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2009 CFN Preview - Unit Rankings ... OLs
USC C Kristofer O'Dowd
USC C Kristofer O'Dowd
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Posted Aug 12, 2009


CFN 2009 Preview Unit Rankings - Offensive Lines Ranked 1 to 120

 

Preview 2009 ... Unit Rankings

Offensive Lines

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1. USC
 
Last year, the Trojans rebuilt. This year, they'll dominate. With apologies to Texas and Florida, no one in the country will have a better offensive line. Arguably the best collection of blockers in the Pete Carroll era, the line has it all from depth and experience to run blocking and excellent pass protection ability. This is Exhibit A why the new starting quarterback should feel at ease.

2. Georgia
 
If everyone is healthy, this might turn out to be the nation's best offensive line and it might not even be close. Assuming Trinton Studivant is back to being the 2007 version at left tackle, everything else will fall into place with depth, versatility, and a whole bunch of big-time talent. The line only allowed 17 sacks and paved the way for 148 yards per game, and now it should be even better with eight players returning with starting experience. The rest of the offense will look a whole bunch better because of this group. And here's the scary part; Vince Vance is the only senior on the three-deep.

3. Iowa
 
After a disastrous 2007 when no one could stay healthy, last year's line came together and was a dominant force by the end of the season. Now it'll be among the best lines in America if, and it's a huge, screaming if, injuries aren't an issue. Bryan Bulaga and Kyle Calloway aren't the problems at tackle, but from Dace Richardson's knee, to the shoulder of Andy Kuempel, to the leg problems of Rafael Eubanks, the Iowa line has several players who likely won't play an entire season. Better pass protection is a must, but the running game will thrive under this group.

4. Oklahoma State
 
Fantastic over the last few years, the line will be a major strength once again. It won't be as good as last year's line after it had the luxury of all five starters in place for the entire season, but it'll be plenty strong. Russell Okung might be the greatest lineman in school history, and the other four starters are big enough and talented enough to form a formidable front wall.

5. Florida State
 
On a national level, the story is going to get undersold, but O line coach Rick Trickett did a magnificent job of coaching up so many young kids a year ago. Somehow he kept everything together, leading the program to its best season running the ball since 2000. The real rewards start coming this fall when that offensive line, now a year more mature, begins to dominate opponents and start playing up to coach’s expectations. Junior guard Rodney Hudson is special.

6. Texas
 
Texas has a very good line, but is it special? With four starters returning it has the potential to be air tight at times. Adam Ulatoski will be starting in the NFL in the near future and Kyle Hix is an emerging star at right tackle. Now the star recruits from last year have to provide a push to the starters, and overall, the line has to dominate on a regular basis. This group has to pound a little more for the running game.

7. Boston College
 
In a sea of uncertainty and change, this offensive line shines through as the Eagles’ most reliable unit heading into the 2009 season. Anthony Castonzo is about to take his brand outside the borders of the ACC, and the supporting cast is long on talent and upside. Rich Lapham is a rising star.

8. Florida
 
Unsung throughout last year, the Gator line was fantastic in all areas. Great in pass protection and able to pound away for the ground game, Florida was tenth in the nation, and first in the SEC, in rushing and was 13th in the country in sacks allowed. While there will be some shuffling, this should still be one of the SEC's best lines, led by the Pouncey brothers, Mike and Maurkice, and it should be terrific once again.

9. LSU
 
Disappointing last year, the pass protection was mediocre and the run blocking was fine, but nothing special. This year's line has plenty of talent with Ciron Black and Joseph Barksdale a nice tackle pair, and Lyle Hitt a great blocker who should get more attention. This might not be a consistently  dominant front five, but it'll be great at times.

10. Missouri
 
The line was fantastic last season in pass protection, partly because of the style of offense and the quick decision making ability of Chase Daniel, and it should be even better with three starters returning and a new star in Dan Hoch on the outside. As long as everyone stays healthy, this will be one of the team's bigger strengths. Guard Kurtis Gregory and center Tim Barnes are all-stars who'll come up with big years.

11 Ohio State
12 Oklahoma
13 Rutgers 
14 Air Force
15 Illinois
16 Oregon
17 Penn State
18 California
19 Alabama
20 West Virginia
21 Michigan
22 TCU
23 Nebraska
24 Tennessee
25 Colorado State
26 Kentucky
27 Connecticut
28 Northwestern
29 Ole Miss
30 Oregon State
31 Texas Tech
32 Wisconsin
33 Georgia Tech
34 Arizona
35 Miami  
36 BYU
37 Colorado  
38 Fresno State
39 Pitt
40 Utah  
41 Auburn
42 Virginia  
43 Wake Forest
44 Stanford
45 Kansas State
46 Vanderbilt
47 New Mexico  
48 Louisiana Tech
49 UL Lafayette
50 Kansas
51 Arkansas
52 Michigan State
53 South Florida
54 Cincinnati
55 Virginia Tech
56 NC State
57 Clemson
58 North Carolina
59 Minnesota
60 Boise State
61 Louisville 
62 Iowa State
63 East Carolina
64 Indiana 
65 Northern Illinois
66 Wyoming
67 Notre Dame
68 Nevada
69 Maryland 
70 Baylor
71 South Carolina
72 UNLV
73 Duke
74 Purdue
75 Toledo
76 Mississippi State
77 UCLA 
78 Akron
79 Marshall
80 Troy
81 Houston
82 Central Michigan
83 Texas A&M
84 Arizona State
85 Washington  
86 Florida Atlantic
87 Syracuse
88 Western Michigan
89 UTEP
90 Washington State
91 Bowling Green
92 Miami Univ.
93 Kent State
94 Navy
95 San Diego State
96 Middle Tennessee
97 Southern Miss
98 Buffalo
99 Arkansas State
100 Tulsa
101 Memphis
102 Eastern Michigan
103 Ball State
104 San Jose State
105 Hawaii
106 Ohio  
107 UAB
108 North Texas
109 FIU
110 Rice
111 Tulane
112 Temple
113 Utah State
114 Western Kentucky
115 Army
116 SMU
117 Idaho
118 UL Monroe
119 UCF
120 New Mexico State