2014 Big 12 Preview: Off. Line Unit Rankings

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Preview 2014 - Big 12 Offensive Line Unit Rankings & Breakdowns

Offensive Lines


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1. Oklahoma
Can the line protect Trevor Knight without all-star center Gabe Ikard? A good-looking recruiting class is coming in, but as is, the Sooner line should be outstanding, especially on the outside with Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams each ready to blossom into steadier tackles. Guard Adam Shead is a good veteran, and Ty Darlington should be able to step in for Ikard and be fine.
Unit Ranking: 8

2. Baylor
The Bears threw the ball close to 450 times last year and the line allowed just 22 sacks Top guard Cyril Richardson is gone, but Spencer Drango is back at tackle and Demine Hilliard is a decent option and right guard. However, three starters are gone needing Troy Baker to shine at right tackle and the depth to quickly develop.
Unit Ranking: 7

3. Texas
The Longhorns might have had major problems last year, but the O line wasn’t really a part of the issue doing a great job in pass protection and paving the way for a nice year for the ground game. Only two starters are back, but it’s going to be a far more physical group that should be good in time. Are there any superstars? Former JUCO star Desmond Harrison needs to stay healthy and be great at left tackle.
Unit Ranking: 7

4. Oklahoma State
The line was the best in the conference in pass protection, and it should be good again with Daniel Koenig back at one tackle spot and versatile guard Chris Grisbhy also back. The other three spots need to be replaced including star guard Parker Graham, but it’s an athletic line that needs to be consistent.
Unit Ranking: 7

5. TCU
The line was the best in the Big 12 when it came to allowing plays behind the line, and now it has to beef up the interior. The tackles are set with Joseph Noteboom and Halapoulivaati Vaitai on the outside, and enter Joey Hunt is solid, but the guards have to be replaced with JUCO transfer Frank Kee coming in to push for a job and Jamelle Naff needing to become a factor. Even so, expect this group to pave the way for a good ground game.
Unit Ranking: 7

6. Texas Tech
All five starters are back to a line that was mediocre in pass protection but should be terrific if everyone can stay healthy. Le’Raven Clark is a big, talented blocker who can work just about anywhere up front, and there’s good athleticism inside. There’s depth to go along with the strong starting five, and it should be a far more consistent unit that’s stronger at keeping Davis Webb upright.
Unit Ranking: 7

7. Kansas State
B.J. Finney is the Big 12’s best center, and he needs to be even better with three starters being replaced. Left guard Cody Whitehair is back, but the Wildcats will rely on JUCO transfer Luke Hayes at one tackle spot and need fellow JUCO transfer A.J. Allen to take over the other. There might not be a boatload of depth, but the starting five will be solid.
Unit Ranking: 7

8. West Virginia
Just two starters are back with Quinton Spain an excellent guard and former JUCO transfer Mark Glowinski needs to be a factor. Youth is the key with sophomores Tyler Orlosky and Adam Pankey each needing to shine at center and tackle, respectively. This unit won’t be a killer, but it’ll be productive.
Unit Ranking: 7

9. Iowa State
Awful last season, the line at least returns all five starters and should be more consistent and far, far better if everyone can stay healthy. Injuries were a major issue, but at least that allowed several options to see meaningful time. Tom Farniok is a decent center, and now there’s depth to play around with.
Unit Ranking: 6.5

10. Kansas
Okay for the running game and decent in pass protection considering the overall problems, the line has to be far better with three starters returning. It should be a more physical front five with Mike Smithburg and Ngalu Fusimalohi punching away inside. There will be some moving around before the final starting lineup is settled.
Unit Ranking: 6