Position Battle: O-line

You've heard it over and over Bobcat Fans, you win football games in the trenches. O-line Coach Brad Bedell has a big and talented group up front ready to pave the way in 2015 for Texas State.

Observers and fans are quick to hone in on the size of an offensive line, with good reason. So if it's size you want, Texas State has that up front. Our probable starting five heading into the season all stand 6'4" or taller, and are no lighter than 295lbs. If experience is your watermark, then this unit also passes with flying colors. With the exception of Jackson Hoskins, all have had significant reps as starters and key contributors.

NFL prospect Adrian Bellard anchors the O-line, a group that helped average 34 points a contest last season and finish as one of the Nations Top 20 rushing attacks in averaging 238 yards a game and finishing with 29 touchdowns.

Probable Starters

RT-Adrian Bellard 6'5" 314lbs Sr.
RG-Brandon Sarabia 6'4" 295lbs Sr.
C-Jackson Hoskins 6'5" 317lbs RS So
LG-Felix Romero 6'4" 303lbs RS Jr.
LT-Ryan Melton 6'5" 325lbs RS Jr.

Hoskins is the only newcomer to the starting group. Senior walk-on Stephan Jacobs (6'3" 250lbs) could be a dark horse for some PT at the center position, but the size and strength difference is tremendous as Hoskins has him by more than 60lbs on the scales. Hoskins is still developing and improving, but Coach Bedell was very impressed with his progress and did have him as the #1 center coming out of the spring.

Brandon Sarabia is fully recovered from his knee injury as he and Felix Romero are the leading candidates to hold down the guard spots. Romero is regarded as one of the teams strongest players.

Ryan Melton started every game for the Bobcats last year as a sophomore and has been tabbed an All Sun Belt 2nd Team Pre-Season selection. He and Bellard, who is on the Outland and Lombardi Pre-Season watchlists, along with being an All Sun Belt 1st Team Pre-Season selection, could very well be the best pair of starting tackles in the SBC.2 Deep and Contributors

G-Zach Crawford 6'2" 315lbs RS Sr.
T-Tryston Mizerak 6'6" 290lbs RS Fr.
G/C-Kannon Mackey 6'4" 302lbs RS Fr.
G/T-Jacob Rowland 6'5" 305lbs Fr.
G/T-Hayden Lambert 6'5" 290lbs RS Jr.
T-Will Copa 6'8" 315lbs RS Fr.
C-William Williams 6'3" 285lbs Fr.
G-Kregg Lemons 6'4" 275lbs Fr.
G-Kian Schoenborn 6'4" 325lbs RS Fr.
**C/G-Giuliano Cattaneo 6'4" 300lbs Jr.

Once you get beyond the probable starters and into the "2 Deep," there is concern for a lack of experience. Of the rest, only Zach Crawford has had meaningful snaps. Seven of the reserves are either true or red shirt freshman who have yet to have their first taste of D1 football.

O-line Coach Brad Bedell has made it clear, he hates complacency. So whether it be an injury or performance, he will not shy away from giving a younger lineman a legit shot at getting on the field. He's had very high praise for Tryston Mizerak, Kian Schoenborn, Kannon Mackey, and Will Copa.

The late addition of Cattaneo for the '15 class is an added bonus. Very good size and plays with a nasty streak. He should be on campus as of now and will be vying for snaps primarily at center. With less than a month left before the season opener, he will have to excel in learning the system in order to crack the starting line-up.

Texas State has a total of 15 offensive lineman on scholarship this fall, despite the youth, there are plenty of sizable bodies for this unit and baring any injury, the O-line should help lead the way for an explosive offense. Anything less would be considered sub-standard.

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