Former Enterprise standout Noah Shattuck is going into his redshirt freshman season at Tennessee State University battling it out to try and earn a starting position on the offensive line.
Shattuck – who was a star offensive tackle at Enterprise – moved to offensive guard as a freshman and is flourishing as his second year at the position begins.
“My first year went pretty good,” Shattuck said. “I redshirted and was mainly on scout team, but I got better every day and I was one of those guys that the team looked to when they needed somebody to give the defense a good look.”
Shattuck said his transition to guard was eased by Tennessee State offensive line coach Russ Ehrenfeld.
“The way that our offensive line coach teaches here all relates to the same things whether you’re a center, guard or tackle,” Shattuck emphasized. “He wants what’s best for you and makes sure you get better everyday.”
Ehrenfeld said that Shattuck has embraced the move, as well.
“What we do is pretty simple and I think that’s the same with most college teams right now,” he said. “You should be able to play multiple positions and we teach our guards to play center, our tackles to play guard and vice versa.
“With Noah, we felt like we could move him inside and have him playing in a tighter area and that would help us and overall help the team.”
Ehrenfeld said that Shattuck really stepped it up in the offseason and has dedicated himself to getting better.
“I think the biggest thing with Noah is that coming in this time last year he just wasn’t ready physically,” Ehrenfeld said. “He made a commitment after the first of the year where has worked really hard and been really diligent to try and change his body.
“He’s done a fantastic job and we expect him to be a guy that can contribute for us this fall and help us win.”
Shattuck said that the biggest difference he sees in his game since arriving on campus is the speed in which he fires off the ball now.
“The biggest difference has been how fast I move now when the ball is snapped,” he said. “The speed of the game is a little slower at the high school level, so I had to learn quick how to get faster off the ball and get to my assignments.”
Joining Shattuck on the TSU offensive line are returning All-Ohio Valley Conference selections Thomas Burton and Raekwon Allen along junior college transfer Will James and Kansas transfer Cam Durley.
“As a staff we’re excited about the group that we have,” Ehrenfeld said. “We have a good group and a good nucleus of guys that have played and some younger guys, too. A really good mix.”
Shattuck said that his goal for 2019 is pretty simple.
“My goals are to win an OVC Championship and make it to the playoffs and win a national championship,” he emphatically said.