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Previewing the Red Wolves offensive line

Closer look at the Red Wolves offensive line

Offensive Line

 

THE PLAYERS

58 Brandon Berg 6’2/284 Sr.

60 Jhamahl Bell 6’3/293 RSo

61 Colton Jackson 6’4/300 RSr

64 Jacob Still 6’1/282 Fr

67 Troy Elliott 6’5/297 Fr

68 Alex Novak 6’3/293 So

69 Robert Maxwell 6’3/278 RSr

*71 Klint Harvey 6’6/330 RFr

72 Joseph Bacchus 6’5/291 Sr

73 Cameron Davis 6’4/303 RFr

74 Robert Mondie 6’5/302 RSr

75 Dalton Ford 6’4/307 RFr

76 Austin Moreton 6’1/314 RSr

77 Jacob Atnip 6’6/325 Fr

78 Jamal Fontenot 6’4/302 RSo

79 Jemar Clark 6’6/307 RSr

-- Lanard Bonner 6’4/330 Jr.

 

*Will sit out 2016 due to transfer rules

 

By rights the offensive line should be the strongest part of the Red Wolf offensive machine in 2016. Ranked sixth nationally in number of returning starts, Arkansas State offensive linemen bring back 109 games of experience.

That, combined with the preseason All-Conference selections of Colton Jackson, Jemar Clark, and Devin Mondie, should give any Red Wolf fan hope that the offense can be just as productive as last year.

However, the Spring saw multiple members of the line miss time with injury, and the result was not pretty.

With that in mind, the coaches sought extra depth and are still doing so. Alex Novak was brought in from Southeast Mississippi Community College as fall camp began. The big lineman has been working at the right tackle position, as well as at the right guard.

While the starting five are familiar, with Clark manning the left tackle, Austin Moreton at left guard, Mondie at center, Jackson at right guard, and Joe Bacchus at right tackle, the second unit has very little in the way of experience.

Brandon Berg saw time last year at center when Mondie battled an ankle injury, and did well in his limited action.

Dalton Ford has seen time at both left and right guard, while Jamal Fontenot has seen time at every position but center and has worked snaps after practice.

Cameron Davis, redshirt freshman from Bryant, has also worked at guard as well as big freshman Jacob Atnip from Sheridan.

Jacob Still has worked at guard and center. The freshman from Tennessee has been praised for his football savvy and work ethic. Fellow freshman Troy Elliott suffered a knee injury and while it probably isn’t a season ending injury, will most likely lead to a redshirt. Redshirt sophomore Jhamahl Bell, of Warren, has worked at the right tackle position.

A late addition to this bunch is junior college lineman Lanard Bonner, the big tackle could see time as a swing, or with a redshirt year available, may sit this year to build depth.

Whether the starters are healthy all year or not, the young guys on the second unit need to learn on the fly, because they are only one play away from being the starter.

 

Possible Depth Chart

 

LT LG C RG RT

Jemar Clark Austin Moreton Devin Mondie Colton Jackson Joseph Bacchus

Jamal Fontenot Dalton Ford Brandon Berg Alex Novak Lanard Bonner

Troy Elliott Cameron Davis Jacob Still Jacob Atnip Robert Maxwell

*Klint Harvey Jhamahl Bell