A former 5-star prospect out of Pace Academy, Salyer has been a work in progress since his arrival. He started at right tackle in the Sugar Bowl in the absence of NFL-defector Isaiah Wilson, but the majority of his snaps the past two seasons have been at guard. Both his career starts (the other one came against Murray State last year) have been at right tackle, but there remains talk of Salyer being in the mix at left tackle.

The playing time opportunities along the offensive line coupled with the uncertainty about Salyer’s overall prospects are why Salyer calls this season “the one I’ve been waiting for.”

“I’ve put a lot into this season,” Salyer said in a Zoom call with reporters this week. “I feel like you guys and everybody deserves to see the work that I put in because I feel like I know what I can do. I’m excited for the season. It’s an opportunity I’ve been waiting for, being a guy who was here two years and sat behind two great players — two first-rounders. And I feel like this is the season for me to try to go out and prove myself and do a lot of things that people say I can’t do. I’m really excited for the opportunity.”

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