Football position breakdown: Offensive line

Through three editions of our football breakdown, we've gone over the skill positions: running back, quarterback, and wide receiver. Today, we'll take a look at the position that ensures the skill players some room: the offensive line. And this season, it happens to be one of the most important — and enigmatic — positions on the entire roster.

Last season, despite being anchored by seniors like Brad Paul and Dominik Riley, the University of Memphis's offensive line play was shoddy at best. Now that they lose both Paul and Riley, the U of M's line is filled with inexperience and question marks.

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1. Ron Leary. Leary, a senior, is a solid blocker and is the lone upperclassman expected to start on the line this season. He started all 12 games last season as a left tackle and has actually started the last 24 games for the Tigers. Leary received the Best Lineman award in the postseason banquet last season and returns as the Tigers' better options at the position.

2. Nick Chartain. Chartain transferred to Memphis this season from Independence Community College and has shown flashes of potential through fall camp. At 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, Chartain is one of the more sizeable offensive linemen on the roster. For a team that managed only 285 yards a game on offense last season, the Tigers need all the bulk they can muster.

3. A.J Antonescu. The younger brother of U of M senior Michael, A.J. Antonescu has proven himself as a viable lineman throughout the spring and now fall camp. Antonescu, who red shirted last season, should give the Tigers some size upfront.

4. Jordan Devey. Devey is a 6-foot-7, 312-pound transfer from Snow College and has looked pretty good in fall camp. Devey played both left tackle and guard at Snow and gives U of M coach Larry Porter some versatility on the line.

5. D'Angelo McCray. McCray has looked arguably the best through fall camp this season. Converted from the defensive line, McCray has good instincts and should add some solid depth at the position for Porter and staff. McCray is a decent run blocker and at 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds has good size for a guard.


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