“Consistent,” Kalis said. “I have to be more consistent. A lot of that was being young [last season]. But half through the year I couldn’t blame my youngness anymore. After you play a couple games you’re not considered a young guy anymore. You’re a guy who has played a lot of football.” Kalis, who started eight games last season at right guard, is looking to bounce back in second year in the offense. A reason behind his struggle last season was simply knowing the plays, he said.
“For me it was just learning the plays,” Kalis said. “And now I know the plays. I can recite them off like that like a book. That’s been the biggest change for me.”
A part of his upward learning curve is the new simplified terminology in first year offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier’s playbook.
“I think his system is easier terminology,” Kalis said. “It’s easier to grasp. Everyone is doing a good job of that. I think internally for myself personally, I just take it upon myself to be the guy that someone can come up to and ask a question.
“Last year I wasn’t that guy. I was depending on [Michael Schofield’s] call or Graham [Glasgow’s] call. I’m that guy this year. I’m excited for that.”
However, despite being one of the more experienced players returning on the offensive line, Kalis says he is taking nothing for granted – not even a starting spot this fall.
“You definitely have to earn a position,” Kalis said. “… Everyone is competing. Everyone is trying to get that spot.”