Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State. Marshal Yanda, Iowa. Now, maybe theyll have a little bet going for Sept. 8s game between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes, but since theyre both Ravens and both offensive linemen, the veteran Yanda has been helping school the rookie Osemele.
It has been invaluable, the experience he brings to the table, Osemele told the Des Moines Register. It is remarkable because he was in the same position six years ago. He has been there and done that. He is a successful guy, and he knows how to play the right way.
Yanda, a Pro Bowl guard, said hes liked what hes seen of Osemele, who has spent time as the first-team right tackle.
He definitely has the necessary tools to play in this league, Yanda said. I think he works hard. He gets it.
Osemele said he has had to work hard, even harder than he imagined when it comes to off-the-field preparation.
The playbook is definitely more complicated than I thought it would be, he said. There is a lot more meeting time because of that. It is a lot more preparation than I thought it would be.
And theres one more thing that has been unexpected fans so rabid that they know Osemele when hes out in public.
An offensive lineman to be recognized out in public, Osemele said, that has been pretty surprising to me. Also, the passion around the community and how people rally around the Ravens. It is a pretty good fan base.