Countdown to Camp: Guards

Like the other offensive line positions, guard has a ton of talented bodies but not a ton of experience. The Cats enter camp with some solid starters and some talented young players pushing them for playing time.

Starters Returning: Joe Longacre Starters Lost: Kili Lefotu, John Abramo
Key Returners: Adam Hawes, Bill Wacholz, Daniel Borg, Cory Elmore
Others Lost: Eddie Rollman (left team), Dillon Hansen (injury)
Key Newcomers: James Tretheway
Coach: Eric Wolford (3rd season)

Left Guard
1. Adam Hawes 6-4 302 Sr. Wheatland, Calif. (Yuba CC) (Wheatland Union HS)
Projected to start at left guard is senior Adam Hawes. The Wildcats are still waiting for the Hawes who was a JC All-American to show up. He played well by the end of the season but started slow thanks to coming to camp a tad out of shape. Hawes is strong and mean and has all the tools needed to open the holes up the middle. Hawes was slowed all spring long with a lower leg injury, which set his progress back a little, but the starting spot should still be his to lose this fall.

2. Bill Wacholz 6-6 294 So. Poway, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo)
Wacholz, made the switch from left tackle in the spring and looked good doing it. In fact he was one of the talks of camp. Strength was never an issue for Wacholz but now he is starting to use that strength and has added technique and toughness. No player helped himself more over the spring.

Note: A number of young players are in the mix here. Colin Baxter, Borg, Hayes and Cory Elmore may all factor into things. Right Guard
1. Joe Longacre 6-3 303 So. Katy, Texas (Katy)
Red shirt sophomore Joe Longacre will return to the starting position in 2006 after he earned the spot a year ago. He got his feet wet a year ago but Longacre is chomping at the bit to play a full season. Longacre proved to be a very heady and powerful blocker up front. Some of the better runs that Mike Bell and Gilbert Harris had last year on the inside were behind Longacre.

2. Daniel Borg 6-5 275 RFr. Tucson, Ariz. (Ironwood Ridge HS)
Right behind Longacre is Tucsonan and red shirt freshman Daniel Borg. Borg is pushing very hard for the position. Borg is big, agile, and smart and he plays with a very mean streak, which he was not known for as a high schooler. With all of the physical talent that he possesses it may be his overall attitude that is his best attribute.

3. Jovon Hayes 6-4 295 Fr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey High School)
Hayes is a pure right guard and he could end up pushing for time. Hayes was courted by schools all over the country and there is no wondering why. Simply put, Hayes is a beast. He is big, quick and strong and is a nasty football player. The Cats like to redshirt his freshman offensive linemen every year but if any freshman were to break from that it is Hayes. Hayes may still need to work on his conditioning but he's already made huge strides in the strength and conditioning program.

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