Spring Practice Preview: Offensive Line

Few position groups on the team are as well stocked with talented and experienced players than the Cougar offensive line. The only problem with this group of players is that there aren't all that many of them, and they'll have a hard time forming a legitimate two-deep due to lack of able bodies. The few that they do have are very promising, however.

Offensive line is a position where one wants a lot of experience, talent and depth. The Cougars this spring will have the first two of those three facets, which will serve the entire offense well. Having four returning starters along with some very able backup options will greatly aid the development of all three of the quarterbacks that will be competing for the starting spot.

Matt Reynolds 6-6, 329 Jr.

The left tackle spot is the most important position along any offensive line and with Reynolds, the Cougars will return a two-year starter who has provided some of the best left tackle play the program has ever seen. Surely there will be no concerns at the spot short of his getting injured, as he'll be a steady and consistent force there this spring.

Terence Brown 6-3, 340 Jr.

There were few players on the team last year that were more consistent than starting right guard Terence Brown. The question this spring for many on this site will be regarding his weight and if he's done well in shedding some of his excess body fat. Regardless of what strides he's made in that area, he should only improve upon the solid play he showed last season.

Braden Hansen 6-6, 300 So.

Hansen is one of the more talented players not only along the offensive line, but on the entire Cougar football team. Last season saw him lock down the left guard position while performing as well as any Cougar offensive lineman on the team. Given the fact that he's still relatively young, improvements should be forthcoming. If he progress as expected, that could vault him up to being regarded as one of the top offensive linemen ever to pass through the program.

Nick Alletto 6-6, 329 Sr.

Alletto battled through some injuries last season, but as a whole finished up as a solid starting right tackle. He should assume that position again this year starting with this coming spring practice session as he looks to make improvements in his overall game.

Braden Brown 6-6, 288 So.

Braden Brown was one of the more remarkable stories on the team last season after switching over from tight end to not only start at right tackle, but provide very good play. Given his short time practicing at offensive line, this spring could be a real boom for him overall given his potential that has already been demonstrated on the field of play.

Ryan Freeman 6-2, 280 Jr.

With the center position being the only spot on the offensive line that is missing its starter from last season and with Houston Reynolds likely to miss spring practices as he recovers from his ACL injury, Freeman is likely to be the player manning the center spot. Freeman should provide very good play from the center position if that's indeed where coaches choose to play him.

Marco Thorson 6-3, 321 Jr.

Thorson is the other likely option to man the center spot this spring. He provided very good backup duty while starting in several games last year, indicating that he is capable of starting at center this spring and in the 2010 season.

Jason Speredon 6-5, 313 Jr.

It's been very difficult for Speredon to establish himself at any position due to an unfortunate string of injuries that have kept him unable to perform for extended periods of time. It's still unclear how much he'll be able to participate this spring, but if he does participate he could play a similar role to what is expected from both Freeman and Thorson.

Famika Anae 6-5, 260 Fr.

With very good bloodlines, Anae is still new to the offensive line position after having started playing there only late into his prep career. It's a very good thing that he'll have spring to learn all the nuances to being a successful offensive lineman, as he's sure to be somewhat raw at the position after recently returning home from his mission.

Brad Wilcox 6-7, 265 Fr.

Wilcox showed some very good skills at offensive tackle prior to his mission and looks to be the type of athletic model coaches are looking for to man the tackle spots in the near future. He'll be an open book this spring, and we'll be anxious to note how much progress he makes in his bid to earn a spot on the two-deep roster as a true freshman.

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