Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE
There really weren't many surprises on the depth chart when it came to the first-unit offensive line. Zack Martin is holding down left tackle, Chris Watt is at left guard, Braxston Cave remains at center, Mike Golic, Jr. is at right guard and at right tackle is Christian Lombard.
Martin started all 13 games on the left side of the line last season and has been named one of the four captains on this club. Watt also started every game at his current position last year, quickly building a reputation as one of the more physical linemen on this team.
Cave was the starter the last two seasons, but had his season cut short last year due to a foot injury. Good news is that he is fully recovered and is still considered one of the best in the country at his position.
The right guard position was up for grabs, as Golic and Nick Martin were supposed to battle throughout camp. Of course Golic was declared the winner and Martin is now considered a backup right tackle. Golic played in 12 games last season and started the final four at center in replace of an injured Cave.
Lombard saw time last season with this unit, but was never a starter, which makes him the least experienced of the bunch. Still, he was a 4-star recruit from the 2010 class, has great size at 6'5", 309 pounds and terrific footwork.
This unit has a chance to be extremely good this year, as it is a veteran squad that has a ton of experience under its belt. (Via Rachel Terlep of etruth.com)
"We’re a really cohesive group," Golic said of his fellow linemen. "Even though we haven’t necessarily played together for three or four years, we’ve been together for three or four years. Going through spring, going through camp, we’ve been able to take that onto the field."
Prediction: 13 sacks allowed.