2018 Season Countdown: #83 Chuck Filiaga

2018 Season Countdown: #83 Chuck Filiaga


June 18, 2018

Chuck Filiaga (image via Rivals)

Name: Chuck Filiaga
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 345 lbs.
High school: Aledo (TX) Aledo
Position: Offensive tackle/offensive guard
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #66
Last year: I ranked Filiaga #70 and said he would be a backup offensive tackle (LINK). He redshirted.

This is a rare occurrence for a highly ranked offensive lineman to actually drop down the chart in year two, but there is a reason, whether you agree or not. Filiaga was highly ranked coming out of high school in 2017, but he was always a guy who needed to a) refine his technique and b) reshape his body. Filiaga was hidden on the bench last season even when the offensive line was really struggling, and there was not much buzz filtering out of Schembechler Hall about him this off-season. He still has potential, but I don’t expect him to be a major factor this season, and he might be limited to offensive guard due to a lack of mobility. Meanwhile, freshmen Jalen Mayfield and Ryan Hayes are more athletic, and Hayes has the flexibility to be a blocking tight end this season.

Prediction: Backup offensive guard

3 comments

  1. Comments: 835
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    je93
    Jun 18, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    Ouch. Even the Tackles we land aren’t Tackles

    • Comments: 1166
      Joined: 8/13/2015
      Roanman
      Jun 19, 2018 at 7:35 AM

      He was never a left tackle, and still may be a right tackle. Lot’s of guys who end up at right tackle at the college level start out at guard, usually right guard.

      That he’s not a top six guy as a redshirt freshman is not unusual or even indicative of anything other than we are set inside. He isn’t getting past Onwenu as long as Onwenu is on campus. I’d like to see him get some right guard snaps this year, lock in some technique, get fitter and compete for a top 6 spot next year.

    • Thunder
      Comments: 2541
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jun 19, 2018 at 7:54 AM

      He could still end up at tackle, but I don’t think that will be his primary position this year.

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