Switching from one offensive tackle spot to the other doesn’t seem like it should be that hard. The problem is, players have to do everything backward. Everything from stance to first steps are opposite of each other. Wayzata’s Jac Carver has successfully made the switch once. He will likely be asked to make the switch again for his senior year.
It was a season of near misses for the Trojans in 2018.
“There were some things we could improve on,” Carver said. “Most of the games we lost, we lost by only a few points. I think we can build off last year.”
The offensive tackle played a big part in Wayzata’s offensive strength.
“We run a lot of run/pass option stuff, so run blocking has to be a strong suit for our offensive line,” Carver said. “We had great running backs, and our run blocking helped the team a lot.”
Carver is most comfortable blocking for the run game.
“It was my first year starting, so there is room to improve, but I thought my run blocking was my strong suit. I could pass pro when we needed it, but we ran more so I had more time to develop those skills, so I felt more comfortable with it.”
Carver has been an offensive tackle his entire career.
“I played left tackle until high school; then I switched to right tackle in high school. Last season I played right tackle, and next year I am going to flip back over to left tackle.”
Getting used to moving back to the left side has been a focus for Carver this offseason.
“When we do offensive workouts, I have been working on my left-handed stance instead of my right-handed stance. I am also looking into doing a two-point stance. Right now, a two-point feels more comfortable on the left side. I am not sure if I am going to stick with that. We will see how it goes.”
For the last two years, Carver has been a three-sport athlete.
“I joined wrestling my sophomore year. Obviously, that helps with footwork and body control for football. That was one of the main reasons I joined wrestling. My sophomore year, I just kind of got thrown out there on varsity. This year I was 26-19, and that doubled my win total from last year. I throw discus and shot put in the spring. I have been in track since I was in seventh grade. My personal record went up by 30 feet this year in the discus, and I improved my shot put by almost three feet.”
With the track season in the rearview mirror, Carver’s focus has switched to football the Trojan Power workout program.
“We do about an hour to an hour and a half in the weight room and then work on agility after that.”
As far as football skills go, Carver – who enjoys volunteering with the football and track youth programs – is preparing for the position change.
“I am working a lot on my footwork – right ends are quicker typically – so I have to be able to get into better position. That has been my focus.”
College programs have taken notice of the 6’6″ 300-pound lineman.
“I went to the Minnesota camp, the Iowa State camp and the South Dakota State camp,” Carver told northstarfootballnews.com. “I have two offers; one from the University of Mary, and then Northern State offered earlier this month.”
“I went to a couple of junior days at South Dakota State, Iowa State, and North Dakota, but I have not been able to get out to the University of Mary or Northern State,” Carver continued. “I am hoping to get out to each this summer, so I check out the campuses.”
Winona State and South Dakota State have also shown interest in Carver.
“The different schools have said they like my film and my physicality,” Carver said.
If his work pays off this summer, colleges will also like his versatility.