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Dawgman.com Position Review - Offensive Line

Just looking strictly at the numbers -- 44.5 points per game, 477 yards of offense per game, 21 sacks allowed on close to 380 attempts -- and the fact that Washington placed two players on the First Team All-Pac 12 Team and one on the Second Team, you'd have to say it was a great year for the Husky offensive line.

While there was marked improvement from 2015, there's still plenty of room to grow and that bodes well for the future.

Offensive Linemen (by year and scholarship)

Jake Eldrenkamp (6-5, 284, Sr.)

Shane Brostek (6-4, 285, Sr.)

Michael Kneip (6-5, 284, Sr.)*

Coleman Shelton (6-4, 292, Jr.)

Andrew Kirkland (6-4, 313, Jr.)

Kaleb McGary (6-7, 300, So.)

Jesse Sosebee (6-5, 314, So.)

Matt James (6-4, 291, So.) 

John Turner (6-3, 283, So.)

Trey Adams (6-8, 306, So.)

Devin Burleson (6-8, 301, RFr.)

Henry Roberts (6-6, 290, RFr.)

Jared Hilbers (6-7, 282, RFr.)

Luke Wattenberg (6-4, 275, Fr.)

Nick Harris (6-1, 282, Fr.)

Duke Clinch (6-3, 280, Fr.)*

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Depth Chart

Left Tackle

Trey Adams (6-8, 306, So.)
Jared Hilbers (6-7, 282, RFr.)
Matt James (6-4, 291, So.)

Left Guard

Jake Eldrenkamp (6-5, 284, Sr.)
Nick Harris (6-1, 282, Fr.) OR
Jesse Sosebee (6-5, 314, So.)
Henry Roberts (6-6, 290, RFr.)

Center

Coleman Shelton (6-4, 292, Jr.)
Michael Kneip (6-5, 284, Sr.)*
John Turner (6-3, 283, So.)
Duke Clinch (6-3, 280, Fr.)*

Right Guard 

Andrew Kirkland (6-4, 313, Jr.) OR
Nick Harris (6-1, 282, Fr.) OR
Shane Brostek (6-4, 285, Sr.)
Jesse Sosebee (6-5, 314, So.)
Luke Wattenberg (6-4, 275, Fr.)

Right Tackle

Kaleb McGary (6-7, 300, So.)
Andrew Kirkland (6-4, 313, Jr.) OR
Devin Burleson (6-8, 301, RFr.)
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Season In Review

Washington had one of the youngest offensive lines in the country this year, featuring two sophomores, two fourth-year juniors, a senior and a true freshman in starting roles. 

They held up well, totaling 477 yards and 44.5 points per game and only allowing 21 sacks in close to 380 drop backs by the quarterbacks, and the coaches are encouraged by what lies ahead with continued improvement from some of the younger players.

Trey Adams and Kaleb McGary, a pair of sophomores, held down the tackle spots and really asserted themselves this season.

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McGary, a third-year player, is in just his second full season of playing along the offensive line and you can see the strides he made all season. He handled speed rushers much more adeptly this season whereas in 2015 he seemed to get off-balances when handling different moves and vs. bull rushers, he just seemed to engulf them and shut them down.

Adams may very well go down as the best offensive lineman to ever come through the program by the time he leaves. He's long, he's athletic and he never seems to make the same mistake twice. Unlike last year where he dealt with a stinger issue that forced him to miss the Apple Cup and the bowl game, this season, he remained as healthy as possible and he is a big reason that Jake Browning managed to stay upright for a vast majority of his snaps and he earned First Team All-Pac 12 honors for his efforts.

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While those two bookended the line, the leader of the group was unquestionably junior pivot Coleman Shelton who made the move inside during the spring and never seemed to have a let down.

Even more impressive about what Shelton accomplished is the fact that he has started at every position along the offensive line, something no Husky lineman has ever done.

At left guard, the Huskies got an all-star performance from senior Jake Eldrenkamp, who joined Adams on the All-Pac 12 First Team, and he improved a lot as run blocker, able to pull and pave the way for the tailback with the ball in his hands.

Eldrenkamp he was also named as the top scholar athlete in the conference this year.

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Senior Shane Brostek started the season at right guard, but eventually the spot was handled by Andrew Kirkland and Nick Harris who shared starting duties for the latter half of the season.

Kirkland, a fourth-year junior, is more of a tackle and he struggled against some of the big interior pass-rushers that are so prevalent in the Pac 12, but he held his own in passing situations and, like Shelton, he has shown the ability to be a key backup at four of the five offensive line spots.

One of the biggest surprises of the second half of the season was the play of Nick Harris, a true freshman, who gave up roughly 30 pounds to the players across from him. Instead of over-powering the opposition, Harris used sound technique and his quick feet to get the advantage. The freshman did struggle with stunts and blitzes at times, but that's the be expected. However, overall he was a solid sixth-man along the line and he should challenge for a regular starting role as a sophomore next season.

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As far as the remainder of the group of linemen on the roster, most of the younger linemen got lots reps in blowout wins during the season, but very few got reps when the games were still in question.

The Husky coaches have worked hard to balance out the classes and build the depth along the offensive line. They have some young and intriguing players to keep an eye on in the future, but as for this season, that main six -- Adams, Eldrenkamp, Shelton, Kirkland, Harris and McGary -- were the big reason for Washington's success when the offense was on the field.

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