1. Peter Graniello, 6-6, 285, Jr.
2. Adam Grant, 6-6, 280, RS Fr.
3. James Tretheway, 6-6, 300 Jr.
LAST YEAR: The Cats were a great pass blocking team but not a very good run blocking team. Too many athletes and not enough tough guys. The team got key starts from two former walk-ons and resisted the temptation to play a few qualified true freshmen. Joe Longacre proved that he would contend for future playing time, while much-hyped Adam Hawes took time to round into shape. Peter Graniello struggled a bit after earning freshman All-American honors the year before.
THIS YEAR: There should be battles at every spot on the line. Even the returning starters have their hands full. Things get more interesting because players have been cross training and could actually be battling it out at several positions at once. Several players who made multiple starts last year return. Erick Levitre was one of the highest graded linemen, but he's a bit undersized at center and should face a stiff test from Blake Kerley. Tanner Bell was granted a sixth year of eligibility and has taken on a bigger leadership role, but needs to better utilize his size. Peter Graniello and Adam Hawes have a lot to prove after somewhat disappointing seasons.
The young guns look to make an impact. Eben Britton and Daniel Borg were probably good enough to play as true freshmen, while Kerley has made great strides. Joe Baresi is getting healthy after injuring his shoulder last spring and Adam Grant has made the transition from tight end. Newcomer James Treatheway has great athleticism and is adding a lot of muscle. Joe Longacre was solid last year and should push for more time.
Other young players still have something to prove. Bill Wacholz has the strength and passes the eyeball test, but needs to be more productive. Eddie Rollman still needs to some heads as well.
Dylan Hansen and Sheldon Watts will not be with the team due to injuries.