Whether Underwood is a viable candidate right away at the position is a great unknown, of course, until he arrives this summer.
"It's recruiting, which means we try and make the best decisions that we possibly can, but you really don't know what you are going to get until they are here practicing,'' Holgorsen said. "We thought enough about Stone to recruit him as a center. We knew we were thin at that position. We had no returning center coming back. The three guys that snapped the ball in the fall are all gone.
"You've got to have two to three centers on your team. It is like the quarterback position. If you have two, you get nervous so you really need to have three guys that can snap anyways. We're trying to develop two guys that we feel good about and will add him to the equation and add all three to compete in the fall, and then we will make a decision on who is one, two and three.''
"It's incredibly disappointing to see coming off his redshirt year. He has so much upside,'' Holgorsen said. "He was showing more improvement than any other offensive lineman that we had. He's a big, 6-foot-5, 315-pound guy that was moving phenomenally.''
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