Monday, June 30, 2008
The Wisdom of the Blog---Part IV Offensive line
Well, we had the biggest turnout of votes (92) so far for the offensive line. The OL will be a critical unit in the success of the 2008 Minutemen.
We will have three new starters as Matt Austin, Nick Diana and Chris Hopkins have graduated.
Looking at the 2007 player participation page, only Ben Coblyn (played 9 games, started 2) and graduated Biff Gotteherer (played 5 games, started 1) had any playing time in 2007.
I would think that UMass would retain Sean Calicchio and Valdimir Ducasse at tackle.
In the Spring Ben Coblyn and Josh Samuda were the first team left and right guards respectively. John Ihne was the starting center.
The return of Kevin Macon may juggle the starting lineup. If Macon is available and is playing up to his potential, I would think UMass would find a place for him on the starting line.
Samuda has played a lot at center. He could be moved there. I see Ben Coblyn keeping his slot at guard. Most of the competition for a starter's position should be at center and right guard.
Based on the votes in the poll, it looks like the Blog Community believes Rob Getek and Brian Ostaszewski are the top reserves this year.
Redshirt Freshman Michael Binkowski, RS Sophomoer Mike Boyle, RS Freshman Justin Sawicki and senior transfer Chauncey Incarnato will provide depth.
This is a OL squad with "length" as seven UMass offensive linemen are 6-5 or better.
I'm looking for a great year from the OL. I believe there is a great deal of talent and heart in the unit. Go UMass!