There are 16 offensive linemen listed on the Baylor post-spring roster. With two more incoming freshmen and a junior college transfer set to join the team for fall practice, that is 19 rather large human beings set with the task to be the foundation of the best offense in college football. All 5 starters at the end of the 2014 season are back for the 2015 campaign. How the Bears built a strong offensive line the past few seasons can help us see what the Baylor coaching staff has in store for the future.
Who are the offensive linemen that Baylor will be depending on?
|72||Blake Blackmar||C||6-5||340||RS FR|
|70||Josh Pelzel||OL||6-6||325||RS FR|
|77||Patrick Lawrence||OL||6-6||280||RS FR|
The post-spring depth chart had 4 seniors in the starting lineup surrounding junior center Kyle Fuller. The backups included 1 senior, 3 sophomores and a redshirt freshman. With Maurice Porter set to start practice soon, there is a good chance he makes his way into the 2-deep at one of the tackle positions.
Baylor has 76 career starts combined, with Drango (35), Fuller (13), Blake Muir (12), Broxton (8) and Colbert (8) all having extensive starting experience. Even the backups have experience with Hilliard having 18 career starts under his belt.
How did the Bears get such a deep and experienced offensive line? They search anywhere and everywhere for big, athletic bodies. Just look at it this way:
· There are 3 international players on the line, coming from Australia (Blake and Sean Muir) and England (Jason Osei)
· Three junior college transfers (Jarrell Broxton, Dom Desouza, and Maurice Porter)
There are several ways to skin a cat, and the Bears are using every way they can to build their offensive line. This is best exemplified by the 2013 class, which featured just two high school offensive linemen; Darius Moore and Maurice Porter. Neither made it onto campus out of high school, so the Bears were left with a gap in experience. What did they do? They got two 4-star transfers from in-state rivals in Hammad and Wilson to join the Bears.
This is a focal point for the Baylor staff, and it continues to be so moving forward. The commitments of J.P Urquidez and Patrick Hudson in the 2016 class show that the Bears will continue to put a large emphasis on the offensive line, building a strong foundation for years to come.