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Just a year after former offensive line coach Jeff Grimes tried to revamp this position, the group has a new coach and a multitude of questions swirling around it.
The tackle positions are pretty much set from a year ago, with Jonathan McLaughlin manning the left side and Laurence Gibson taking the right.
But the interior of the line is almost entirely up in the air.
New coach Stacy Searels shook up the group in the spring, benching starting center David Wang and starting guard Brent Benedict.
He shifted former starting guard Caleb Farris to center, the position he played in 2012, and elevated the inexperienced Wyatt Teller and Augie Conte to the left and right guard spots.
Both have shown flashes of raw talent, but neither has any significant playing experience. Conte has played in five games in his two previous seasons, while Teller is still transitioning from playing defensive line in high school two years ago.
Accordingly, it seems like Wang could still play a role at guard—a former position of his—while backing up Farris, but Benedict is out of the mix.
Benedict is dealing with the complications from a knee injury he suffered in the spring, and he’ll miss at least the 2014 season, if not be forced to end his career prematurely.
All this means is that the line will be very inexperienced on the interior, and Searels will likely have to do some further tinkering this fall to figure out exactly whom he wants to start.