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March 29, 2013

Spring Preview: Offensive Line

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At one time depth on the offensive line was a major concern, however 2013 looks solid for the big fellas in the trenches. A very strong recruiting class in 2012 has helped not only immediately, but with depth as well. This year the offensive line could be a big strength for the Beavers.

RETURNING CONTRIBUTORS & KEY LOSSES

Only one starter graduates, right tackle Colin Kelly. True sophomore Gavin Andrews is penciled in at #1 on the depth chart heading into spring camp.

Returning contributors include four starters from last years squad including Isaac Seumalo, Michael Philipp, Josh Andrews, and Grant Enger. Andrews and Josh Mitchell also saw spot duty.

QUESTION HEADING INTO CAMP

The offensive line may have less question marks this spring than in years past. Obviously it will be critical for the Beavers to determine if Gavin Andrews is the right fit at right tackle and they will also be assessing the rest of the unit to determine who the best back-ups may be.

Coach Cavanaugh also likes the linemen to be versatile and be able to play multiple positions on the line. Josh Mitchell for example is already slotted on the depth chart at center and left guard. Expect to see several of the linemen move around this spring to find the best fit overall.

2013 signee Sean Harlow graduated early and will join the team this spring. Another new face is David Keller who transferred from Fresno State last fall and he did not take part in fall camp.

PRESSURE IS ON

Really, the pressure isn't all that hot on any player heading into spring camp. Justin Addie and Roman Sapolu may feel some pressure as the young guys are right at their heels, but youth is on the line's side with some very talented players in the mix.

Garrett Weinreich will miss spring as he continues to rehab his knee after suffering a season ending injury during fall camp last August. He was on the track to play before the injury. Also limited this spring is Chase Eldredge who is also coming back from a knee injury.

PRE-CAMP DEPTH CHART
LEFT TACKLE
1.Michael Philipp RS SR Last year's starter
2. David Keller SO Transfer
3. Garrett Weinreich RS FR Will miss spring recovering from knee injury in August
4. Sean Harlow FR New freshman enrolling early
LEFT GUARD
1. Josh Andrews RS SR Returning starter
2. Josh Mitchell SO True sophomore who did not redshirt last year
3. Justin Addie RS SO Two years in the system
4. Chase Eldredge RS FR Redshirted
CENTER
1. Isaac Seumalo SO Returning starter
2. Roman Sapolu RS JR Three years in the system
3. Josh Mitchell SO Could play guard or center
4. Garett Southam RS FR Walk-on who redshirted
RIGHT GUARD
1. Grant Enger RS SR Returning starter
2. Grant Bays RS FR Redshirted
3. Jake Hatcher RS JR Transfer
RIGHT TACKLE
1. Gavin Andrews SO True sophomore who saw back-up action last season
2. Nolan Hansen RS FR Redshirted
3. Tyler Ropp FR New to program





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