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2010 Toledo Preview - Offense

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Posted Aug 6, 2010


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Preview 2010 - Offense

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What You Need To Know: Loaded. The offense that led the MAC with 438 yards per game and scored fewer than 20 points just once (a shutout loss to Ohio State) gets four starters back on a rock of an offensive line, four good options at quarterback, four good options at running back, and several big, promising wide receivers to complement last year’s true freshman star, Eric Page. The only concerns early on will be the depth on the offensive line, there’s no experience among the backups, while a sure-thing No. 2 receiver has to step in for Stephen Williams to help out Page, but all the parts are there. It’ll be running back-by-rotation for a while, and Austin Dantin leads a good competition at quarterback with several options for the coaching staff to work with.

Returning Leaders
Passing: Austin Dantin
79-119, 962 yds, 4 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: Morgan Williams
74 carries, 444 yds, 2 TD
Receiving: Eric Page
82 catches, 1,159 yds, 7 TD

Star of the offense: Sophomore WR Eric Page
Player who has to step up and be a star: Junior WR Kenny Stafford
Unsung star on the rise: Freshman WR James Green
Best pro prospect: Junior OT Mike VanDerMeulen
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Page, 2) RB Morgan Williams, 3) C Kevin Kowaslki
Strength of the offense: Offensive Line, Running Back
Weakness of the offense: Proven Depth, Proven No. 2 WR

Quarterbacks

Projected Starter: The plan was for Aaron Opelt to light up defenses like a Christmas tree all season long, but halfway through the year, true freshman Austin Dantin had to step in and he did a decent job leading the way to wins over Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan and throwing for 326 yards against Bowling Green. At 6-2 and 189 pounds, the sophomore isn’t all that big, but he has a decent, accurate arm and he can run. Now he needs to be more consistent and has to limit the little mistakes, but after completing 66% of his passes for 962 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions, he has the inside track for the job.

Projected Top Reserves While Dantin is the leader for the starting job, sophomore David Pasquale will get every shot. At 6-2 and 225 pounds he has great size and a world of upside, but he needs a ton of time and he needs to keep on throwing. His strength is his running ability, being used mostly in Wildcat formations and when the offense was looking to change things up running for 78 yards and three scores in a limited role. If he gets the reps, he could end up being the best option of the lot.

6-3, 175-pound redshirt freshman Terrence Owens might be a bit of a stringbean, but he bulked up over the last year and looks more of the part. He’s a playmaking option who can do things on the move and has a decent enough arm to get a long look for playing time. Call him the X factor.

Senior Alex Pettee was brought over from the JUCO ranks last season and was expected to be a major factor right away, but he only got a little bit of playing time and threw for 380 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions with 265 yards in the loss to NIU. At 6-2 and 203 pounds he has good size, but he’s not much of a runner and has to bomb away and make things happen deep to get a longer look at the job.

Watch Out For … an ongoing battle for the job. There are four excellent options who can each step in and start, and while it’s Dantin’s job to lose, the chances will be there for the other three to take over.
Strength: Options. It would be nice if one player could step up and become the unquestioned starter and the unquestioned leader and the star of the offense, but if the coaching staff knows what it’s doing, it should be able to figure out who the best one is with a little bit of time.
Weakness: A sure-thing starter. The winner of the starting job coming out of offseason practices will be looking over his shoulder all season long. There will be three players pushing for the No. 1 spot, even if the coaches say something different.
Outlook: Toledo always gets production out of the quarterbacks and the starter will be a statistical star. Dantin is likely the safest option of the lot, Pasquale has the biggest upside, Owens will be a good one in time, and Pettee is an ideal backup who can step in and produce cold off the bench.
Unit Rating: 6.5

Running Backs

Projected Starters: Junior Morgan Williams was relegated to a No. 2 role after a strong freshman season. In 2008 he tore off 330 yards in a blowout win over Miami University and finished with a team-leading 1,010 yards and six scores, but last season he only got 74 carries running for 444 yards and two scores, averaging six yards per carry, while giving way to a healthy DaJuane Collins. Williams is a slippery 5-11, 197-pounder who can catch as well as provide surprising power with his speed, but he’ll be part of a rotation and won’t likely be a workhorse.

Projected Top Reserves Junior Adonis Thomas has come up with a strong offseason and is worthy of seeing more time. Very fast, the 5-10, 175-pounder will be used as a home-run hitter with a flash of lightning in space. He ran for 151 yards and no scores in a limited role last season, but he’ll now most likely be involved with at least ten touches a game.

5-11, 198-pound sophomore Jake Walker hasn’t been able to get the ball much in a crowded backfield, but he’s a tough runner and is one of the team’s bigger backs … but barely. He plays much tougher than his size and will push for the hard yards on the inside, but he only ran seven times for 18 yards last season and ended up redshirting with a crowded backfield limiting his work.

Getting some of the workload will be Darius Reeves , a 6-1, 192-pound redshirt freshman who was one of the team’s top recruits last year. He was supposed to see time right away, but he got hurt and ended up redshirting. With excellent speed and quickness, he was considered a possible corner prospect coming out of high school, but he’s too good a runner to not work on offense.

Watch Out For … Reeves. While Williams and Thomas will likely split the workload early on, Reeves has the skills to emerge as the star of the lot with a little bit of time. It might take him a little while to get into the fold, but he’ll be too good to keep on the bench.
Strength: Quickness. Williams, Thomas, and Reeves can all cut on a dime, while Walker moves well for being a hard-nosed runner.
Weakness: Pure power. Walker will grind it when needed but the Rockets don’t have a true thumper who can guarantee six inches on a big down.
Outlook: Toledo’s offense will feature the passing game as much as possible, but the running backs might be the strength of the team with four tremendous parts. Unless the offensive line goes into the tank, there’s no excuse to not get at least 2,000 combined yards out of this group.
Unit Rating: 6.5

Receivers

Projected Starters: The receiving corps was considered to be one of the team’s biggest strengths going into last year so it was going to take something special to crack the starting lineup. As a true freshman, Eric Page not only got in the mix, but he became a star leading the nation in receptions by a freshman with a team-leading 82 catches for 1,159 yards and seven touchdowns. Only 5-10 and 165 pounds, he’s not a big target and he’s not all that fast, but he’s very smart, is a great route runner, and never, ever makes mistakes. Catching everything that comes his way, he made 12 grabs against Purdue, 11 against Ball State, and ten against Northern Illinois, but he only scored once in the final six games.

Trying to step in and take over for Stephen Williams, the team’s second-leading receiver last season, will be Kenny Stafford , a 6-4, 204-pound junior with tremendous size and good upside. He was supposed to be a big part of the passing game last year, but he only caught 14 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns averaging 15.2 yards per grab. While he has improved and the coaching staff has faith in him, the light needs to go on for him to be the playmaker needed to complement Page.

Working at the inside Z position will be Jimmy Davidson , a 6-4, 201-pound sophomore who didn’t make a grab last year. A better defensive back coming out of high school than he was a receiver, he has good size and decent athletic ability, but he’ll have to hold off several decent prospects to prove that he deserves the work that will be thrown his way. He has the tools, but he’s going to be a work in progress.

Toledo has always done a good job of involving the tight end, and now it has to hope that junior Danny Noble can do more. A good runner who’s more like a big wide receiver than a true tight end, the 6-5, 233-pounder finished third on the team with 26 catches for 257 yards and a touchdown. Originally recruited to play tight end, he was going to be moved over to wide receiver and ended up serving as a tight end in name only. He’s not a great blocker, but he has great hands.

Projected Top Reserves The hope was for Sam Gaymon to make a big impact last year, but he didn’t make a catch in the five games he played in. The 6-3, 200-pound sophomore was a big-time recruit a few years ago but has yet to come through. This year he’ll need to use his combination of skills to step it up at the outside X position.

Junior Tim Cortazzo has the wheels to be used more as a deep threat. The 6-1, 198-pounder has 4.3 speed and the skills to be used anywhere in the receiving corps, and he made the most of his three catches going for 64 yards and a touchdown averaging 21.3 yards per catch. In an ideal world he’ll take advantage of single coverage on the outside and will make more big plays, but he’ll play where needed.

It’s possible that true freshman James Green will be the team’s best receiver from Day One. The 6-3, 200-pounder from Miami was one of the team’s top recruits after he originally signed with Tennessee when Lane Kiffin was there. So how did he get to Toledo? Rocket QB Austin Dantin was his pitcher in high school. Green went from being an option quarterback to a dangerous receiver and a deep threat. If he’s not an All-MAC star right away, it’ll be a major disappointment.

Junior Jerome Jones should be a matchup nightmare. At 6-7 and 229 pounds he has tremendous height and good athleticism, but he was a better high school defender than a receiver. He only caught one pass for 21 yards last season and has yet to stand out, other than having great size, and he’ll be a bigger part of a two-tight end set.

Watch Out For … Green. If a marginal, try-hard talent like Page could be the star receiver as a true freshman, than what could Green do? This is a big-time talent who would’ve been a part of the mix at Tennessee right away, and he could be the No. 1 target from the moment he steps on the practice field.
Strength: Size. Other than the wispy Page, Toledo has big receivers … as always. Stafford, Gaymon, and Davidson lead a group of very tall targets who should give smaller secondaries several huge problems.
Weakness: A sure-thing No. 2 target. Page isn’t fast enough to be a true No. 1 without help like he got with Stephen Williams on the other side. Toledo has plenty of interesting options, but someone has to prove able to step into the role and be a dangerous playmaker. That could by Green or Stafford, and there isn’t too much of a concern from the coaching staff, but inexperience could be an issue early on.
Outlook: There’s a world of size, speed, and upside to a UT receiving corps that has a proven producer in Page and tons of talent to spread the work around. Who can take advantage of the mismatches the best? The chances will be there for all the dangerous prospects.
Unit Rating: 6

Offensive Line

Projected Starters: Toledo had one of the MAC’s best offensive lines but didn’t have anyone on the All-MAC teams. Even so, center Kevin Kowalski comes close as the leader of the veteran front five. The 6-4, 299-pound senior started every game at right guard two years ago and brought his tremendous strength and great run blocking skills to the middle, making the move without a problem. The coaching staff loves him.

This might be Kowalski’s line, left tackle Mike VanDerMeulen has the potential to be the star. The 6-7, 304-pound senior had a nice year two seasons after doing the impossible by taking over for three-time All-MAC star, John Greco. Weight is his issue having blooming up to around 325 pounds before slimming back down, and now he’s solid, athletic, and a strong pass protector.

Returning to his spot at right tackle will be John Morookian , a 6-5, 301-pound junior who was barely a part of the program a few years ago, grayshirting and waiting for his turn, and now has become a key part of the equation. While he’s not the most talented blocker, he goes all-out, is decent in pass protection, and fights hard to finish his blocks.

6-2, 306-pound senior Nate Cole went from being a spot-starter to a 12-game rock at right guard with good size and nice drive-blocking ability. He’s not the swiftest of linemen, but he’s good at handling the bigger tackles and isn’t bad when he gets his mitts on the quicker ones. He could move to center if needed.

The only new starter to the mix will be Phillipkeith Manley , a 6-5, 309-pound junior who has the faith of the coaches. One of the team’s most versatile linemen, he’s more of a tackle than a guard, but will step in at left guard where he’ll benefit from being next to VanDerMeulen. He’s tall with the long arms and frame to be a good pass-protector on the outside.

Projected Top Reserves Pushing Manley for a guard spot will be 6-6, 300-pound Fadi Farha , a promising sophomore who has yet to see the field. More of a tackle than a guard, he has the build and the feet to move outside if needed, but he’s needed more on the inside.

Zac Kerin is still figuring out how to play tackle after spending most of his high school career as a defensive lineman. He doesn’t have the quickness or athleticism to play left tackle, but he’ll see time on the right side in a rotation with Morookian.

6-6, 300-pound sophomore A.J. Lindeman hasn’t seen any playing time yet, but he’s a decent athlete for his size and will be tried out at left tackle. While he’s not going to push VanDerMuelen out of a job, he’ll see action. He’ll also be tried out on the right side, too.

Watch Out For … Manley. He has the size and the tools, and even though he’ll be the new starter on the line, he has the potential to be an instant factor … two years late. He hasn’t done enough so far, but the team needs him now.
Strength: Experience. Four starters return to a line that was among the best in the conference in pass protection and was one of the main reasons the offense led the MAC in yards. This is a durable group.
Weakness: The twos. On the plus side, all five of last year’s starters played every game without one change in the starting rotation. However, all five of last year’s starters played every game without one change in the starting rotation. There’s almost no appreciable experience outside of the four returning starters.
Outlook: It’ll be a major disappointment if this isn’t one of the MAC’s best lines. Can there be the same durability as last year? If so, everything will be fine for a big, tough group that’s not only experienced and solid, but it’s also relatively young with just two seniors on the two-deep.
Unit Rating: 6.5

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Preview 2010 - Offense

- 2010 Toledo Preview | 2010 Toledo Offense
- 2010 Toledo Defense | 2010 Toledo Depth Chart
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What You Need To Know: Loaded. The offense that led the MAC with 438 yards per game and scored fewer than 20 points just once (a shutout loss to Ohio State) gets four starters back on a rock of an offensive line, four good options at quarterback, four good options at running back, and several big, promising wide receivers to complement last year’s true freshman star, Eric Page. The only concerns early on will be the depth on the offensive line, there’s no experience among the backups, while a sure-thing No. 2 receiver has to step in for Stephen Williams to help out Page, but all the parts are there. It’ll be running back-by-rotation for a while, and Austin Dantin leads a good competition at quarterback with several options for the coaching staff to work with.

Returning Leaders
Passing: Austin Dantin
79-119, 962 yds, 4 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: Morgan Williams
74 carries, 444 yds, 2 TD
Receiving: Eric Page
82 catches, 1,159 yds, 7 TD

Star of the offense: Sophomore WR Eric Page
Player who has to step up and be a star: Junior WR Kenny Stafford
Unsung star on the rise: Freshman WR James Green
Best pro prospect: Junior OT Mike VanDerMeulen
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Page, 2) RB Morgan Williams, 3) C Kevin Kowaslki
Strength of the offense: Offensive Line, Running Back
Weakness of the offense: Proven Depth, Proven No. 2 WR

Quarterbacks

Projected Starter: The plan was for Aaron Opelt to light up defenses like a Christmas tree all season long, but halfway through the year, true freshman Austin Dantin had to step in and he did a decent job leading the way to wins over Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan and throwing for 326 yards against Bowling Green. At 6-2 and 189 pounds, the sophomore isn’t all that big, but he has a decent, accurate arm and he can run. Now he needs to be more consistent and has to limit the little mistakes, but after completing 66% of his passes for 962 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions, he has the inside track for the job.

Projected Top Reserves While Dantin is the leader for the starting job, sophomore David Pasquale will get every shot. At 6-2 and 225 pounds he has great size and a world of upside, but he needs a ton of time and he needs to keep on throwing. His strength is his running ability, being used mostly in Wildcat formations and when the offense was looking to change things up running for 78 yards and three scores in a limited role. If he gets the reps, he could end up being the best option of the lot.

6-3, 175-pound redshirt freshman Terrence Owens might be a bit of a stringbean, but he bulked up over the last year and looks more of the part. He’s a playmaking option who can do things on the move and has a decent enough arm to get a long look for playing time. Call him the X factor.

Senior Alex Pettee was brought over from the JUCO ranks last season and was expected to be a major factor right away, but he only got a little bit of playing time and threw for 380 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions with 265 yards in the loss to NIU. At 6-2 and 203 pounds he has good size, but he’s not much of a runner and has to bomb away and make things happen deep to get a longer look at the job.

Watch Out For … an ongoing battle for the job. There are four excellent options who can each step in and start, and while it’s Dantin’s job to lose, the chances will be there for the other three to take over.
Strength: Options. It would be nice if one player could step up and become the unquestioned starter and the unquestioned leader and the star of the offense, but if the coaching staff knows what it’s doing, it should be able to figure out who the best one is with a little bit of time.
Weakness: A sure-thing starter. The winner of the starting job coming out of offseason practices will be looking over his shoulder all season long. There will be three players pushing for the No. 1 spot, even if the coaches say something different.
Outlook: Toledo always gets production out of the quarterbacks and the starter will be a statistical star. Dantin is likely the safest option of the lot, Pasquale has the biggest upside, Owens will be a good one in time, and Pettee is an ideal backup who can step in and produce cold off the bench.
Unit Rating: 6.5

Running Backs

Projected Starters: Junior Morgan Williams was relegated to a No. 2 role after a strong freshman season. In 2008 he tore off 330 yards in a blowout win over Miami University and finished with a team-leading 1,010 yards and six scores, but last season he only got 74 carries running for 444 yards and two scores, averaging six yards per carry, while giving way to a healthy DaJuane Collins. Williams is a slippery 5-11, 197-pounder who can catch as well as provide surprising power with his speed, but he’ll be part of a rotation and won’t likely be a workhorse.

Projected Top Reserves Junior Adonis Thomas has come up with a strong offseason and is worthy of seeing more time. Very fast, the 5-10, 175-pounder will be used as a home-run hitter with a flash of lightning in space. He ran for 151 yards and no scores in a limited role last season, but he’ll now most likely be involved with at least ten touches a game.

5-11, 198-pound sophomore Jake Walker hasn’t been able to get the ball much in a crowded backfield, but he’s a tough runner and is one of the team’s bigger backs … but barely. He plays much tougher than his size and will push for the hard yards on the inside, but he only ran seven times for 18 yards last season and ended up redshirting with a crowded backfield limiting his work.

Getting some of the workload will be Darius Reeves , a 6-1, 192-pound redshirt freshman who was one of the team’s top recruits last year. He was supposed to see time right away, but he got hurt and ended up redshirting. With excellent speed and quickness, he was considered a possible corner prospect coming out of high school, but he’s too good a runner to not work on offense.

Watch Out For … Reeves. While Williams and Thomas will likely split the workload early on, Reeves has the skills to emerge as the star of the lot with a little bit of time. It might take him a little while to get into the fold, but he’ll be too good to keep on the bench.
Strength: Quickness. Williams, Thomas, and Reeves can all cut on a dime, while Walker moves well for being a hard-nosed runner.
Weakness: Pure power. Walker will grind it when needed but the Rockets don’t have a true thumper who can guarantee six inches on a big down.
Outlook: Toledo’s offense will feature the passing game as much as possible, but the running backs might be the strength of the team with four tremendous parts. Unless the offensive line goes into the tank, there’s no excuse to not get at least 2,000 combined yards out of this group.
Unit Rating: 6.5

Receivers

Projected Starters: The receiving corps was considered to be one of the team’s biggest strengths going into last year so it was going to take something special to crack the starting lineup. As a true freshman, Eric Page not only got in the mix, but he became a star leading the nation in receptions by a freshman with a team-leading 82 catches for 1,159 yards and seven touchdowns. Only 5-10 and 165 pounds, he’s not a big target and he’s not all that fast, but he’s very smart, is a great route runner, and never, ever makes mistakes. Catching everything that comes his way, he made 12 grabs against Purdue, 11 against Ball State, and ten against Northern Illinois, but he only scored once in the final six games.

Trying to step in and take over for Stephen Williams, the team’s second-leading receiver last season, will be Kenny Stafford , a 6-4, 204-pound junior with tremendous size and good upside. He was supposed to be a big part of the passing game last year, but he only caught 14 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns averaging 15.2 yards per grab. While he has improved and the coaching staff has faith in him, the light needs to go on for him to be the playmaker needed to complement Page.

Working at the inside Z position will be Jimmy Davidson , a 6-4, 201-pound sophomore who didn’t make a grab last year. A better defensive back coming out of high school than he was a receiver, he has good size and decent athletic ability, but he’ll have to hold off several decent prospects to prove that he deserves the work that will be thrown his way. He has the tools, but he’s going to be a work in progress.

Toledo has always done a good job of involving the tight end, and now it has to hope that junior Danny Noble can do more. A good runner who’s more like a big wide receiver than a true tight end, the 6-5, 233-pounder finished third on the team with 26 catches for 257 yards and a touchdown. Originally recruited to play tight end, he was going to be moved over to wide receiver and ended up serving as a tight end in name only. He’s not a great blocker, but he has great hands.

Projected Top Reserves The hope was for Sam Gaymon to make a big impact last year, but he didn’t make a catch in the five games he played in. The 6-3, 200-pound sophomore was a big-time recruit a few years ago but has yet to come through. This year he’ll need to use his combination of skills to step it up at the outside X position.

Junior Tim Cortazzo has the wheels to be used more as a deep threat. The 6-1, 198-pounder has 4.3 speed and the skills to be used anywhere in the receiving corps, and he made the most of his three catches going for 64 yards and a touchdown averaging 21.3 yards per catch. In an ideal world he’ll take advantage of single coverage on the outside and will make more big plays, but he’ll play where needed.

It’s possible that true freshman James Green will be the team’s best receiver from Day One. The 6-3, 200-pounder from Miami was one of the team’s top recruits after he originally signed with Tennessee when Lane Kiffin was there. So how did he get to Toledo? Rocket QB Austin Dantin was his pitcher in high school. Green went from being an option quarterback to a dangerous receiver and a deep threat. If he’s not an All-MAC star right away, it’ll be a major disappointment.

Junior Jerome Jones should be a matchup nightmare. At 6-7 and 229 pounds he has tremendous height and good athleticism, but he was a better high school defender than a receiver. He only caught one pass for 21 yards last season and has yet to stand out, other than having great size, and he’ll be a bigger part of a two-tight end set.

Watch Out For … Green. If a marginal, try-hard talent like Page could be the star receiver as a true freshman, than what could Green do? This is a big-time talent who would’ve been a part of the mix at Tennessee right away, and he could be the No. 1 target from the moment he steps on the practice field.
Strength: Size. Other than the wispy Page, Toledo has big receivers … as always. Stafford, Gaymon, and Davidson lead a group of very tall targets who should give smaller secondaries several huge problems.
Weakness: A sure-thing No. 2 target. Page isn’t fast enough to be a true No. 1 without help like he got with Stephen Williams on the other side. Toledo has plenty of interesting options, but someone has to prove able to step into the role and be a dangerous playmaker. That could by Green or Stafford, and there isn’t too much of a concern from the coaching staff, but inexperience could be an issue early on.
Outlook: There’s a world of size, speed, and upside to a UT receiving corps that has a proven producer in Page and tons of talent to spread the work around. Who can take advantage of the mismatches the best? The chances will be there for all the dangerous prospects.
Unit Rating: 6

Offensive Line

Projected Starters: Toledo had one of the MAC’s best offensive lines but didn’t have anyone on the All-MAC teams. Even so, center Kevin Kowalski comes close as the leader of the veteran front five. The 6-4, 299-pound senior started every game at right guard two years ago and brought his tremendous strength and great run blocking skills to the middle, making the move without a problem. The coaching staff loves him.

This might be Kowalski’s line, left tackle Mike VanDerMeulen has the potential to be the star. The 6-7, 304-pound senior had a nice year two seasons after doing the impossible by taking over for three-time All-MAC star, John Greco. Weight is his issue having blooming up to around 325 pounds before slimming back down, and now he’s solid, athletic, and a strong pass protector.

Returning to his spot at right tackle will be John Morookian , a 6-5, 301-pound junior who was barely a part of the program a few years ago, grayshirting and waiting for his turn, and now has become a key part of the equation. While he’s not the most talented blocker, he goes all-out, is decent in pass protection, and fights hard to finish his blocks.

6-2, 306-pound senior Nate Cole went from being a spot-starter to a 12-game rock at right guard with good size and nice drive-blocking ability. He’s not the swiftest of linemen, but he’s good at handling the bigger tackles and isn’t bad when he gets his mitts on the quicker ones. He could move to center if needed.

The only new starter to the mix will be Phillipkeith Manley , a 6-5, 309-pound junior who has the faith of the coaches. One of the team’s most versatile linemen, he’s more of a tackle than a guard, but will step in at left guard where he’ll benefit from being next to VanDerMeulen. He’s tall with the long arms and frame to be a good pass-protector on the outside.

Projected Top Reserves Pushing Manley for a guard spot will be 6-6, 300-pound Fadi Farha , a promising sophomore who has yet to see the field. More of a tackle than a guard, he has the build and the feet to move outside if needed, but he’s needed more on the inside.

Zac Kerin is still figuring out how to play tackle after spending most of his high school career as a defensive lineman. He doesn’t have the quickness or athleticism to play left tackle, but he’ll see time on the right side in a rotation with Morookian.

6-6, 300-pound sophomore A.J. Lindeman hasn’t seen any playing time yet, but he’s a decent athlete for his size and will be tried out at left tackle. While he’s not going to push VanDerMuelen out of a job, he’ll see action. He’ll also be tried out on the right side, too.

Watch Out For … Manley. He has the size and the tools, and even though he’ll be the new starter on the line, he has the potential to be an instant factor … two years late. He hasn’t done enough so far, but the team needs him now.
Strength: Experience. Four starters return to a line that was among the best in the conference in pass protection and was one of the main reasons the offense led the MAC in yards. This is a durable group.
Weakness: The twos. On the plus side, all five of last year’s starters played every game without one change in the starting rotation. However, all five of last year’s starters played every game without one change in the starting rotation. There’s almost no appreciable experience outside of the four returning starters.
Outlook: It’ll be a major disappointment if this isn’t one of the MAC’s best lines. Can there be the same durability as last year? If so, everything will be fine for a big, tough group that’s not only experienced and solid, but it’s also relatively young with just two seniors on the two-deep.
Unit Rating: 6.5

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