By Mickey Furfari
For The Register-Herald
Quinton Spain is listed as the starting left tackle on West Virginia University’s offensive line as the Sept. 1 season opener against Marshall draws closer.
The 6-foot-5, 335-pound redshirt sophomore from Petersburg, Va., was moved from the right side in spring practice.
“It makes no difference to me, but I am comfortable playing left tackle,” he said.
“And I think I can be more effective playing at 335 pounds.”
Spain made just one start last season, but he saw action in all 13 games. He added depth at both tackle and guard.
“I did trim my weight down to a good playing weight,” Spain admitted. “I feel better at 335 pounds.
“Last year when they moved me to the right side, I thought I really had to compete. But this year, I moved to the left tackle position and have been there awhile.
“So I knew I could compete. Now I believe that I can do well on either side.”
No. 2 on the depth chart behind Spain is Nick Kindler, a 6-6, 298-pound redshirt junior. He also has played in 13 games.
Spain does believe the offensive line will be even better than it was a year ago. He pointed out that it is missing just one starter from last year.
“I’m really used to being on the line,” he continued. “I have been there for awhile, so I know I’m capable of competing with anyone.”
Like his teammates, Spain believes the whole offense will be stronger and more productive in the Big 12 Conference. Some observers think West Virginia could finish as high as second or third in that conference.
Spain saw action in 266 plays as a redshirt freshman last year. He allowed only one sack all year. He logged a season-high 44 plays in the Connecticut game.
Spain participated in 15 plays against Clemson in the 70-33 romp in the 2012 Orange Bowl victory.
He was credited with a total of 15 knock downs.
The Petersburg High School graduate played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game.