By Mickey Furfari
For The Register-Herald
Curtis Feigt grew up in Berlin, Germany, came to the United States, attended Mercerburg Academy, and now is a redshirt junior on West Virginia University’s football squad.
After being tried at a defensive line position, the 6-foot-7, 316-pounder was moved to offensive tackle in 2001 and saw action in four games. He’s now taking some reps with the first team at tackle in fall camp.
Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh explains that more depth allows different combinations up front.
“The problem that happened to us (last year) was wearing down in practice. We weren’t wearing down in games. We didn’t have enough quality guys to practice with and to get quality plays off.
“You don’t wear down in the games. You wear down in practices. Right now, the first group will go four plays with the first team, and then the second four plays will be (Pat) Eger at right guard, Feigt at right tackle and Joe Madsen at center. The third group of plays will be Feigt at right tackle, Pat at right guard, and Jeff Braun at center.
“Now we’re going to start that (rotation) on the left side.”
Feigt said, “I am comfortable now (on offense). I thought it’d be a good fresh start. Maybe I can work my way up. It is a motivational boost for me.
“You need to have a feel for what’s going on around you. I started against Pitt last season and it felt like my first game. I was kind of nervous.”
Feigt said he did not hesitate to move from defense to offense because “I feel you have got to trust the authorities and move.”
He’s glad he did.
“I am improved over there,” Feigt added. “But switching from the D-line to O-line was like my whole body had to change.”
Once he learned the plays, he settled in and started getting into the swing in his new role.
“I am really happy here now,” Feigt admitted. “But I just have to improve at the faster pace.”