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LeRibeus At Home In Zone-Blocking Scheme

Posted May 1, 2012

LeRibeus played almost exclusively in a man-blocking system at Southern Methodist University, but feels ready to make the transition to zone.


When the Redskins drafted Josh LeRibeus with the 71st overall selection in the draft, they had to project how he would adapt to a zone-blocking scheme.

Head coach Mike Shanahan has perfected the system, using smaller, more athletic linemen that move laterally and block downfield. 

LeRibeus played almost exclusively in a man-blocking system at Southern Methodist University, but feels ready to make the transition to zone.

"I love it," LeRibeus told the media in his draft day conference call.  "We did a lot of it at the [East-West] Shrine game.  Definitely feels more at home."

During his college days with the Mustangs, LeRibeus would take the snap from a two-point stance.  In Washington, he'll have one hand in the dirt, allowing him to take advantage of his physical nature.

"I play with a lot of strength and aggression," he said.  "The three-point stance is just exploding off of the ball, and it's definitely something I feel more comfortable with."

Head coach Mike Shanahan told the media after the draft that he had LeRibeus ranked high on his board, and sees him as a good fit in Washington.

"Here’s a guy that has pretty good size, does have quickness, plays the center or guard position, and is extremely bright," Shanahan explained.  "We’re very happy to get him."