Andrew Roxas, the No. 1 center coming into fall camp, spent the majority of Tuesday's workout with the first unit in place of Week One starting left guard Wade Jacobson.
Jacobson, a JC transfer, also took turns with the first team but Roxas was getting the longest look.
Roxas was replaced at center by Zack Williams early in fall camp and moved to guard -– his original position at WSU -- and has made a nice transition.
"It's all competition, and it brings out the best in everybody," said the 6-2, 303-pound Roxas. "It's all about about production, who produces, and whoever produces the most will be out there. The best five (on the offensive line) will play."
Asked about his emotions going from would-be starter to back-up, back to running with the 1s, Roxas said his mindset has been the same from day one -- improving at each practice.
"It's staying consistent, that's what it is," Roxas said. "Every week whether you're a starter or on the three deeps, you have to prepare like you're a starter. That way you're always ready to play any spot and if you get the opportunity you have to take it."
Roxas is a third-year junior from Sun Valley, Calif. He saw action in 20 games at guard and earned one start at center over the 2007 and '08 seasons but sat out last season recuperating from viral hepatitis. He regained his weight and strength over the off-season and claimed the No. 1 spot at center coming out of 2010 spring workouts.
Roxas was joined on the first-unit line Tuesday line by Williams at center, David Gonzales at LT, Micah Hannam at RT and B.J. Guerra at RG. True freshman John Fullington, who had a debut to remember at Oklahoma State, also took considerable snaps with the 1s on Tuesday at right tackle, as did Tyson Pencer at left tackle.
NOTABLE: Hannam enters the Montana State game looking to extend his consecutive starts streak TO 38. The senior from Gig Harbor has started every game of his Cougar career, dating back to the 2007 season opener at Wisconsin. Hannam is tied for the longest starting streak in the Pac-10 with Arizona center Colin Baxter.
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