August 3, 2006

A&M has experience on offensive line

When the Texas A&M offense hits the field in 2006 it will have back four of its five starters back from 2005 on the offensive line. For the first time in head coach Dennis Franchione's tenure in College Station, he will have a line full of talent and experience.

Of the four returning starters, none are seniors, leading to the belief that the Aggie line will only get better as it goes on. It's not too shabby that the line was the catalyst for the second-ranked rushing offense in the Big 12 conference last season either despite an injury to running back Courtney Lewis.

August training camp will determine who will start at the guard position vacated by Aldo De la Garza, but there is plenty of talent that can fill in the spot.

Cody Wallace - C - Junior

Wallace is arguably the most underrated player in the Big 12. Prior to the 2005 season Wallace was moved to center and beat out classmate Chris Yoder, who was not only the incumbent starter but also a member of Remington Award watch list.

Kirk Elder - G - Junior

Elder will start for his third straight season in 2006 after starting all 22 games of his A&M career and earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention each of the last two seasons.

At 6-foot-4 and 312 pounds, Elder is one of the strongest players on the offensive line and has been instrumental in turning the A&M offense into the second most prolific offense in school history in 2005.

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