Position Breakdown: Offensive Line

In the next part of our 'Breakdown" series we take a look at the Offensive Line. The line was one of the few bright spots on the offense this year, but with the loss of three key starters who will fill the holes at center and guard? Read on for the entire story.

Last Season
Coming into the season the O-Line was a question mark, but after a solid showing against Penn State and then dominating FAMU and UCF, it was the Louisville game that really legitimized this group. When Elvis Dumervil and company left Raymond James sackless, you knew the USF line was for real. Not only were they led by veterans such as Frank Davis, John Miller and Chris Carothers, but newcomer Thed Watson fit in as if he had been a Bull since his freshman year. Watson, a JUCO transfer, earned the important left tackle position after the PSU game and never looked back. On the other side it was freshman Marc Dile who came in and played right tackle as well as any first year player could. Both players book-ended a powerful and experienced interior line. Anchored by senior center John Miller, they enabled Andre Hall to have the best year of any USF back in history. Hall ran for over 1,300 yards while regularly facing eight man defensive fronts. None of this would have been possible without the big-men down in the trenches.

Watson had a break-out season.

Who's Returning
The only returning starters from last year will be the two tackles, Thed Watson and Marc Dile. John Miller, Chris Carothers and Frank Davis all graduate, meaning the entire interior line will be made up of first year starters. Spring-time will be just as interesting for the line as it will be for the receiving group. Look for returning linemen Matt Huners, Jake Griffin and Danny Tolley to try and fend off the incoming freshman for the top spots on next year's depth chart.

Dile hopes to improve off of a good start.

Incoming Freshmen
The Bulls landed a very solid, not to mention very BIG, offensive line class this year. Zach Hermann, James Boger, Jeff Ide, Jeremiah Warren and Kevin McCaskill will all add much needed depth to next year's line. It's still early too early to tell, but it looks as if the only recruit that will see legitimate playing time next year could be McCaskill, mostly due to the fact that he will be the only "true" center on the roster. It basically depends on if these guys can come in and get into playing shape quick enough. However, when bringing in a class like this there will be a couple guys that end up being redshirted, saving them a year of eligibility for when they are physically ready to compete.

Warren has all the tools to be a star at USF.

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