2013 Football Preview: Offensive Line

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Previewing the offensive line is an impossible job.  The depth chart has changed every single day dating back to the spring.  We have basic ideas about where some guys will play, but nothing is certain at this point.

Here’s how the depth chart currently looks.

Jonathan McLaughlin

LT: Jonathan McLaughlin (#71, 6-4, 313, Fr.), Wyatt Teller (#57, 6-5, 275, Fr.)
LG: Brent Benedict (#55, 6-5, 292, r-Jr.), Ross Ward (#62, 6-2, 303, r-So., walkon)
C: Caleb Farris (#79, 6-3, 308, Jr.), Matt Arkema (#64, 6-3, 296, r-Jr.)
RG: Andrew Miller (#74, 6-4, 296, r-Sr.), Marcus Mapp (6-4, 295, r-So. walkon)
RT: Laurence Gibson (#63, 6-6, 290, r-Jr.), Parker Osterloh (#67, 6-8, 318, Fr.)

On the injured list are Mark Shuman (#69, 6-7, 295, r-Jr., 4-6 weeks), Augie Conte (#72, 6-6, 302, r-Fr., day to day) and David Wang (#76, 6-2, 299, r-Jr., day to day).

Though we don’t know exactly how things will shake out, we can separate the offensive tackles from the interior linemen at this point.

Offensive Tackles

What’s the first thing that stands out to you when looking at that depth chart?  To me, it’s the fact that three of the top four offensive tackles are true freshmen.  That situation will slightly improve when Augie Conte comes back in the