2011 Spring Practice Preview: Offensive Line

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We’ve covered the wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks, but none of
those players can be effective if there is a bad offensive line on the field.
That has happened all too often to the Hokies in the recent past. Things have
gotten a lot better over the last couple of seasons, and this year Tech should
have their deepest and most talented offensive line in quite a long time.

We have seen Tech offenses suffer in the past for lack of a good offensive
line. 2006 and 2007 are the best examples, when the Hokies wasted the best group
of wide receivers they’ve ever had because they couldn’t block anybody up front.

Tech has some good receivers again this year, and guys who can carry the
football, as well as a very talented (but young) quarterback. On paper, those
players shouldn’t be limited by their offensive line this year.

The last two years have been major steps forward for the offensive line, and
the Hokies hope to keep moving in a positive direction this year with their
deepest and most experienced line in years. That said, Greg Nosal will miss the
spring, and Curt Newsome will have to work to find some backups on the interior.

First, we’ll start with the offensive tackles.

Offensive Tackles

Bryan Stinespring will take over the offensive tackles this season, while
also handing the tight ends. He will be coaching a very experienced group of
players, and he will also have some talented depth.

Pos. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
LT Andrew Lanier 6-5 275 r-Sr.