O-Line: Big Men Vie to Fill Big Holes

The offensive line for our beloved Ducks was nothing short of spectacular this season.  Aside from one marginal performance – the loss to Stanford – the line proved to be one of the most talented groups on our roster.  But there are some big holes to fill to open up the big holes for the running backs.  The Ducks will see four seniors graduate, all of whom started considerable games.  Oregon will look to the fifteen Duck offensive linemen still on the roster to man the trenches next year.  With only ten of those fifteen being scholarship players, maybe a walk-on or two will make the starting squad.  The Oregon rushing attack that has been outstanding  over the last decade will need new big men to contribute and surge as their teammates did in the 2012 season.

As a senior, will Karrington Armstrong earn a starting role next year?

Center Hroniss Grasu (junior), along with tackles Tyler Johnstone (sophomore) and Jake Fisher (junior) provide a much-needed anchor for what appears to be a youthful offensive line heading in to the 2013 season.  The guards for the 2013 season could be any number of players.  Mana Greig (senior), a walk-on from St. Louis high school in Hawaii, may be the most experienced of the group.  Hamani Stevens (sophomore), who returned from his Mormon mission during the 2012 summer appears to have the size, if not the reps to become a starter.  Redshirt sophomores Jamal Prater, James Euscher and Andre Yruretagoyena have a lot of upside, but have yet to show what they can do in limited game experience this year.  Will one of the older offensive linemen like walk-on Trevor Fox have a breakthrough summer camp?  Will Everett Benyard finally crack the starting rotation as a senior?

Who knows what the offensive line will look like in 2013.  While the Ducks may be thin on experience, there is no shortage of possibilities as to who assumes the two vacant starting spots.  And with Steve Greatwood, arguably the best offensive line coach in college football, returning to coach the line for the 22nd year, you have to like the possibilities.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber