At 6 foot 3 inches tall, and lacking the typical wide girth of an offensive lineman, Hroniss Grasu doesn’t seem to fit the mold of an all conference starting center.
For Grasu though, having typical size doesn’t seem to matter.
Nor, quite honestly, does it seem to be that important.
He’ll tell you his consistent success at Oregon comes from his speed, conditioning and strength.
This Saturday against Nicholls State, the redshirt junior will make his 28th consecutive start at center which is pretty amazing considering the pace at which Oregon’s offense runs, not to mention the size of defensive tackles he faces.
When asked about his streak of 28 consecutive starts and the amount of comfort he now enjoys in this Oregon offense, Grasu just smiles with little sense of personal achievement.
“I wasn’t that comfortable even in my freshman year” Grasu say’s.
“Especially after that LSU game,…I can’t say I was comfortable for that game. But after that, I got more comfortable after every single week,…and now I have to get more comfortable being the vocal guy out there,…helping out Marcus on the offense and being the vocal leader and getting the guys going.”
Grasu’s comfort has led to continued success and its shown in the win column.
In Grasu’s tenure as a starter, he’s won 25 games and played in two consecutive BCS bowls – the Rose in 2011 and the Fiesta in 2012.
And while Oregon has had extremely successful offensive lines over the last two years, Grasu thinks this line from the 2013 squad might even be better.
“We’re big, we’re fast and we’re athletic” explained Grasu.
“We gel very well,…we communicate very well. We have a very strong relationship across the line.”
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