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Season Awards - Offensive Line

Now that the regular season is complete and the No. 4 Washington Huskies begin preparations to slay Goliath - aka No. 1 Alabama - in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve, the guys from Dawgman.com start their yearly review with their thoughts on every position group. We started Monday with the quarterbacks: now we finish off the offense by taking a look at the offensive linemen.

Luke Mounger - Intern

OL MVP - Coleman Shelton

He completed his expedition across all offensive line positions this year and made it look easy. His consistency at center helped set the tone for a cohesive Washington line.

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OL Most Improved - Jake Eldrenkamp

How about a fifth-year senior working his way to first team all-conference honors during his final season? With him at left guard and Trey Adams at left tackle, Jake Browning's blindside is well protected.

OL Waiting in the Wings - Luke Wattenberg

The departure of Shane Brostek and Jake Eldrenkamp leaves room for some young guys to make a splash in the interior line. It will be interesting to see how Luke Wattenberg, high school teammate of Nick Harris, can make an impact after a year of adding weight and strength.

Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor

OL MVP - Coleman Shelton

In Washington's scheme, the center is responsible for a lot of things -- line calls and adjustments, handling nose tackles and stunts -- so when Shelton moved inside many of us didn't know what to expect. All he did was go out and earned Second Team All-Pac 12 honors. Shelton has the ability to play anywhere along the line and he's done just that in his career, but his future lies in the pivot and he was very good in that role this season. While Jake Eldrenkamp and Trey Adams both earned First Team All-Pac 12 honors, in my opinion, having a leader like Shelton inside at center is hugely important.

OL Most Improved - Kaleb McGary

McGary is only in his second full season of playing offensive line, so he still has had a lot of work to do on technique and handling both speed and bull rushers, but he improved immensly from his redshirt freshman season last fall where he seemed to get off balance and struggled with stunts and got overpowered at times. This year, he held down his side well and he's definitely got All-Pac 12 potential moving forward.

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OL Waiting in the Wings - Nick Harris/Luke Wattenberg

We got a look at what Harris could do this season as he started a handful of games at both right and left guard and while he still has a lot to work on, you can definitely see the potential. Even more impressive was that he was rarely overpowered even though he was outweighed by 30 or more pounds on a regular basis. We've heard nothing but rave reviews about Wattenberg and his potential as a player. He just needed to put on weight. Word is he's put on 20 pounds since arriving at 240 pounds and the feeling is he could push for playing time as a redshirt freshman next fall.

Chris Fetters - Editor

OL MVP - Coleman Shelton

The junior now has 33 total starts in his UW career, and will be one of the most experienced offensive linemen to ever play for the Huskies. His move inside to center solidified the offensive line, and put Shelton squarely in the action as the quarterback to the OL. His consistent play was the glue that kept Washington’s offensive line together through thick and thin (but mostly thick).

OL Most Improved - Jake Eldrenkamp

It’s been noted how there seems to be a senior or two in each of Chris Petersen’s three years that comes from out of nowhere to over-perform. Last year it was Tani Tupou getting second-team All-Pac-12 honors, and this fall it’s definitely been Eldrenkamp. The 6-foot-5, 297-pound left guard went from being a solid starter to a first team All-Pac-12 selection and the 2016 Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Not too shabby for the Bellevue boy.

OL Waiting in the Wings - Luke Wattenberg

It must be a nice feeling for Washington Offensive Line Coach Chris Strausser to have a U.S. Army All-American waiting in the wings, and that’s what he has in Luke Wattenberg. If you told us a true freshman would have played this fall, most of us would have bet everything we owned on Wattenberg, but instead it was Nick Harris - who has done a phenomenal job. But Wattenberg has gotten bigger, faster, and stronger, and is properly placed to compete for a starting guard job right from Day One of spring football.

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Kim Grinolds - CEO

OL MVP - Coleman Shelton

Tough not to choose Trey Adams, but Coleman Shelton anchored the middle. He made the line calls. Watching him pull like a guard was awesome. He's played every position on the OL and he really found a home this year at center.  Did anybody see a bad snap all year?

OL Most Improved - Jake Eldrenkamp

What a year he had. The left side was dominant all year. Jake was a huge part of it. he really stepped up as a Senior. All-Conference first team and Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year. You have to be proud of this kid.

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OL Waiting in the Wings - Luke Wattenberg

Highly recruited offensive lineman last year who got sick over the summer and showed up light and lacking strength. He's healthy again, added the weight, and the coaches love him. Look for him to play a lot next year and compete for a starting position.


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