Spring Preview: Offensive Line

Returning five players with valuable game experience from 2004 and the addition of junior-college transfer, offensive line coach Mike Summers will spend the spring getting the offensive line to work together while finding a replacement at center.

Speaking of center, senior Jason Spitz will move there this spring. A second team All-Conferernce performer at guard last year, Spitz has started 25 straight games for the Cardinals and is one of the top offensive linemen in the nation.

At 6-4, 308 pounds, Spitz has the size and the smarts to be one ofthe best centers in college football.

Red-shirt freshman Eric Wood, spent last season at tackle, will work at center and guard. Wood will have to make the transition, but could provide much needed depth at the center position.

The guard position is solid with the return of senior Kurt Quarterman. One of the biggest guards in the nation at 348 pounds, Quarterman stepped in last season and started all 12 contests. He showded good toughness and speed, and helped the Cardinals become one of the top offenses in the country. Sophomore Danny Barlowe received game experience last year at guard and is still developing, but works hard and will continue to get better.

Junior-college transfer Marcus Gordon will get a chance to spring to earn playing time. He will likely take most of the snaps with the first unit and compete with Wood for snaps.

All-American lineman Travis Leffew
Senior Travis Leffew has been a mainstay in the Cardinal lineup, starting a school record 38 straight games. A third team Associated Press All- American, Leffew was a first team All- Conference USA performer and has the athleticism to be one of the best tackles in the country.

Breno Giacomini will backup Leffew at tackle. The 6-7 sophomore made the transition midway through the season from tight end to tackle and has upped his weight to 280. Giacomini played mostly at tight end in short yardage situations, but also received playing time at tackle as well. He has added some weight in the offseason and has the size and ability to be a solid tackle in the upcoming years.

When Foster went down last season, no one knew what to expect. However, senior Jeremy Darveau stepped in and the Cardinal offense never missed a beat.

Darveau, who transferred to Louisville from Dodge City Community College, started seven games and provided the Cardinals with another big and athletic body on the front line.

Junior Michael Sturgeon has moved all along the offensive line, but will settle at tackle this spring. Renardo Foster is recovering from a knee injury that forced him to miss the final seven games of the season, and will likely stay out of contact drills.

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