s what I was recruited to play. (But) I stepped out to tackle, and I will play tackle if I need to.”
He worked out at guard in spring drills and has spent fall camp there.
"I think Shumard is more of a natural guard in his ability to pull and be light on his feet,” said Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman, who was an offensive line coach for several years.
The 6-foot-5, 301-pound Shumard didn’t have too many good experiences at tackle.
"You have to be so athletic,” Shumard said. "And you are always by yourself. You don’t have help.”
Last season was extremely tough year to play tackle when A&M played five all-conference defensive ends in Ian Campbell of Kansas State, Sergio Kindle and Brian Orakpo of Texas, Jeremy Beal of Oklahoma and Brandon Williams of Texas Tech.
"Going against some of the best defensive ends in the country play after play after play — mentally it breaks you down,” Shumard said. "And that was something I didn’t recover from well last year.”
McClatchy-Tribune News Service