The good, the bad, the question: Center

ALEX LINNENKOHL RETURNS to the middle of the line after starting every game this past season. How much more improved will he be this spring with a year of Pac-10 experience in the trenches under his belt? Who will be backing him up this spring and will they give Riley and staff confidence headed into the summer?

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Junior Alex Linnenkohl returns after starting all 13 games under center. He stepped in for senior Marcus Henderson in fall camp when he went down with mono and performed so exceptionally he never gave the job back -- even when a healthy Henderson returned
 
The coaches are excited about walk-on Grant Johnson and think he can develop into a concrete backup this season.


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Experienced depth is shaky with Johnson potentially serving as a backup and no game experience.


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Will Johnson develop into a dependable backup center?


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Alex Linnenkohl. One of the unsung heroes of the offensive line this past season as he slide over from guard to center seamlessly in fall camp and more than held his own against the Pac-10.  Now he is a veteran and must both perform and help teach his younger counterparts.


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Linnenkohl is solid in the middle, but still has plenty of room to grow. 
 
Getting Johnson as many snaps as possible this spring is important for this year and beyond.


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"I'm excited about looking at the offensive line and I'm excited about the six guys that will join us in the fall....We have a group of walk-on offensive linemen that is (impressive) --  Remmers leading that off, Mike Lamb, Grant Johnson, Burke Ellis, who is backup to Gregg Peat at right guard, and then Ben Motter. That's five walk-on offensive linemen who are going to be in our depth."


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  • Jr. Alex Linnenkohl (6-2, 288) - moved from guard to center last fall...started all 13 games at center...part of an offensive line that gave up a sack every 21.3 attempts, tied for third in the Pac-10.
     
  • So. Grant Johnson (6-3, 265) - a walk-on whom the coaches expect to turn into a solid contributor
     
  • Jr. John Roy (6-3, 270) - a late addition last season due to depth concerns at guard and center.  


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