Spring Review: Offensive Line

Spring Review: Offensive Line

No position is more key to the success of the Wildcats this season than the offensive line. The coaches seem pleased with the depth and there is a lot of potential. There are also a lot of questions after the fall.

POST SPRING DEPTH CHART

Right Tackle
1. Tanner Bell, Sr.
2. Eben Britton, Fr.

Right Guard
1. Joe Longacre, So.
2. Daniel Borg, Fr.

Center
1. Erick Levitre, Sr.
2. Blake Kerley, Fr.

Left Guard
1. Adam Hawes, Sr.
2. Bill Wacholz, So.
3. Daniel Borg, Fr.

Left Tackle
1. Peter Graniello, Jr.
2. Adam Grant, Fr.
3. James Tretheway, Jr.

WHAT WE KNOW
*Tanner Bell had a great spring. The fifth year senior showed a lot of toughness and held off all comers.

*Eben Britton had a great spring as well and is not too far behind Bell.

*Daniel Borg really impressed the coaches. Borg showed he can play either guard spot and can also swing over the tackle.

*Erick Levitre is a fighter. For two years people have assumed that Blake Kerley would win the starting center position and, at least heading into fall, Levitre has held him off.

*Despite being listed second on the depth chart, Kerley came on very strong the final portion on spring ball.

*Adam Hawes missed most of spring ball and will have to really earn a starting spot in the fall.

*Like Kerley, Bill Wacholz came on strong at the end of the spring.

*After a disappointing sophomore season, Peter Graniello had a really good spring and seems poised to keep the left tackle spot.

*Adams Grant was impressive in his first spring as an offensive lineman. He began his career as a tight end.

*James Tretheway did some nice things, but needs to add more weight.

*Joe Barresi left the team after spring ball.

*Dylan Hansen was not medically cleared to participate this spring and his football career appears over.

WHAT WE DON'T KNOW
*With Kili Lefotu and John Abramo moving on, who will lead this unit?

*Can they establish the run? Last year they were very good at pass blocking, but struggled to consistently open up holes for runners.

*How will Bell finish out his Wildcat career? Bell was granted an extra year of eligibility. Can he follow up his terrific spring with a terrific senior season? *Where will Daniel Borg wind up? With his versatility he will be a factor at both guard spots.

*Can Erick Levitre hold off Blake Kerley? Levitre is a former walk-on and maybe the shortest offensive lineman in the Pac-10, but he keeps getting the job done.

*Can Hawes live up to the hype? Injuries and a late start last year have kept Hawes from being the dominant lineman the team hoped he'd be. He needs to maximize his reps this spring, while managing to hold off Wacholz and Borg.

*Will the real Graniello please stand up? Two years ago he was a freshman All-American, last year he was inconsistent. Which one will it be this season? *With Tretheway redshirt? He needs to bulk up and contend for a starting spot. If he fails to do either expect him to redshirt and go to it in 2007.

WHAT WE THINK:

*The Bell/Britton battle will be one of the most competitive on the team this fall. Expect both to play.

*Borg will start at one of the two guard positions.

*No true freshmen will play right away. All of them will redshirt, although Jovon Hayes will put some pressure on older players.

*The line will be noticeably better this season, especially in the run.

*Graniello will rebound and put together a solid season.

*Tretheway will redshirt and then contend for a starting spot in 2007.

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