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A look at the Baylor Bears Offensive Line Situation for 2016 and Beyond

The Bears offensive line have been hit heavy the past few weeks. They lost their top junior college transfer, and two of the best linemen in the 2016 class. There is still talent on the roster though, especially in a loaded Junior class. After that though, the Bears depth falls off a cliff.

With just 11 scholarship offensive linemen, the Bears depth is quite shallow on the offensive line.  Luckily, it is most experience depth for the Bears, with 6 juniors and 1 senior.  The Bears don't have a single true freshman scholarship linemen on the team, and have just one redshirt freshman.  This is a bad situation for the future, but 2016 should be okay.  Baylor will need to take at least 4-5 linemen in the 2017 class, with 1-2 being junior college players.  However, the starting lineups for 2016 and even 2017 should be solid, with four starters slated to return to the squad in 2017.  

Tackles

The Bears are loaded with junior college and transfer players at the tackle position.  DeSouza, Porter and Wilson all had previous stops in their collegiate careers.  Lawrence though might be the most talented.  The current starting right tackle, Lawrence is 6-6, 320 pounds and looks like a left tackle.  He is expected to be one of the lynch pins of this offensive line through the 2018 season. 

Name
Stars
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Dom DeSouza JR SR
Mo Porter JR SR
Ishmael Wilson JR SR
Patrick Lawrence SO JR SR
Riley Daniel rFR SO JR SR

Guards

A current starting guard is not listed below, as he profiles more as a center, so we will talk about the three true guards on the roster.  Hammad is a prototypical left guard, a real run blocker and road grater.  At 6-4 and 340 pounds, Hammad continues the Bears longstanding tradition of massive interior linemen.  Tanner Thrif has rotated between guard and tackle in his career, but profiles better on the inside.  Pelzel was a guy the coaching staff was starting to reall pay attention to, but a serious knee injury will keep him out of the 2016 plans.  He will likely receive a medical hardship scholarship for 2016 and keep three years of eligibility.  

Name
Stars
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Rammi Hammad JR SR
Tanner Thrift JR SR
Josh Pelzel Medical SO JR SR

Center

This is where we find the Bears most experienced and best offensive linemen, and the one that profiles to be the next great one for Baylor. Kyle Fuller is a 2-year starter and one of the best centers in college football.  Blake Blackmar has been so good, he will be starting at left guard in 2016, but is still expected to move to center after Fuller's time is up. The Bears are in great hands for the next 3-years at the center position, though like the other spots on the offensive line, depth issues are a concern.  Sean Muir has been a backup for the most part with little playing time.  Most likely he will continue to be the top reserve for Blackmar in 2017 and 2018.  Expect the Bears to recruit a center in this class to develop for the next few seasons behind Blackmar, who profiles to be a star.  

Name
Stars
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Kyle Fuller SR
Sean Muir NR JR SR
Blake Blackmar SO JR SR

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