A quick glance at the offensive line

Offensive line is a key unit for the Wildcat football team. The offense has playmakers but needs production from the guys up-front if they want to succeed. Injuries and player attrition has really hurt the unit, but this year they have depth and seem to be healthy.

Position Coach: Eric Wolford
Returning Starters: Chris Johnson (12 starts), Keoki Fraser (12 starts), Kili Lefotu (12 games), Brandon Phillips (3 games), Tanner Bell (4 games), John Abramo (4 games)
Starters Lost: Reggie Sampay (graduation), Keith Jackson (Suspension)
Top Reserves: John Parada, Erick Levitre, Peter Graniello, Phillip Brown
Newcomers: Eddie Rollman (HS), Dillon Hansen (HS), Sheldon Watts (HS), Danny Espinosa (HS), Joe Longacre (HS), Bill Wacholz (HS)
Other Departures: Tom Robinson (left team), Phil Clark (left team), Ismail Garcia (academics)

Johnson and Fraser are fifth-year seniors, while Phillips is a sixth-year player. Lefotu, Bell and Parada all started as true freshmen, but Bell and Parada have battled injuries. Abramo, a former walk-on, filled in and was great at the end of last season. Graniello got a lot of reps this spring and should be in the mix. Of the newcomers, Hansen, Rollman and Wacholz seem the most ready to contribute.

2004 DEPTH CHART

PLAYER

YEAR

HT

WT

HOME

LEFT TACKLE

1

Chris Johnson

RS-SR

6-3

310

Houston (North Shore)

2

Tanner Bell

JR

6-8

308

Catroville, CA (N. Monterey County)

LEFT GUARD

1

John Abramo

RS-JR

6-4

294

Los Altos Hills, CA (St. Francis)

2

John Parada

RS-SO

6-7

310

Alta Loma, CA (Alta Loma)

CENTER

1

Keoki Fraser

RS-SR

6-3

295

Waimanalo, HI (Kailua)

2

Erick Levitre

RS-SO

6-1

270

Ben Lomond, CA (San Lorenzo Valley)

RIGHT GUARD

1

Kili Lefotu

JR

6-5

320

Riverside, CA (Arlington)

2

Phillip Brown

RS-FR

6-3

305

Scottsdale, AZ (Horizon)

RIGHT TACKLE

1

Peter Graniello

RS-FR

6-7

293

El Paso, TX (Coronado)

2

Tanner Bell

JR

6-8

308

Catroville, CA (N. Monterey County)

3

Brandon Phillips

RS-SR

6-8

310

Chandler, AZ (Corona del Sol)

Parada, Bell, Abramo and Phillips all missed time in the spring with injuries…Phillips may have to sit out some games because he signed with an agent before being granted the sixth year of eligibility…Coach John Peterson was supposed to coach centers and guard, but took a job at Ohio State prior to spring practice ending…Eric Wolford will now coach the entire line, after initially being hired to coach tackles and tight ends…Johnson, Fraser and Lefotu started every game, with Johnson and Fraser starting every game at the same position… Wacholz was a late signee, who didn't get an offer until after he snuck into a JUCO combine and impressed coaches.

E-mail Brad at bradallis@msn.com

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