2015 Depth Chart Projections: Offensive Line

Lots of bulk up front, but there's a big gap at left tackle

The Candidates
Siaosi Aiono (Sr)
Andrew Albers (Sr)
Isaac Asiata (Jr)
Jackson Barton (R-Fr)
Johnny Capra (Fr)
Nick Carman (Fr)
J.J. Dielman (Jr)
Keven Dixon (Fr)
Lo Falemaka (So)
Hiva Lutui (Jr)
Nick Nowakowski (Jr)
Darrin Paulo (Fr)
Sam Tevi (Jr)
Leka Uhatafe (So)

The Favorites
Dielman, Uhatafe, Aiono, Asiata

Four starters are coming back and all they have to do is find a replacement for left tackle Jeremiah Potuasi. That's a big chore, but for the first time in awhile, Utah isn't trying top find new starters at multiple spots on the line. Consistency is key, and for a unit that make dramatic improvements over the course of the season, they should be looking pretty good if they can find someone that's serviceable to slide in next to the four returners.

The Battle
Barton, Tevi, Albers

So who's going to get the nod at left tackle? Albers has been a disappointment since arriving at Utah, but is probably the most game-ready to take over that spot if it were today. Tevi made the transition to the offensive side of the ball last year ans has the athleticism and size to be a good one, but he's still learning the position. Barton has the measurables, the hype, and the upside to be the next great tackle at Utah. If he's done enough to his body and improved his pass blocking, Utah could be looking at a four-year starter. Don't be shocked if the Utes try to slide one of their current starters over to the left tackle spot. JJ Dielman and Isaac Asiata are possible candidates with Dielman looking much more likely.

Projected Dpeth Chart
Left Tackle
JJ Dielman
Andrew Albers
Lo Falemaka

Left Guard
Isaac Asiata
Hiva Lutui
Keven Dixon
Johnny Capra

Siaosi Aiono
Hiva Lutui
Nick Nowakowski

Right Guard
Leka Uhatafe
Nick Nowakowski
Nick Carman

Right Tackle
Sam Tevi
Jackson Barton
Darrin Paulo

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