10-Day Hoo Preview: Position Outlook, Offensive Line

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How will Dave Borbley’s line perform in 2006?

As we conclude our position outlook series, we saved the most vital and maybe the most unsettled units for last – the offensive line and the linebackers.

Talk about All-American quarterbacks, game-breaking wide receivers, and 1,000-yard rushers all you want, but without a cohesive offensive line, you simply can’t move the football.

The offensive line is the foundation of the team. Ask a coach what position is paramount to the success of his team, and many will point to the offensive line as the genesis for building a winning team. They function as a unit, as a line, and measure their success in terms of the team’s success. They know that the team is more important their individual games.

“Everybody knows that quality play is based on line play,” said Al Groh. “We’ve lost 60 percent of our offensive line. Those three players, Brian Barthelmes, Brad Butler, and D’Brickashaw Ferguson are 60 percent of the line that played the better part of three-and-a-half to four seasons for us.”

If a talented and experienced offensive line struggled so much in 2005, what can we expect from an inexperienced front five this season?

Left Tackle

Eugene Monroe (6-6, 315, Sophomore)
Zac Stair (6-6, 298, Sophomore)
Davon Robb (6-8, 294, Junior)

Eugene Monroe steps in at left tackle for the Cavaliers.