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Jason Spitz

Not many All-Conference players are asked to change positions during the offseason, but that's just what happened to <B>Jason Spitz</b> and the senior spoke with InsidetheVille.com about the transition.

Senior Jason Spitz broke into Louisville's offensive line starting unit as a redshirt freshman in 2002 and has been a staple ever since, making 25 consecutive starts. He's experienced it all. He played a large role on an offensive line that allowed 43 sacks in 2002, but has gone on to develop into one of the nation's finest.

However, the two-time All-Conference USA selection was asked to make a change during the offseason. Despite being a starting guard for the past two seasons, Spitz agreed to move to the center position that was vacated by a graduating Will Rabatin.

"It was something that we needed to do to make the line better," Spitz explained. "I was able to help the team out a little bit by moving to center. It let us get our fifth best guy on the line, so the move will be good for us. We should be a pretty good line again this year."

The Jacksonville, Florida native hasn't had much difficulty making the transition during spring practice and realizes that he will most likely have a NFL career at that position.

"The position is new to me, but playing the offensive line is all pretty much all the same," said the 6-foot-4, 308-pound Spitz. "There's not much to change really. It will help me out in the long run, because it makes me more versatile."

His willingness to do anything for the team doesn't end when practice ends or the game is over. The younger members of the offensive line, such as sophomore Danny Barlowe, often turn to him for help when stumped on a drill or certain alignment.

"If he has a question about something we are doing, even if it is 10:30 at night, he'll call me," explained Spitz. "I don't mind that at all...I respect that really. Some of the younger guys look up to me and Travis [Leffew] because we've been here for awhile. As seniors, we should help the younger guys."

He sumed up his approach to his senior season perfectly. "Anything I can do to help this team, I'll do."

Spitz still has months to go until he will make his first start at center, but that hasn't stopped others mentioning his name as one of the nation's best at the position.

In early March, Spitz was named to the Rimington List, an annual award that goes to the most outstanding center in the country.

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