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Breaking Down The Boise State OLine

Boise State lost two of its five starters from last year's starting offensive line (Rees Odhiambo and Marcus Henry), both of whom are currently with NFL teams in training camp. They left holes on the line that will be difficult to fill, but there is plenty of experience among the possible starters.

Boise State brought in Auburn graduate transfer Will Adams (6-7, 300 lbs) for depth, and he and Archie Lewis were listed as "OR" starters at the left tackle position during media days in Las Vegas in late July. Lewis took over when Rees Odhiambo was injured last season. That will be an interesting fall battle to watch, and could result in upheaval if both preform up to their capabilities.

 Marcus Henry's replacement will likely be Meridian native and former walk-on Mason Hampton, a redshirt junior who earned a full scholarship his sophomore year. As important as the physical aspect of playing center may be, the starter's mentality and leadership must be top-notch in order for the offense to be most effective. Hampton has the ability and desire for things to get rolling, however he has been pushed, at times, by redshirt freshman Garrett Larson, and also could see a returning starter at guard, Steven Baggett, move into the spot if he is unable to lock it down.

Rounding out the line will be a trio of redshirt seniors and returning starters in left guard Travis Averill, right guard Steven Baggett (if he's not moved to Center), and right tackle Mario Yakoo. While the two new starters work to get settled into their positions early in the season, the three incumbents will be relied on for leadership and steadiness to anchor the offense. If Baggett moves in, look for Adams to join the starting lineup. 

As mentioned above, there is little game experience outside of the projected starters. But the talent and size are there for the younger players on the depth chart to play. Harsin and his coaching staff have brought in tall, versatile linemen in their three recruiting classes at Boise State. The likelihood of seeing any of the true freshman getting live game action is slim, but everyone else is fair game. If called upon (whatever the reason for it may be), the likes of Kellen Buhr, John Molchon, Andrew Tercek, Andres Preciado and Eric Quevedo will be ready to go.

Roster:

Redshirt seniors:
Mario Yakoo, 6-4, 326 lbs, San Diego, Calif.
Will Adams, 6-7, 300 lbs, Tyrone, Georgia (Auburn)
Travis Averill, 6-3, 295 lbs, Anaheim, Calif.
Steven Baggett, 6-3, 288 lbs, Arlington, Texas
Kellen Buhr, 6-1, 294 lbs, Boise, Idaho

Redshirt juniors:
Mason Hampton, 6-3, 296 lbs, Meridian, Idaho
Archie Lewis, 6-3, 300 lbs, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Andrew Tercek, 6-1, 281 lbs, San Antonio, Texas

Redshirt sophomores:
Andres Preciado, 6-6, 288 lbs, Imperial Beach, Calif.

Redshirt freshmen:
John Molchon, 6-5, 307 lbs, Las Vegas, Nev.
Eric Quevedo, 6-4, 300 lbs, West Covina, Calif.
Garrett Larson, 6-4, 293 lbs, Fruitland, Idaho

True freshmen:
Kole Bailey, 6-4, 286 lbs, Twin Falls, Idaho
Ezra Cleveland, 6-6, 305 lbs, Spanaway, Wash.
Austin Dixon, 6-6, 264 pounds, Tempe, Ariz.
Donte Harrington, 6-2, 291 lbs, San Clemente, Calif.
Ben Vering, 6-4, 240 lbs, Boise, Idaho


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