Five Questions | The Offensive Line

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Help answer five questions about the offensive line. Who you think will step up and where you think players will play.

I tend to do these retrospectives after the end of the year, but the truth of the matter is that with the recruiting class up in the air, I thought the retrospective could be done after National Signing Day, but we could still opine on the state of the various positions groups leading up to signing day. Obviously, with the influx of any players, things could change.

WHO IS GONE

No. Name Year Ht./Wt. Position
65 LaAdrian Waddle SR 6-6/330 Offensive Line
68 Terry McDaniel SR 6-7/328 Offensive Line
66 Deveric Gallington SR 6-3/319 Offensive Line

WHO RETURNS

No. Name Year Ht./Wt. Position
72 Beau Carpenter RS SO 6-6/284 Offensive Line
71 Kyle Clark RS JR 6-5/286 Offensive Line
62 Le'Raven Clark RS FR 6-5/303 Offensive Line
73 Rashad Fortenberry JR 6-5/275 Offensive Line
64 Wayne Foster FR 6-3/266 Offensive Line
61 Matt Gonzales FR 5-11/255 Offensive Line
76 Conner Grooms FR 6-2/284 Offensive Line
75 Jared Kaster FR 6-3/271 Offensive Line
77 Trey Keenan FR 6-6/280 Offensive Line
56 Alfredo Morales RS FR 6-3/302 Offensive Line
51 Tony Morales RS FR 6-3/302 Offensive Line
63 James Polk RS SO 6-6/332 Offensive Line
67 Matt Wilson RS FR 6-6/268 Offensive Line

1. Do you think the bigger issue with the offensive line is having three offensive line coaches in three years (Matt Moore, Chris Thomsen and Lee Hays) or is it replacing three starters along the offensive line?

2. The general thought has been that Le'Raven Clark would step into that left tackle spot, but do you see any other players that could possibly play left tackle?

3. Jared Kaster seemed to play pretty well for a true freshman filling in for Deveric Gallington in spots. Do you think he can handle the starting center spot next year or would you rather see him redshirt next year or start?

4. Is this the year that the Morales Brothers, Alfredo and Tony, get the chance to shine on the field? Where do you envision them playing, especially if the center spot is maybe Kaster's and Beau Carpenter is playing left guard right now?

5. what is the one area that you would like to see the offensive line improve upon next year (pass blocking, consistency, run blocking, etc.)?

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