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2013 Virginia Football Roster Profile: Sean Cascarano

With 79 days remaining until kickoff, its time to profile #79, senior OL Sean Cascarano. The Illinois native could end up being a big part of our offense this year. Or, he could find himself on the bench if the OL continues to struggle.

Geoff Burke

Position: OG/OT
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 280
Hometown: Glenview, IL
High School: Glenrbook South High School
Twitter: @Castro7Nine

Cascarano was a two-way player in HS, but was recruited solely as an OL. Being a Midwest kid, he had offers from much of the Big Ten, as well as Duke and (strangely) Arizona. Everybody, including Virginia, had him recruited as an OT. Rivals rated him as a high 3-star recruit and the #40 OT in the nation. ESPN did not rate him.

Sean began his UVA career at OT, and saw some time on the right side in 2010 after a redshirt year. 2011 was a strange year as Sean played RG, LG, RT and LT, but only saw time in 6 games. Then, in 2012, he moved into the starting lineup at Right Guard. Despite the position move, Sean is still listed at OT, and was given a chance to win the RT job this spring. Possibly through no fault of his own, Sean is still penciled in at RG.

Sean is a bit of a tweener, not really athletic enough to be great at OT, and not really strong enough to be great at OG. While he was solid at times last season, Cascarano was part of the problem with the OL as a whole. While he is a mauler, he sometimes has problems getting a consistent push against better DTs. His height may be a problem, and is likely why he was initially slotted at OT.

Cascarano is in an interesting place. He's in his 5th year in the program and 2nd year as a starter, but he isn't really at his ideal position. The interior of our OL struggled last year and then was horrible in the spring. Cascarano could hold the RG job for the entire season, or he could move to RT if Jay Whitmire struggles, or he could lose his starting gig to an underclassman and find himself as a backup. His performance on the OL could well be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful offense.