We’re now just 71 days away from Penn State football and I’m sure you all, like myself, are champing at the bit.
What that means, is that today is Will Fries day.
The redshirt sophomore out of Cranford, New Jersey should be firmly in the conversation for one of the two starting tackle spots opposite Ryan Bates in 2018.
Fries, who committed to Penn State over schools like Michigan, Clemson and Miami, is an absolute unit standing a 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds.
After redshirting in 2019, he appeared in all 13 games last season, starting nine at various positions across the line. Fries positional versatility was on full display as he saw time at right guard, right tackle and left tackle due to injuries.
With Michal Menet expected by many to step in at right guard, Fries will likely compete with Chasz Wright for the tackle spot opposite Bates, who could play either right or left tackle.
Fries has shown the ability to bulldoze opponents in the run game and move his feet well in pass protection. His long arms allow him to engage defenders before they can get ahold of him, making him tough beat for opposing pass rushers.
With Penn State finally appearing to have depth and strength on the offensive line, it will be interesting to watch Fries progress in 2018.