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Boise State Unit Preview: Offensive Line

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The Crew

Travis Averill, RS Freshman, 6'3" 296 lbs.
Steven Baggett, RS Freshman, 6'3" 285 lbs.
Jake Broyles, Senior, 6'5" 286 lbs.
*Kellen Buhr, RS Freshman, 6'0" 285 lbs.
Spencer Gerke, Senior, 6'3" 303 lbs.
*Mason Hampton, Freshman, 6'2" 266 lbs.
Marcus Henry, Sophomore, 6'3" 285 lbs.
Charles Leno, Senior, 6'4" 295 lbs.
Archie Lewis, Freshman, 6'3" 275 lbs.
Eli McCullough, True Freshman, 6'5" 271 lbs.
*James Meagher, True Freshman, 6'2" 286 lbs.
Rees Odhiambo, Sophomore, 6'4" 307 lbs.
*Matt Paradis, Senior, 6'3" 300 lbs.
Andrew Tercek, True Freshman, 6'1" 279 lbs.
*Chris Tozer, Senior, 6'4" 319 lbs.
*Avery Westendorf, RS Freshman, 6'5" 292 lbs.
Mario Yakoo, RS Freshman, 6'3" 323 lbs.

*denotes walk-on

Projected Depth Chart

Left Tackle:

1. Charles Leno
2. Steven Baggett

Left Guard:

1. Spencer Gerke
2. Chris Tozer


1. Matt Paradis
2. Travis Averill

Right Guard:

1. Marcus Henry
2. Mario Yakoo

Right Tackle:

1. Rees Odhiambo
2. Jake Broyles

Yeah, this is an exact replica of Chadd Cripe's depth chart from the other day—I just really don't see anything that disagreed with. Sure, we'll get some "ORs" that drop into the depth chart each week, but these are our ten best guys, and any combination of 'em will do just fine. Walk-on Matt Paradis is the lone first-team All-MWC player on the line, but Chuck Leno could be right in the mix for that honor with a solid year.

Hype level: High

Boise State has been one of the better pass-blocking teams in the country over the last few years, but our run-blocking has been merely "so-so"...ranging from good to abysmal (think MSU and BYU games last year). The inconsistency can largely be placed on the fact that there is pretty big disparity in quality of opponents from the Big Ten to the dregs of the MWC, however, Boise State has in the past been a formidable run-blocking team and many think this year could be the same way. I really like what I've seen from the youngsters Marcus Henry and Rees Odhiambo in camp and at the scrimmage. Odhiambo is a deceptively good athlete and Henry has the nasty streak that's highly coveted in guards. Chris Strausser said this about Henry's physicality:

"He’s not trying to block you. He’s trying to put you on your back."

And like turtles, when D-lineman are put on their backs, they stay there.

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The one to watch

Either of the aforementioned are good bets and then you've got Matt Paradis who's eschewed the little Orphan Annie look for a more subdued fro-hawk. Since I'm in the habit of picking one guy, however, I'll say to keep an eye on Odhiambo. He's going up against one of the best pass rushers in the country in Demarcus Lawrence...that alone should have him well-prepared for whatever is thrown at him in 2013. I'm predicting an all-conference performance from him because why not?

Irrational prediction:

Odhiambo and Henry will lash their legs together throughout the season to become a more cohesive blocking duo. This experience will also make them the early favorites to win the annual Bronco three-legged race.