A Look Ahead: Offensive Line

The Wildcats lose three starting offensive linemen. That's the bad news. The good news is that the Wildcats add six newcomers and have five redshirt freshmen waiting in the wings. The Cats may be young, but they are deep.

Starters Returning: Kili Lefotu, Sr.; Peter Graniell, So.

Others Returning: Tanner Bell, Sr.; John Abramo, Sr.; Erik Levitre. Jr.; Dillon Hansen, Fr.; Danny Espinoza, Fr.; Joe Longacre, Fr.; Eddie Rollman, Fr.; Bill Wacholz, Fr.; Brad Brittain, Sr.

Players Lost: Chris Johnson (graduation); Keoki Fraser (graduation); Brandon Phillips (graduation), John Parada (left program), Sheldon Watts (injured)

Recruits Added: The Cats added six offensive linemen in the class. Freshman Joe Baresi is already on campus, while the other five will be in Tucson for fall drills.

2006 Plans: Arizona replaced the departing seniors, and then some with the six newcomers. They lose three more seniors this year and will probably add 3-5 more offensive linemen.

2005 INCOMING PLAYER PROFILES:

Joe Barresi
OG/OT, 6'5, 300
North High School, Edmond, OK

98th ranked offensive lineman in the nation

Description:Barresi is a big and strong lineman who can move well for his size. He possesses the "pissed off" playing attitude that UA OL coach Eric Wolford loves in his linemen. He has very high confidence in himself and he made a name for himself this past summer at the NIKE Combine in Palo Alto, CA by challenging Ekom Udofia straight up. Barresi was the only one at the combine that took on the big Stanford bound defensive tackle. Is very strong already and is already getting stronger.

Bio:Barresi and his twin brother, Ben, were both offered by the home state Sooners and while Ben committed to the Sooners, Joe spurned their overtures due to his wanting to play for Eric Wolford and head coach Mike Stoops. Joe earned 1st Team All-State honors for his senior season at North High School. He chose Arizona over offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Wyoming and Tulsa among others. Joe graduated early from high school and is already enrolled at the U of A.

2005 Outlook:Since Barresi is enrolled already he will have the extra benefit of participating in spring practices he will be ahead of the other incoming freshmen linemen. Even though he will be ahead of the other newcomers he is still likely to red shirt this coming fall. He still needs to get stronger and work on his athleticism.

Quote: "Coming off my shoulder surgery, I really worked to make my upper body stronger. I also really worked my agility, and my strength and agility is what works best for me as an offensive lineman. What stands out about me the most is that I will never give up, and giving up only shows weakness." --Joe Baresi

Daniel Borg
OT, 6-6, 285
Ironwood Ridge HS, Tucson, AZ

26th ranked offensive lineman in the nation

Description: Big, mobile offensive lineman. Has great fundamentals and footwork. Needs to add muscle and strength. Borg is much better at pass blocking than he is at run blocking at this point. He is a very good athlete who has competed in basketball and track and field. He's a very smart player who carries a 4.0 in the classroom.

Bio: Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year. All-State and All-Southern Arizona selection. Played in the U.S, Army All-American Bowl. Did not consider Arizona until Mike Stoops was hired. Started three years for the Nighthawks and helped lead the new program to the state playoffs. Committed to Arizona in August.

2005 Outlook: Borg will likely redshirt in an effort to bulk up. He probably needs 20-30 pounds of muscle to be a dominant player on the college level. He could stand to improve his speed just a bit.

Quote: "He is extremely dedicated and gifted athletically. He has a real mean streak. Daniel is just a tough, physical player and we are very fortunate to have someone like him." --Ironwood Ridge Coach Gary Minor

Eben Britton
OT, 6'6, 280
Burroughs High School, Burbank, California

34th ranked quarterback in the nation

Description:Eben Britton is a perfect offensive line specimen. At 6-foot-6 he has a ton of room to add bulk but he possesses great strength already. Britton has above average foot speed and a very high football IQ. Britton is easily one of the top three offensive line prospects on the left coast and is the highest profile of the UA OL commits.

Bio:Britton attended the UA senior Elite camp over the summer and committed before leaving the state. He was the best lineman at the camp and became a priority for the coaching staff after his performance. He was selected 1st team All-Section and 2nd team All-State in his senior season. He also participated in the CaliFlorida All-Star game and graded out as the best offensive linemen in the game by many. He committed to Arizona over offers from Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Oklahoma, Cal, Oregon and Washington among others.

2005 Outlook:Britton is the lone high school lineman with a good chance of playing right away. But, even though he is the one with the best shot to play early, he is still likely to red shirt as it is a priority for most linemen out of high school. At 280 pounds he is strong but would use a red shirt year to get even stronger. His frame could easily support 30-40 more pounds of muscle.

Quote:"I am so happy with my decision to go there. Before, I had chosen Arizona because of the coaches and academics, but now I went there and really got to know the players and I see that they are a family there. Everybody wants to win." --Eben Britton

Adam Hawes
OT, 6'6, 290
Yuba College, Marysville, CA

2nd ranked JC offensive lineman in the nation

Description:Hawes is a very imposing and very strong JC offensive lineman. He has great strength and shows very good footwork on film. He plays with an attitude that you cannot teach. While on the field he plays with a swagger and confidence that is rare in offensive linemen. He is simply confident in himself and is far from arrogant.

Bio:Hawes was not really recruited coming out of high school so he was forced to go the JUCO route and he really came in to his own while at Yuba College. He earned 1st- Team All-America honors from NJCAA and was named the Offensive MVP of his JUCO league, which is an extremely rare feat for an offensive lineman to pull off. Hawes took an unofficial visit to Tucson over the summer and was rumored to have committed to Arizona then but he firmed up his commitment while on his official visit for the Arizona State game. Hawes has 3 years to play 2.

2005 Outlook:Hawes will definitely play for the Wildcats in the 2005 season. Whether it will be at left tackle or right tackle is not known yet but he could easily come in and earn a starting spot. He still needs to get stronger but that will come over time as he gets in the S&C program.

Quote: "I really like coach Wolford, he is a great coach and just a good guy,"--Adam Hawes

Blake Kerley
C, 6-2, 280
South Garland HS, Garland, TX

82nd ranked player in Texas. 86th ranked player in the Southwest.

Description:A tough, physical lineman who is although quick. The son of a coach Kerley knows the game and has a great feel. He has solid technique and good footwork. He's a true center prospect. Kerley also has a bit of a nasty streak which is always a plus.

Bio:The son of a football coach, Kerley comes form a household that put an emphasis on both athletics and academics. Kerley led South Garland to a 9-2 record this fall. They fell in the first round of the playoffs to Mesquite, 51-37. He was named first team all-district at center and has been described as a "prototypical center" by Scout.com recruiting analysts. He carries a 3.6 GPA.

2005 Outlook:Longbons has a great chance to see time right away. The Cats have just three scholarship running backs returning and he appears to be physically ready. He won't redshirt if he can see significant snaps, but he will have to battle Gilbert Harris and Chris Henry to back up Mike Bell.

Quote: "On the field I am all business," Kerley admitted. "If someone talks trash I'm talking back. I play so that people remember me. To me there is only one way football should be played. If someone comes away from a game and doesn't say ‘man that was tough' then I did something wrong."--Blake Kerley

Jordan Lowe
OG, 6'4, 295
Centennial High School, Peoria, AZ

Description:Lowe is a physically dominating performer that anchored an offensive line in high school that rushed for well over 6,000 yards in his junior and senior years. He developed an outstanding work ethic prior to his senior year that allowed him to make himself into a very good lineman with a very high ceiling. Lowe is enormously strong already but needs to work on his footwork and needs to get quicker. With his work ethic and hard nosed attitude he is destined for good things under the tutelage of Eric Wolford.

Bio:Lowe earned 1st Team All-State honors as a senior at Centennial. He anchored a very good high school line and was forced to match up against the best the state had to offer on the other side of the ball. Lowe gained wide praise for his performance at Arizona's senior Elite camp this past summer. So much praise that less than two months later he was offered a scholarship by the Arizona coaches and he committed on the spot. Lowe chose Arizona over an offer from Arizona State.

2005 Outlook:Lowe is certainly due to red shirt in 2005. He still needs to get stronger and needs to work on his overall athleticism and speed.

Quote:"I thought a lot about it and knew I wanted to stay in-state. I met the coaches at ASU and UofA and I like the UofA coaches more."--Jordan Lowe


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