Countdown to Camp: Tackles

The Cats have some good tackles in camp. They return two starters and Eben Britton may challenge for a starting job. An injury will thin out the ranks a bit but thanks to cross training there are plenty of bodies.

Starters Returning: Peter Graniello, Tanner Bell
Starters Lost: none
Key Returners: Eben Britton, Daniel Borg
Others Lost: Adam Grant (injury)
Key Newcomers: James Tretheway
Coach: Eric Wolford (3rd season)

Left Tackle
1. Pete Graniello 6-6 296 Jr. El Paso, Texas (Coronado)
Graniello has put together two solid seasons for the Cats and he is undoubtedly a leader among the group. He is your prototypical tackle in that he has good size, very good footwork and he is a smart football player. He is exactly the kind of player you want guarding your quarterback's back. He was a freshman All-American two years ago and hopes to continue to develop. Graniello has had up and downs during his time in Tucson but he looks to be the complete package and is firmly entrenched as a starter and as a leader.

2. James Tretheway 6-6 300 Jr. San Francisco, Calif. (El Camino HS/ College of San Mateo)
The injury to Adam Grant opened things up for the rest of the team. Junior College All-American transfer James Tretheway worked at both left tackle and guard in the spring and looked solid at both positions. It looked like Tretheway was destined to use his red shirt this coming year but now he looks like he will be needed at tackle.

Note: Other guys that can move out and play left tackle are Adam Hawes, Eben Britton, Bill Wacholz and Daniel Borg. A lot will depend on how they battle for their other positions.

Right Tackle
1. Tanner Bell 6-8 294 Sr. Castroville, Calif. (North Monterey County)

Tanner Bell returns after being granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA due to past medical issues. Bell had a very up and down year in 2005 and physically he is still not where the other, younger guys on the line are. He has been plagued by injuries his entire career and put he will need to put up one heck of a fall camp to keep his job. Bell has great size and the tools to be a very good lineman but he has to be consistently aggressive to put it all together.

2. Eben Britton 6-6 280 RFr. Burbank, Calif. (John Burroughs HS)
Pushing for Bell's spot is red shirt freshman Britton. During the spring Britton looked very good in a back up role as he impressed with his footwork and his strength on the edge. Britton is a smart and hungry young football player. He's got tremendous strength and the athletic build that the Wildcat coaches love. He'll push for the job at right tackle unless left tackle needs him more.

3. Daniel Borg 6-5 275 RFr. Tucson, Ariz. (Ironwood Ridge HS)
Borg is becoming "Mr. Versatility". He's trained at virtually every position on the offensive line. He's in the mix at guard but can be used at right tackle if Bell and Britton can't go.

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