Down in the Trench
Logan Mankins (
Logan Mankins ( Football Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2003

The key to every team this year will be the offensive line. Well, here in Bulldog country, the offensive line is looking real good. We have the depth, the size and the ability to lock down any defensive lineman, but will the inexperience cause all that to disappear. No matter what happens with this group of guys they will be well supported and they are already one of the fans favorite position.

The entire starting line is not set in stone and there will be a dogfight for a couple of positions, but we can pencil in a few. Logan Mankins is a definite starter at left tackle. He has started every game in his career. He is only a junior and now at 6’4 320lbs, has been named to the Outland award watch list and was named to the preseason All-WAC 1st team. His back up will be Chris Denman (6’6 260lbs). At the right tackle spot Matt Stevenson (6’7 290lbs.) is pretty much a lock for the starting job. The sophomore was a key backup last season and also started 3 games. His backup will be redshirt freshman Adam Messick (6’7 290lbs).

The guards will be an interesting position to watch during summer practice. There are four potential players who could be starters in the opening game. They will definitely have to earn their spots. Dartagnon Shack (6’2 300) probably is the only definite starter. In fact he started in 5 games last year and also saw time at the fullback position. The sophomore has been labeled as the strongest guy on the team, which sure helps on the field. Between Kawika Edwards (6’4 300), James Martin (6’4 305) and Sean Finnerty (6’3 285), there will be some tough competition. Anyone of them could start and anyone of them could be an All-WAC contender. Watching them in spring practice go at it, you couldn’t go wrong with either of them. James Martin was the MVP of his league while at Fresno City College. Kawika Edwards can play either guard positions and Sean Finnerty could also platy center. Another player that could see some action is Doug Roush (6’3 250) who moved over from the defensive end position.

The center is another battle but after the showing he put on in spring drills, Kyle Young (6’5 320) should be the starter. The freshman has shown the coaching staff and nation that he can play now. He has been named to the all-redshirt freshman team by college football news. He has all the tools to be an outstanding center and will be anchoring the line for years to come. Others who could see playing time are juniors Noah Pouono (6’3 290) and Kyle Sweeney (6’4 280).

I am looking forward to watching these guys battle it out in practice and in games. This is a great bunch of guys. The best thing about it is that there is not one senior, starter or backup on the team. With the likes of incoming freshman recruits Cole Popovich (6’2 274), Chris Piligian (6’6 255) and Dylan Storey (6’4 250) coming in, things are looking really good for the offensive line and they will lead us to national prominence.

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