Offensive Line Preview 2015 Pre Fall Camp

Utah State has mostly returnees that will will be counted on in the Offensive Line. There will be some battles for backup positions and there could be a couple new starters.

Offensive Line Preview

TACKLE

2014 Players not returning: Bryce Walker (Graduation), Kevin Whimpey (Graduation; Undrafted Free Agent Pittsburgh Steelers)

Post 2015 Spring Ball attrition: None

Returning Players: Austin Albrecht, Cody Boyer, Logan Rice, Jake Simonich, K.J. Uluave

New Faces in 2015:

Preston Brooksby 6'5" 290 (Scout 2*) - T - Glendale CC, AZ - (3 years to play 2; Signed 12/17/14; Currently Enrolled)

2011 (Fr.) Stats: No stats recorded

2014 (Soph.) Stats: No stats recorded

Offers from: Georgia Southern, North Texas, Old Dominion, Texas-San Antonio, Weber St

http://Utah State.scout.com/player/130532-preston-brooksby/recruiting http://www.hudl.com/athlete/457896/preston-brooksby

Ben Wysocki 6'4" 285 (Scout 3*) - G/T/C - UCLA - (Graduate Transfer; Immediately Eligible; 1 year to play 1; Will be a Sr. in 2015; Currently on Campus)

2011 (Fr.) Stats: Redshirted at UCLA

2012 (RsFr) Stats: No stats recorded

2013 (Soph.) Stats: No stats recorded

2014 (Jr.) Stats: No stats recorded

http://recruiting.scout.com/player/142851benwysocki/recruitinghttp://www.uclabruins.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=207914123

2015 OUTLOOK

Junior Austin Albrecht spent spring ball as the starter at Left Tackle. Coaches feel that Albrecht is a good pass blocker with good feet as well as a smart player. During 2014, Albrecht graded out at 80 percent and had 19 knockdowns. He also saw action on the offensive line in 6 games including 2 starts at right guard, while also seeing action in 8 games on special teams. Albrecht participated in all 14 games in 2014. Two redshirt freshman saw action during spring ball as Albrechts' backup. KJ Uluave was moved from Defensive End to Offensive Tackle during the course of the 2014 season and started 2015 spring ball out as the primary backup to Albrecht. Uluave had his spring cut short by an unknown knee injury and that led to a move up the depth chart for the second redshirt freshman, Logan Rice. Rice still has a need to put on some much needed weight but barring any unseen injury, the super athletic Rice should have plenty of time to do so.

The lone returning starter in 2015 is Right Tackle Jake Simonich. Following the 2014 season Simonich was named an Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference performer. For the 2014 season Simonich graded out at 81 percent and had 48 knockdowns, while starting in all 14 games. Simonich has as much promise as any offensive lineman currently in the Aggie program. Junior College transfer Preston Brooksby seemed to leave spring ball as the primary backup to Simonich. Brooksby joined the Aggies in December following a solid season at Glendale Community College where he earned Arizona Community College Athletics Conference (ACCAC) first-team honors as a sophomore. Adding depth to the position is redshirt freshman Cody Boyer who is described as having good athleticism and great toughness, while possessing quick feet and good range. Boyer is finally ready to see some action in an Aggie uniform following both a grayshirt and redshirt seasons.

A graduate transfer could have an impact once fall camp starts. It's unsure as to where UCLA transfer Ben Wysocki could fit into the lineup as either a guard or a tackle. Wysocki had solid outings against some of the best defenses the PAC-12 had to offer in 2014 and he more than held his own. Wysocki is considered a jack of all trades type who has experience at all 5 spots along the offensive line. Make no mistake, Wysocki will be a major player in how things shake out among the front five and who lines up where when the Aggies kick off against Southern Utah September 3rd.

PROJECTED 2015 DEPTH CHART

LEFT TACKLE

65 Austin Albrecht (6-5, 295, Jr., 1L)

Ben Wysocki (6-4, 285, Sr., TR)

66 KJ Uluave (6-4, 265, Fr., RS)

79 Logan Rice (6-6, 240, Fr., RS)

RIGHT TACKLE

76 Jake Simonich (6-5, 295, Jr., 2L)

73 Preston Brooksby (6-5, 285, Jr., JC)

78 Cody Boyer (6-6, 270, Fr., RS)

GUARD

2014 Player not returning: Bill Vavau (Graduation)

Post 2015 Spring Ball attrition: Jordan Hicks (Left Team)

Returning Players: Andrew Chen, Taani Fisilau, Jarom Iaone, Tyshon Mosley, Brandon Taukeiaho

New Faces in 2015:

Jude Hockel 6'5" 295 (Scout 2*) - G - Diablo Valley CC, CA - (2 years to play 2; Signed 12/17/14; Currently Enrolled)

2012 (Fr.) Stats: Redshirted at Benedictine College

2013 (RsFr.) Stats : No stats recorded

2014 (Soph.) Stats: No stats recorded Offers from: Georgia St, Old Dominion, South Alabama, South Florida, Toledo

http://utahstate.scout.com/player/195480-jude-hockel/recruiting

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/615846/highlights/184158392

Ben Wysocki 6'4" 285 (Scout 3*) - G/T/C - UCLA - (Graduate Transfer; Immediately Eligible; 1 year to play 1; Will be a Sr. in 2015; Currently on Campus)

2011 (Fr.) Stats: Redshirted at UCLA

2012 (RsFr) Stats: No stats recorded

2013 (Soph.) Stats: No stats recorded

2014 (Jr.) Stats: No stats recorded

http://recruiting.scout.com/player/142851benwysocki/recruitinghttp://www.uclabruins.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=207914123

2015 OUTLOOK

Sophomore Tyshon Mosley returns as the starter at Left Gaurd. Mosley has been praised as having excellent football sense, and a long body which helps him excel in the run game, while also possessing long arms, which helps him in pass protection and he has the ability to change direction very well. Mosley began the 2014 season platooning with departed senior Bill Vavau but Mosley eventually wrestled away the starting spot following the third game of the season.

Mosley graded out at 79 percent and had 39 knockdowns, while seeing action in all 14 games including 11 starts in 2014. Backing up Mosley will likely be Brandon Taukeiaho. Coaches feel that Taukeiaho has the physical tools to become a very good offensive lineman, due to him being a thick player who has good natural strength and runs well. Taukeiaho graded out at 94 percent and had 2 knockdowns, while participating in 3 games in 2014. However, adding some competition to the mix is junior college transfer Jude Hockel. Hockel joins the Aggies from Diablo Valley Community College where he Earned California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) All-Bay 6 Conference first-team honors in 2014. Jude is a tough and hard-nosed offensive lineman that is long and versatile, and he should become the type of nasty road grading player that the coaches crave.

Senior Taani Fisilau returns as the starter at Right Guard. Fisilau has been described as a physical interior lineman that will provide toughness and physicality to the offensive line, he is extremely athletic and talented, and runs well for his size. Fisilau ended the 2014 season grading out at 78 percent and 35 knockdowns. Fisilau saw action in all 14 games in 2014 including 12 starts. With the departure of Jordan Hicks, Senior graduate transfer Ben Wysocki may be a lock for competing for playing time here. Wysocki can do it all along the offensive front five and is a major addition for the Aggies regardless of where he ends up. Sophomore Jarom Iaone began spring ball taking reps at Right Guard but ended up having to sacrifice his personal growth at the spot once issues at Center forced him to slide over a spot and finish the spring there. Adding depth is a player that has been in the program for quite some time already even though most probably haven't heard of him yet. Sophomore Andrew Chen has quietly been working his way onto the depth chart following grayshirt and redshirt seasons. Chen is described as a mentally tough and versatile player that has also had experience at center.

PROJECTED 2015 DEPTH CHART

LEFT GUARD

72 Tyshon Mosley (6-5, 290, So., 1L)

67 Brandon Taukeiaho (6-4, 315, So., SQ)

74 Jude Hockel (6-5, 295, Jr., JC)

RIGHT GUARD

75 Taani Fisilau (6-2, 295, Sr., 3L)

Ben Wysocki (6-4, 285, Sr., TR)

64 Jarom Iaone (6-6, 315, So., SQ)

55 Andrew Chen (6-3, 280, So., SQ)

CENTER

2014 Player not returning: Joe Summers (Graduation)

Post 2015 Spring Ball attrition: Tyler Cox (Transfer Southern Oregon)

Returning Player: Austin Stephens

New Faces in 2015:

Roderick Smith 6'2" 280 - C - Desoto HS, TX - (Walk On; Currently on Campus)

2013 (Jr.) Stats: No stats recorded

2014 (Sr.) Stats: No stats recorded

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3866307/rod-smith

Parker Stott 6'3" 305 (Scout 2*) - C - Highland HS, AZ - (Walk On)

2012 (Soph.) Stats: No stats recorded

2013 (Jr.) Stats: No stats recorded

2014 (Sr.) Stats: Missed season with an injury

http://recruiting.scout.com/player/7777237n-parker-stott

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2417835/parker-stott

Ben Wysocki 6'4" 285 (Scout 3*) - G/T/C - UCLA - (Graduate Transfer; Immediately Eligible; 1 year to play 1; Will be a Sr. in 2015; Currently on Campus)

2011 (Fr.) Stats: Redshirted at UCLA

2012 (RsFr) Stats: No stats recorded

2013 (Soph.) Stats: No stats recorded

2014 (Jr.) Stats: No stats recorded

http://recruiting.scout.com/player/142851benwysocki/recruitinghttp://www.uclabruins.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=207914123

2015 OUTLOOK

Junior returning starter Austin Stephens was named an Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference performer following the 2014 season. Stephens graded out at 84 percent and had 49 knockdowns while starting in all 14 games in 2014. Stephens has been lauded as being a great communicator amongst the offensive lineman and does a great job of blocking at the second level. Following spring ball there were glaring issues behind Stephens as no other player on the depth chart was able to complete a center-quarterback exchange and production for the second and third offensive units suffered mightily all spring because of it. UCLA graduate transfer Ben Wysocki will also likely fill the backup role at center as there are no other players on the Aggie roster that have any in game experience at the position.

Walk on freshman Parker Stott was already on the Aggies recruiting radar prior to the 2014 season but a knee injury forced Stott to miss his entire senior season and he fell off several schools radar. Prior to his injury Stott was a standout as a Junior. In 2013 he led his team with 47 pancake blocks and was named first-team all-region at center. Stott has been touted as a natural leader and was regarded as one of the stronger linemen in the state. Walk on freshman Roderick Smith has also joined the program from Desoto High School, a strong Texas high school program with a rich football tradition. Smith is already in Logan trying to get a jump on learning the offense in an attempt to earn as many reps early on as possible once fall camp gets underway in August.

PROJECTED 2015 DEPTH CHART

CENTER

59 Austin Stephens (6-3, 305, Jr., 1L)

Ben Wysocki (6-4, 285, Sr., TR)

Parker Stott (6-3, 305, Fr., HS) >P> Roderick Smith (6-2, 280, Fr., HS)

In conclusion there could be a couple new starters and also some battles for positions on the depth chart and travel team. Ben Wysocki will be an important piece in solidifying depth and bringing in some experience and leadership. Coming Up On Wednesday: Tight End


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