August 2, 2011

Fall Camp Preview: the Offensive line

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Offensive linemen | Grant Johnson, Josh Andrews & Mike Remmers

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Offensive line stats since 2003
(yds/carry) - (sacks/game)

2003 - (4.1) - (3.0) = 1.1

2004 - (3.2) - (2.7) = 1.5

2005 - (3.2) - (2.9) = 0.3

2006 -(3.5) - (2.5) = 1.0

2007 - (4.2) - (2.8) = 1.4

2008 -(4.2) - (1.6) = 1.6

2009 - (4.1) - (2.2) = 1.9

2010 -
(3.7) - (2.9) = 0.8

2011 Prediction - (3.7) - (2.3) = 1.4

Pro - Andrews

Con - Linnenkohl gone

Wildcard - health

In what was a problem area in 2010, the offensive line should be much improved in 2011. Although things will look somewhat different in 2011 despite all the returners, as players spent spring ball adjusting to new positions along the line. Coach Cav and his linemen will have their work cut out for them as the play of the O-line is an instrumental piece in what makes the Beavers' offense potent.

COACH: Mike Cavanaugh

Expected Starters

    Mike Remmers, Sr.

    Joshua Andrews, So.

    Grant Johnson, Sr.

    Burke Ellis, Sr.

    Michael Philipp, Jr.

Players to Watch

    Geoff Garner, So.

    Grant Enger, RFr.

    Roman Sapolu, RFr.

    Michael Lamb, Sr.

    Colin Kelly, Jr.


    Justin Addie, Fr.

    Akeem Gonzales, Fr.

    Darryl Jackson, Fr.

As mentioned above, 4 starters return for 2011 with 3 of them at different positions. The lone holdover retaining his starting position is Burke Ellis at right guard. Ellis' position isn't necessarily secured though as Michael Lamb will challenge him for a starting spot. The other returners, Mike Remmers, Grant Johnson and Michael Philipp have been shuffled around.

Remmers and Philipp have traded positions with Remmers moving to left tackle and Philipp moving to right tackle. This has appeared to be a good move based upon spring practice reports. Much ballyhoo has been made about why Philipp has stayed out at tackle and not moved inside to a guard position. Having watched him play now for 2+ seasons, I'm not sure he is strong enough to play the guard position. While at the left tackle position, Philipp had a tendency to get beat by speed rushers off the edge. By moving to the right side, he no longer has to worry about protecting Ryan Katz's backside and will more than likely be matched up against bigger defensive ends, which is the match-up that Philipp would like.

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