Couple this with a myriad of players being rotated in and out of the various spots so far, and getting a handle on the starting lineup, let alone their progress, has been difficult.
The offensive line has opened holes to get "some nice runs at defense during this week's scrimmage, which shows improvement in the line considring how tough this defense is."
The "baseline starting lineup" heading into preseason practice last week was the same lineup from the Blue-White Game at the close of spring practice:
However, that lineup has seen a variety of rotations and shifts this week with two-a-day sessions and scrimmage snaps. "The starting lineup has been fluid and changes everyday. The coaches are pushing the line hard — when a starter makes a mistake or slacks off they toss a backup player right in the mix."
The main position on the line that has not seen as much rotation is the center spot. Lance Antolick has been getting the majority of the first-team reps. "Lance is doing well and hasn't been pulled off [the line] a lot."
This, in turn, likely has fans asking about backup center A.Q. Shipley and his progress so far. As one observer explained, "A.Q. is improving — he is doing OK out there. The thing everyone needs to understand is that he is still learning his assignments, so he has some setbacks since he is doing it against an experienced defensive line."
It is challenging to assess the overall progress of the line, but the fact it is opening up some lanes and moving the ball in scrimmage situations against a potent defense has observers positive. "As a core unit they are making some headway."