Right guard Jacob Alsadek crashes Pac-12’s top 15 breakout players
The dirty work done in the trenches by the big nasties of the offensive line is usually ignored by the media. In the rare occasion when they gain notoriety, the fame is usually reserved for the left tackles who protect a quarterback’s blindside. However, the Pac-12’s top 15 players to watch, according to Athlon sports., features Arizona right guard Jacob Alsadek.
The 6-foot-7, 318-pounder stepped on campus as a tackle, but moved to guard since he has the athleticism to play in space and pull around the line. After a redshirt in his true freshman year, Alsadek has started the last two seasons and developed into the anchor of the Wildcats offensive line.
Growing pains translate to later gains
Earlier in his career, Alsadek was a raw player who won with size rather than technique. Through experience and tutelage from offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, Alsadek transformed his game, telling the Arizona Daily Star .
Mentally, everything starts to slow down. You start to understand everything better. You understand plays. You understand the whole play. You learn the whole schemes, not just what you have to do.
Coach Michalczik is particularly impressed with his star pupil, especially given how far away he was early in his career:
“He’s very confident. He’s a guy that had to play early and wasn’t ready. He’s working hard to improve his game to take it up another notch. … He’s a guy who’s gotten by by being competitive and just fighting his butt off to get the job done. He’s working to take the next step of becoming a good lineman – to be able to use technique, leverage.
The NFL will eventually come calling
Alsadek’s maturation has certainly caught the eye of NFL scouts and coaches. Given his size, athleticism and work ethic, it’s safe to assume he’ll have the opportunity to make the leap to the next level after a good junior season.
But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and just enjoy a dominant collegiate offensive lineman who is finally getting recognized for his play.