CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A week-plus ago at Florida Atlantic, Marshall offensive lineman Garrett Scott knew he might be flipping his right tackle spot to the left, and was preparing for such during the week.
But when he was flipped the second possession of that game, he didn't know he was going to spend the rest of the game there. And he didn't know he was being groomed to start on the left for the near future, if not the rest of the season.
But there he was for three-plus quarters at FAU. And barring a change in heart, Scott will start there Thursday night when the Thundering Herd visits Middle Tennessee for a made-for-Fox Sports 1 contest. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
A few days after game, Herd coach Doc Holliday cited Scott's athletic ability in moving him over to replace Gage Niemeyer. While Niemeyer played in the first 10 offensive snaps, Rakeem Cato was sacked once and nearly sacked on the following play - a third-and-18 that led to a punt.
The other part of the puzzle: Clint Van Horn is deemed ready to start at right tackle. The Beckley native has continually drawn praise from the beginning of preseason camp on, and coaches are rewarding him.
Scott started his MU career on the left side and started all 13 games in the 2011 season at left guard. So it might be easier to make the flip from right tackle to left, right?
"Oh, it's hard," Scott said. "Trying to get my feet back under me, flipping all the plays in my head. That's kind of difficult sometimes; sometimes it's confusing when you're flipping all of the plays."
Position coach Alex Mirabal can attest.
"[It's] extremely [tough], because your flipping everything not only in your mind, but also from a footwork standpoint, from a hand placement standpoint," he said. "Luckily, he's a really good athlete and luckily, he cares about his technique and cares about his footwork.
"But it is difficult, it's not easy. There are some guys who can't play the left side."
The retooled line settled in as the FAU game went on, contributing to the 167-total yard fourth quarter and, ultimately, the 24-23 comeback victory. The Herd didn't commit a turnover or give up a sack in the final three quarters.