According to Luke, the Vikings made the change to take advantage of Vascura’s athletic ability.
“He really fits the bill of what we want from our tackles,’’ Luke said. “When you are playing inside, like he was last year, there is limited space and you have help on either side of you. Now, he is playing our open end tackle spot, and we need an athlete that can run and be physical enough to capture that edge for us.’’
Vascura admitted he had an idea he was making the move before the season even started.
“Last year, I was in coach (Dan) Hile’s class and he kind of hinted around about during school,’’ said Vascura of his offensive line coach. “So, I was kind of expecting it and when we started two-a-days this year, it happened.’’
And what does he see as the biggest difference between center and tackle, besides snapping the football?
“The center is more a muscle-man position — you have to do a lot of grunt work down there,’’ Vascura said. “At tackle, you are playing on the edge and being athletic, and/or faster, is important. You have to be a little quicker to get to your blocks.
“You are also on your own when you are playing on the edge. When you make a mistake, things will really stick out.’’
And while the offensive line is where Vascura is a three-year starter, he admits that he likes playing on the defensive line just a little more.
“You get to hit people and tackle on defense,’’ he said. “That’s a little more exciting.’’
So, does he give more effort on defense?
“Oh no,’’ Vascura said. “You have to go just as hard on both sides of the ball. I can’t favor one side or the other, because that will weakened that entire side of the ball.’’