Redshirt freshman Cody Gibson is on track to be in the starting lineup against Kentucky.
Gibson (6-6, 284) is working as the starter at right tackle, he said Wednesday.
Mike Matulis started in place of the injured Kyle Nunn (back) last week before being replaced by Gibson. Defensive ends who using speed moves were Gibson’s biggest problem last week, he said, and that is what he has focused on this week in practice.
Gibson, who is from Tallahassee, Fla., missed more than two weeks of practice this year due to a dislocated knee cap. He played 40 snaps against Auburn.
He was named the Most Improved Offensive Lineman in the spring.
Talk about starting there this week in a pretty important SEC game.
It's very important. I’ve been practicing hard this week trying to get ready for it.
Talk about your road back from the injury, to rehab, to being in the starting lineup.
It means a lot. I didn’t think I could recover that fast from it and get back to playing full speed. And I'm still working on it.
How frustrating was the injury and the rehab?
It was really frustrating because I came into camp wanting to compete for a starting spot and it kind of set me back. Right now I’m just trying to get back in there and play.
The O-line took some criticism after the loss to Auburn. Did you guys meet this week about needing to play better?
We got together this week, trying to get everybody working in a groove so we pick up every block the right way.
Are you more comfortable practicing this week knowing you're going to start at right tackle?
Each practice I have to work hard and compete, because Mike Matulis is good too. The competition between us, whoever plays best during the week is going to get the spot.
What do you know about Kentucky?
They like to play a lot of odd front, and load up the box.
How exciting is it to get in a big game like this?
It’s really exciting. My parents are coming up here. It’s an SEC game – an SEC East game – it doesn’t get any better than that.