Washington spring practice, Day 2: What are the Huskies’ options on the offensive line?
Nate Kalepo, Julius Buelow and Geirean Hatchett appear the primary competitors for the two starting guard spots
SEATTLE — Hey, there’s Geirean Hatchett at right guard. No surprise. That job is vacant following the departure of Henry Bainivalu, and Hatchett, a four-star recruit in the 2020 class, should be right in the middle of the competition.
Hey, there’s Hatchett at center. Not all that surprising, either. He’s practiced there before, so it makes sense that he would take some reps with the No. 2 offense behind projected starter Matteo Mele.
Hey … there’s Hatchett at … right tackle? Hmm, OK. Jaxson Kirkland appeared recently on the world’s highest-rated Washington Huskies podcast and mentioned he’d seen Hatchett take reps at tackle last season, but I’m not sure I expected to see him rep three positions in a single practice.
Then again, that’s what the spring is for, and Hatchett’s mind allows him to be versatile.
“He’s really smart. He’s really athletic,” said offensive line coach Scott Huff. “It’s a credit to him, because it’s not easy to have to play all these different spots. We certainly recognize that. We’re just trying to push the envelope as much as we can — not just him, but with all the guys.”