Spring Outlook: Offensive Line

UTSA kicks off spring football practices in a few weeks. We'll take a look at each position headed into the spring. Today, we look at the offensive line.

We take a look at UTSA's offensive line headed into spring practices.

Returning Players:
- C/G William Cavanaugh, Senior
- OT Jordan Gray, Senior
- C/G Juan Perez, Sophomore
- OG Cody Cole, Sophomore
- OG Kyle McKinney, Sophomore
- OG Brent Swanson, Junior
- OT David Anzaldua, Redshirt Freshman
- OT Reed Darragh, Sophomore
- OT Zach Hester, Senior
- OT Michael Roberson, Senior

Will Cavanaugh and Jordan Gray are back with the most game-experience among the returning offensive line players. Both players saw significant action in all 12 games last season. The only other player to come close in game experience was reserve center Juan Perez, who played in an estimated 40% of the snaps in a reserve role. It's fair to expect that those three players should be on the first team to start spring practices. After that, there's a bit of a mystery. Sophomores Reed Darragh and Kyle McKinney both cracked the two-deep last season. Darragh played in 11 games, mostly on special teams while McKinney saw action in only two games (late vs UH and WKU). Senior Zach Hester, who was expected to become a contributor this time last year, has become a mainstay on special teams. Two names to keep an eye on: Sophomore OG Cody Cole and RS Freshman David Anzaldua. Both sat out all of last season with injuries. If healthy, both could crack the two-deep this spring.


Newcomers:
- C/G Clayton Woods, True Freshman
- OT Kelby Wickline, True Freshman
- G/C Alex Snow, True Freshman
- OT Shane Block, True Freshman
- OT Gabe Casillas, Junior - Juco Transfer
- G/C Zach Pare, True Freshman Potential Grey Shirt
- C Kevin Canizales, Freshman Walk-on
- C T.J. Talashek, Transfer Walk-on
Clayton Woods and Kelby Wickline will be the only scholarship newcomers to participate in spring practices. Woods, an early high school graduate, began taking classes in January. So did Wickline, a grey shirt from the 2014 signing class. Another newcomer to keep an eye on is Juco OT Gabe Casillas. Casillas could have an impact on the team but he will not arrive at UTSA until after spring practices. The same goes with Yukon, Oklahoma OT Shane Block. In a perfect world, one would expect that staff would like to redshirt interior linemen Alex Snow and Zach Pare. In fact, Offensive Coordinator Kevin Brown said on National Signing Day that Pare was a candidate to be grey shirted as he is coming off a shoulder injury. But that may be determined on the performance of the other interior linemen this spring and in fall practices.


The Big Question:
Who starts this spring, who starts next fall?
Those may be two different answers. UTSA has some options on the interior of the line. Cavanaugh, Perez, and Woods can all play either Center or Guard. You can go ahead and pencil in those three players somewhere in the two-deep during this spring along with OT Jordan Gray. The huge question is what happens after that? Reed Darragh may be the best option at the other OT position this spring. He played well on special teams last season and has spent time in the offense while getting practice reps on the second team. The same can be said for OG Kyle McKinney. This spring, we would expect to see a combination of the following players on the first team:
Center: Juan Perez and Clayton Woods
Guards: William Cavanaugh, Kyle McKinney, and Cody Cole
Tackles: Jordan Gray, Reed Darragh, and David Anzaldua
Now that will almost certainly change in the fall as the additions of Gabe Casillas and Shane Block could really mix things up at the OT position. And with the versatility of the interior lineman, we could see various players swap positions. It will be interesting to see how new O-Line Coach Mike Markuson begins to put things together this spring.


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