With no starting quarterback completely set in stone for the Bulls so far, the center position becomes more crucial in 2013. Austin Reiter is the only center on the Bulls roster with experience and started all 12 games last year as a Sophomore. Reiter was recently named to the preseason Remington Watch List, an award given to the top center in the country. Austin will be quarterbacking the young Bulls up front in 2013.
Quinterrius Eatmon measures in at 6'6,311 pounds and returns as Coach Taggart's most seasoned and experienced lineman up front. Eatmon enters his Redshirt-Junior season with 23 career starts at right tackle. In 2011, Eatmon was named a Freshman All American, also a All Big East 2nd team selection, but his production took a dip in 2012. Mak Djulbegovic, a walk-on from the scout team known by his fellow coaches and peers as "Mak D", has been pushing Eatmon for playing time with his 6'5,289lb frame. Mak saw action in the season opener against Chattanooga in 2012.
While "Mak D" is pushing Quinterrius hard every day in practice, I don't expect much of anything from it. Eatmon's style of play fits the mold of Coach Taggart's ground and pound approach of running the ball north and south. I fully expect Quinterrius to bounce back and to have an outstanding 2013 outing.
Having five starts under his belt from 2012, Darrell Williams is currently chalked in as the starter at left tackle in 2013. With skyscraper Jake Kauffman (6'9,313lbs) finally healthy on USF's campus, Kauffmann has gave Williams a run for his money. Even with Jake's massive stature holding an advantage, Williams is still expected to hold down the right tackle position due to his familiarity and experience playing on game days.
The more alluring situation along the offensive front is the two guard positions. Thor Jozwiak, a 6'4 305lb Redshirt-Sophomore, was in line for a starting spot along the line, but is battling a concerning heart issue which resulted with skips in his heartbeat and remains sidelined. Redshirt-Sophomore Brynjar Gundmundsson is slated in at the other guard spot, who also passes the eye test at 6'4,305 pounds but is a bit more mobile and athletic than his mirror image of Mr. Joziwak.
While Thor's been working closely with doctors and carefully monitoring his situation, Senior Lawrence Martin (6'3,316lbs) has been working with the first team. Martin started one game last year against Cincinnati.
With the turnover of the coaching staff and a brand new system getting installed in Tampa, the big men in the trenches are crucial to USF's success. Coach Taggart has a youthful group of men but it's a set of guys that provide much depth, many starting at least one game in their careers.
Combining with just over 40 starts among USF's offensive line, Remington Watch Candidate Austin Reiter will anchor the hogs up front. Having no quarterback standing out and a set of running backs with limited experience, the O-Line must set the pace in 2013.