It’s time to evaluate the offensive line. Entering the season, I had my worries about this unit with only a few returning players that had seen playing time the year before. The unit came together throughout the year and became a strength of the offense.
Here is the depth chart for the season:
Mak Djulbegovic – 6’5″ 296 lbs. – Senior – He has started all 13 games this year.
Clavion Nelson – 6’3″ 308 lbs. – Junior – Nelson has played in 8 games this year.
Dominique Threatt – 6’1″ 315 lbs. – Senior – Threatt has started all 13 games this year.
Cameron Ruff – 6’3″ 309 lbs. – Sophomore – Ruff has played in 6 games all season.
Brynjar Gudmundsson – 6’4″ 300 lbs. – Senior – Gudmundsson has started all 13 games this year.
Michael Galati – 6’3″ 288 lbs. – Redshirt freshman – Galati has appeared in 3 games all year.
Thor Jozwiak – 6’4″ 318 lbs. – Senior – Jozwiak has started all 13 games this season.
Jeremi Hall – 6’3″ 335 lbs. – Sophomore – Hall has played in 8 games this season.
Kofi Amichia – 6’4″ 290 lbs. – Junior – Amichia has started all 13 games this year.
Reilly Gibbons – 6’6″ 305 lbs. – Freshman
Rest of the roster:
Cameron Campbell – 6’3″ 288 lbs. – Freshman – Campbell did not play this year.
Bill Atterbury – 6’4″ 295 lbs. – Freshman – Atterbury did not play this year.
Brooks Larkin – 6’3″ 308 lbs. – Freshman – Larkin has not played this year.
Michael Smith – 6’3″ 310 lbs. – Redshirt freshman – Smith has appeared in 1 game all season.
At the start of the season, the offensive line had a lot of question marks. They had to replace the center and both tackle positions and had a roster with unproven players that were stepping into bigger roles. I had my concerns and there were issues early such as the high snaps, but as the season went on, the line became a big strength for the offense. The unit had consistency, starting the same group for every single game, and were able to help a run game that averaged over 200 yards a game on the ground. They protected Quinton Flowers and adapted to the new higher tempo offense the Bulls were moving towards this season. The unit meshed together and became a big strength. When Glen Bethel was announced he wouldn’t be part of the team this year and Reilly Gibbons was hurt to start the year, I was really concerned with the run game production and the safety of Flowers, but they erased those worries. They did a great job and had a solid season in the trenches.
The unit will be facing the same issue they had coming into this season. They will have to replace 4 of the 5 starters on the line and have a lot of unproven players stepping into starting roles (Amichia returns at tackle). The unit will get Bethel this year at tackle which should help on the edge and Gibbons should be a factor. At guard, Ruff and Hall should be able to fill in with their size and some experience. At center it will be a brand new man at the point for Flowers. Will Galati take over that roll or will someone else step in and take over? What can the other returning and incoming recruits do? Do the Bulls add a few JUCO players to the mix? We will have to wait and see how the unit does entering the spring.