2012 Preseason Player Rankings - Off. Guards
Georgia Tech OG Omoregie Uzzi
Georgia Tech OG Omoregie Uzzi
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Posted Aug 21, 2012


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1. Omoregie Uzzi, Sr. Georgia Tech
Uzzi is the headliner of the Yellow Jacket offensive line that will be among the best in the nation at opening things up for a dominant running game. The 6-3, 300-pounder is in his third year as a starter and in the hunt for his third straight All-ACC selection. He has the raw power and upper body strength needed to muscle his man out of the play, but like most blockers in a triple-option, Uzzi is at his best when he’s on the move. His balance and footwork make him a natural to destroy opponents when pulling and trapping on running plays.

2. Gabe Ikard, Jr. Oklahoma
The 6-4, 295-pound junior isn’t a big, bulky guard, but he’s athletic, quick, and very, very technically sound. He started the final 12 games of 2011 and took over the reins last year earning first team All-Big 12 honors showing his versatility moving from guard to center for a long stretch when Ben Habern went down. Now he’ll be a full-time guard who’s great in pass protection. While he’s not a blaster of a run blocker, the former tight end prospect gets the job done with his quickness.

3. Jonathan Cooper, Sr. North Carolina
Ready to shine at left guard will be the 6-3, 305-pound Cooper, a two-time Second Team All-ACC selection. He was second on the team with a grade of 86%, while racking up a Tar Heel-best 47 knockdown blocks. The senior—and veteran of 35 career starts—possesses the necessary skill set to be among the first few guards drafted next April, including the upper body strength to overpower opponents and the quick feet needed to get to the second level in a hurry.

4. Chance Warmack, Sr. Alabama
At 6-3 and 320 pounds, Warmack is a big blocker who has been one of the mainstays of the O line for the last two seasons. With the nearly impossible task of taking over for Mike Johnson two year ago, he proved he could do more than just hold his own and then last season he turned into even more of a dominant run blocker who grew into his vast potential. While he was a good recruit, he wasn’t the typical elite of the elite pickup like Alabama usually gets. Now he has worked his way into a terrific pro prospect with a sensational future. Going into his senior season he has turned into dominator with freakish strength and a great motor.

5. Larry Warford, Sr. Kentucky
The UK line has to be night-and-day better, and it all has to start with a big year from Warford, a huge 6-3, 333-pound right guard who earned second-team All-SEC honors in each of the last two seasons. A big-time run blocker with surprising athleticism, he can get out on the move and he moves his feet extremely well. While he’s still massive, he has slimmed down a wee bit and should be even quicker.

6. Braden Hansen, Sr. BYU
7. Chris Barker, Sr. Nevada
8. Chris McDonald, Sr. Michigan State
9. Mason Walters, Jr. Texas
10. La’el Collins, Soph. LSU
11. Carson York, Sr. Oregon
12. Joe Kellogg, Sr. Boise State
13. Lane Taylor, Sr. Oklahoma State
14. Dallas Thomas, Sr. Tennessee
15. Trey Hopkins, Jr. Texas
16. Blaize Foltz, Sr. TCU
17. Hugh Thornton, Sr. Illinois
18. Gabe Jackson, Jr. Mississippi State
19. Will Jackson, Jr. Georgia Tech
20. Darius Barnes, Sr. Southern Miss
21. Travis Bond, Sr. North Carolina
22. Andrew Norwell, Jr. Ohio State
23. Jeff Braun, Sr. West Virginia
24. Kevin Saia, Sr. Louisiana Tech
25. Erik Kohler, Jr. Washington
26. Spencer Long, Jr. Nebraska
27. Jacolby Ashworth, Sr. Houston
28. Christian Westerman, RFr. Auburn
29. Jake Smith, Soph. Louisville
30. Peters Drey, Sr. Purdue