2013 football position by position: offensive line
As we’re just weeks away from the start of the football season, it’s time to take a detailed position-by-position look at the 2013 EMU football team. This is our time to refresh our memory about returning players, and learn a little about the new faces. Today we wrap up our coverage of the offense with the offensive line.
Lost: Korey Neal, Corey Watman, Andrew Sorgatz.
Andrew Sorgatz was a four-year starter at center, while the CKoreys were three-year starters; between the three of them they had something like 100 career starts for EMU. That’s a lot of experience to lose all at once.
Presumptive starters: Jordan Erbes, junior; Campbell Allison, junior; Lincoln Hansen, junior; Orlando McCord, senior; Bobby McFadden, junior.
Bobby McFadden got nine starts as a tackle last year. McCord started four times at guard. Allison started 10 games, mostly at right guard. Hansen started seven games, all at right tackle. Those four are reasonably sure to be regular starters.
As for center, Jordan Erbes is the likely starter. He was listed as the second-string center on depth chart releases throughout last year, and it seems likely that Sorgatz’s graduation would advance him into the starting lineup.
Depth: Jake Hurcombe, redshirt freshman; Kent Collins, junior; Matt Thornton, redshirt freshman; Dwayne Brown, freshman; Darian Miles, sophomore; Shawn Sinawe, senior; Joseph Osinski, freshman; Darien Terrell, redshirt freshman; Andrew Wylie, redshirt freshman; Garrett Parker, sophomore.
As a junior college transferee, we should expect Kent Collins to at least be one of the top back-ups. Coaches don’t usually bring in JUCOs for the practice squad, they’re brought in to fill a specific game-day need. In this case, I think the need is back-ups/substitutes. With eight underclassmen, we’ll probably see the redshirt freshmen and sophomores in games from time to time as well, while the true freshmen are likely to redshirt. That’s the “traditional” way to run an offensive line, and Ron English is nothing if not a football traditionalist.