Breaking Down: Offensive Line

Breaking down the Red Wolves by position. Today, the offensive line where everything starts on the offense.

Position Starter Backup
LEFT TACKLE Aaron Williams – 6'5 324 RSr Jemar Clark – 6'6 305 RFr
LEFT GUARD Steven Haunga – 6'2 313 RSr Devin Mondie – 6'6 300 RFr
CENTER Bryce Giddens – 6'0 285 So Tyler Greve – 6'3 295 RJr
RIGHT GUARD Cliff Mitchell – 6'5 305 RSr Alan Wright – 6'4 295 RJr
RIGHT TACKLE Colton Jackson – 6'5 275 RFr Jake Campbell – 6'6 320 RSr

The Numbers:
Williams, Haunga, Giddens Mitchell, and Wright all had starts in 2012. Williams and Haunga started all 13 games. Williams was named first team Sun Belt by Scout.com, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Crystal Ball Run. Haunga was named first team Sun Belt by Scout.com and second team by Phil Steele. Giddens started the final 11 and was named first-team All-Sun Belt by the coaches and is on the Rimington Award Watch List. Mitchell started 7 games and has 18 career starts. Wright had 6 starts in 2012. Greve and Campbell are multi-year letter winners. Campbell started 2 games in 2011 but was injured for most of 2012.

Analysis:
A veteran coach once told me that an offensive lineman makes his best improvement from his first year of competition to his second year.

Williams, Haunga, and Giddens all saw their first year of competition as starters in 2012. If the former coach's theory holds true then the 2013 offensive line should be a strength for Arkansas State.

Williams has good feet for such a big man and is the right guy to protect the blind side for the new starting quarterback, Adam Kennedy. Haunga is a road grader and showed last year that he could pull and open up holes down field for Oku and company. Giddens impressed everyone last season by taking the starting reigns at center as a true freshman.

The battle at right guard between Mitchell and Wright matches two veteran linemen and should provide an anchor for redshirt freshman right tackle Jackson to work with. Mitchell has worked at guard and tackle and can provide depth along the line at several positions.

Campbell and Greve also provide experience as backups at right tackle and center respectively. The duo also can play multiple positions on the line providing versatility and depth.

The future sits on the left side as backups with redshirt freshmen Clark (tackle) and Mondie (guard). Don't be shocked to see redshirt sophomore Travis Bodenstein also push for a role as a backup throughout the season.

The 2013 Red Wolf offense will be built on a solid foundation of big bodies in the trenches and should allow Harsin to be very multiple in what he does with the offense.