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November 15, 2012

Kirsch may start final game at RMU

Senior Alex Kirsch has been at Robert Morris for three years and ten games and has never started a game.

That could all change Saturday at home against Monmouth, the last game of the season.

Kirsch, a 6-foot-3, 290 pound offensive lineman from Eastern Technical high school in Baltimore, could start at left tackle with A.J. Dalton out of the lineup. Despite never starting a game, Kirsch has played in a few games throughout his RMU career including going in last weekend at Sacred Heart. But Kirsch knows starting and coming in the middle of games are different things and thinks his time on the field will be limited if he makes mistakes.

"I think I've got a leg up but if I screw up I know I'm on a tight leash and (Tyler) Digby will come in for me," he said.

Does being on a "tight leash" affect his ability to prepare and stay focused on the field?

"I think it'll help me play more angry," Kirsch said. "I'm going to leave it all out on the field and go out there and play hard 100 percent. I think playing (angry) is going to help me."

Kirsch said he is familiar and comfortable with the tackle position despite being a guard for nearly the past two years. As a freshman and sophomore, Kirsch said he was a tackle and switched to guard at the coaching staff's request. The two positions aren't too different, he said.

"The only difference is the people you're going against," he said. "The guys you face at guard are bigger and stronger but at tackle you have to use more quickness for the faster guys."

Kirsch said that coming out of high school he had a few opportunities to play elsewhere closer to home, like Towson University and Salisbury University, but chose Robert Morris.

"At Towson the coaches left my senior year so that really led me to here. I liked the coaches here and I'm a business major and I knew that we had a very good business school so that also played a big factor," he said.

Kirsch said he knows this will likely be the last game he ever plays but won't rule out putting football in his life in other ways, like coaching.

"I haven't really thought too much about my future," he said. "But if something like that would present itself, it's something I think would be pretty cool."

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