Legursky to start Steelers' preseason finale, season opener at right guard
August 31, 2011 10:15 PM
Steelers guard Doug Legursky spikes the ball after a Rashard Mendenhall touchdown last season against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field.
By Gerry Dulac Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In what has a become revolving door at the position for the second year in a row, Doug Legursky will start at right guard in Thursday night's preseason finale in Carolina and, barring injury, will also open the regular season as the starter against the Baltimore Ravens.
Converted tackle Tony Hills started the previous two preseason games at right guard and looked as though he was in line to be the starter. But, after last week's game against the Atlanta Falcons, it was determined he lacked the experience and total understanding of the position.
Legursky, who is also the backup center, started four games at right guard last season after Trai Essex began the season as the starter. Essex returned from injury and started three more games, but he was eventually replaced by Ramon Foster for the rest of the season.
Curiously, Foster has not started any of the preseason games at right guard and is not really considered in the mix.
Legursky (6-1, 315) is the team's smallest offensive lineman, but the coaches think he understands the offense and reads defenses better than any of his linemates, even Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.