Friday Q&A: July 26, 2013

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1) With fall ball starting soon, has there been any scuttlebutt about the offensive line? I’m particularly curious about the potential starting left side of McLaughlin/Shuman and the health of some of the recently/lingering injured (Wang, Miller, Benedict, or anyone else I may have forgotten).

Chris Coleman: I’m always down to talk about the offensive line! Here’s how the depth chart looks in the Media Guide, which was released earlier in the week:

LT: Jonathan McLaughlin (Fr.) OR Mark Shuman (r-Jr.)
LG: Brent Benedict (r-Jr.) OR Caleb Farris (Jr.)
C: Caleb Farris (Jr.) OR David Wang (r-Sr.)
RG: Andrew Miller (r-Sr.)
RT: Laurence Gibson (r-Jr.)

Jonathan McLaughlin

Obviously Grimes doesn’t see anyone challenging Laurence Gibson at right tackle. Andrew Miller is the starter at right guard, unless he’s needed at center. The big questions are at the center spot and the left side of the line.

Jonathan McLaughlin appeared to have the left tackle position locked up, but Grimes apparently wants to continue the competition there. Mark Shuman didn’t appear to do much at tackle during the spring, but he played well at left guard during the Spring Game. I was a little bit surprised to see him listed at tackle based on how he performed at guard during the Spring Game, but they always have the option