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Redshirt senior Spencer Gerke will look to assume a starter's role after being resigned to a backup job in 2012.
There are several position battles on the offensive line that will take place starting in spring practice, but at the risk of jumping the gun a bit, the battles aren’t entirely open.
The three starting positions to be filled are at right guard, right tackle and left guard.
At right guard, redshirt senior Jake Broyles will be one to keep an eye on, as the coaching staff will want to have as much senior leadership as possible on the right side. Keeping Broyles honest for the starting role will be Travis Averill, but the sophomore will really need to put on some weight before he can truly give Broyles a run for the job.
Right tackle should be pretty straightforward as well.
As Brenel Myers’ backup in 2012, Rees Odhiambo should be ready to step in as a starter this coming season. Odhiambo is actually a size upgrade from Myers, which gives him the edge over his competition for the job, Marcus Henry.
Henry is the same size as Odhiambo at roughly 6’3” 297 pounds, but has only been in the Broncos’ system for a year as opposed to Odhiambo, who redshirted his freshman season.
Finally, there is the battle for the left guard position. It’s hard to really call this one a “position battle”, because Spencer Gerke would have to do a lot in both the spring and summer to convince the coaching staff he wasn’t the right man for the job.
Gerke was originally supposed to start over Ames last season, and it would be very surprising if he lost the starting job in 2013. His closest competitor for the job may be Chris Tozer, a 6’4” 311-pound senior who will probably be used strictly as a reserve.