Arizona senior center Colin Baxter has a little problem.
There’s nothing wrong with his health or his reputation. He’s ready to go for Friday’s opener at Toledo, and he has picked up all manner of preseason All-American honors, including recent second-team honors from Rivals.com and third-team honors from CBS Sports.com.
He’s a team captain. He’s probably the “nastiest” of the offensive linemen, according to quarterback Nick Foles.
Here’s the thing: He’s listed at 6-4 and 295 pounds … but he might not really be that tall … and that could be the problem. Not for this season at Arizona, but his future beyond it in the NFL. He and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh admit that.
“Everybody looks at that,” Bedenbaugh said of height.
“Colin is right at 6-3. He does a heck of a job for us, but, obviously, if you get a guy as talented as him, you’d like him as tall and as big as could be.”
While Baxter spent the offseason getting bigger and stronger under the direction of strength coach Corey Edmond — five days a week — he admits with a chuckle, “It’s hard to make myself grow taller.”
He lists his positive attributes: “Hard work. I’m tough. I don’t get hurt. Play hard. All those kinds of things. And I feel like I’m a pretty smart player, but I’m a little on the small side.”