Arizona LT Friekh eager to make a difference with 'whole new O-line'

The senior had to miss the first two games as an NCAA penalty

I wrote Monday about changes on the Arizona offensive line, a domino effect started by the return of senior left tackle Layth Friekh.

He had to miss the first two games as a penalty for the restoration of a year of eligibility originally lost when he played sparingly as a true freshman.

"Really tough," he said of having to watch the first two games from home. "Watching all my guys go out there and do their best. ... The saying is true, you don't know what you have until you lose it. That's been true the past two weeks. ...

"It's more or less just frustration. At least when you lose together, you're with the team. Staying at home, knowing you could help, knowing you could make a difference, it sucks."

Friekh has been working on the scout team but is ready to go Saturday against Southern Utah.

He said he is eager to get his legs back during the game at Arizona Stadium as the Wildcats look for their first victory after opening with losses to BYU and Houston.

With Friekh (34 career starts) back in the picture, his two-game replacement, true freshman Donovan Laie is expected to move to right tackle, with right tackle Cody Creason going to left guard.

"It's like a whole new O-line now," Friekh said. "Hopefully, we get our communication down. The left tackle has to trust the left guard, the right tackle has to trust the right guard, to be a good O-line. Hopefully, we get that done and continue growing."

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