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20070405 Outlook Part 4 - Offensive Line
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Release: 04/05/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=4>Offensive Line<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></FONT></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial size=4>Talent in the Trenches</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Coach: Bill Bedenbaugh</FONT></SPAN></I></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT size=2>- Don't miss the big guys' improvement and how they make the offense go -- <EM>See it in person with </EM></FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=275787"><EM><FONT size=2>Season Tickets</FONT></EM></A><EM><FONT size=2>...</FONT></EM></SPAN></st1:place></st1:State></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align=center><FONT face=Arial size=2><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><EM></EM></SPAN></st1:place></st1:State></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" align=center><FONT face=Arial><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">**************</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"></SPAN></st1:place></st1:State></FONT> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"> returns a combined 78 starts among its offensive linemen and that experience, couple with the underlying talent that earned the guys those roles, bodes well for the Cats in the new offensive system. Admittedly, one guy has 40 percent of those, senior left tackle Peter Graniello with 33 starts. But even a handful of games for a young lineman helps the learning curve, with action at full speed. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Mike Stoops says offensive line coach and running game coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh&rsquo;s career familiarity with the spread offense has provided UA&rsquo;s front with a teacher well schooled in the system, another advantage for the Cats in 2007 during the transformation.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Bedenbaugh worked with new UA offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes at Texas Tech and knows the attack from front to back and side to side. That expertise led to his additional role as running game coordinator.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Starting tackles Eben Britton and Graniello, center Blake Kerley and guards Daniel Borg and Joe Longacre give UA a unit that&rsquo;s worked together, played together and now adapted together in gleaning the nuances of spread football. Britton was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick in his first year.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>The understudies have little experience, but were quality recruits and have talent. Junior letterman guard Bill Wacholz has played, but the rest are redshirts or missed 2006 with injury, such as converted tight end Adam Grant, who was pegged to contend for the left tackle role but had knee trouble last year. Junior college redshirt James Tretheway also figures there, Wacholz and redshirt freshman Conan Amituanai and Jovon Hayes will back up at guard, and redshirt freshmen center Colin Baxter and tackle Cory Elmore also figure to contend, as could another converted tight end-tackle, Cody Anderson. All give UA some valuable depth.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s football,&rdquo; says Stoops of offensive line play. &ldquo;You either block that guy or that guy,&rdquo; and the 2007 group is capable, he said.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Protecting the quarterback is one obvious objective. Arizona gave up 31 sacks by opponents a year ago, and a number of them jarred starter Willie Tuitama enough to cause the eventual use of three quarterbacks. That loss of continuity hurt. </FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial size=4>The top of the line from left to right:</FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial> <TABLE borderColor=black cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 bgColor=white border=0> <P> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics26/100/GF/GFWNUBQJVYDKWLM.20060330210800.jpg"></TD> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics10/100/LX/LXEMPPFIOZDYLQV.20060913155433.jpg"></TD> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics15/100/VU/VUDEPOYVZBPPPSO.20060413014659.jpg"></TD> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics/100/AM/AMFQYQPCPUDYGTE.20061001215432.jpg"></TD> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics18/100/ST/STDBBEZOXSKTIBF.20061201170556.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=1>LT Pete Graniello</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=1>LG Daniel Borg</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=1>C Blake Kerley</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=1>RG Joe Longacre</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=1>RT Eben Britton</FONT></TD></TR> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P></P></TABLE></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Borg filled in at tackle in spring ball and can play just about any position, but should be an all-league caliber guard. Britton, Stoops feels, is a guy who will reach All-America status some day and maybe soon.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;He&rsquo;s as good a young offensive lineman as I&rsquo;ve seen,&rdquo; says he, and that says a lot from where he&rsquo;s been. <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>For the last couple of years there hasn&rsquo;t been much substitution up front, but UA could have some breathers for the big guys this season, thanks to the younger players who&rsquo;ve spent time in the weight room and are physically prepared.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><FONT face=Arial>Top Linemen<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Tackles<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Eben Britton, 6-6, 290, So., 1L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Peter Graniello, 6-5, 296, Sr., 3L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>James Tretheway, 6-6, Jr., RS<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Adam Grant, 6-6, 285, So., SQ<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Cody Anderson, 6-6, 280, Fr-RS<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Cory Elmore, 6-5, 270, Fr-RS<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Guards<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Daniel Borg, 6-5, 270, So., 1L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Joe Longacre, 6-3, 303, Jr., 2L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Bill Wacholz, 6-6, 294, Jr., 1L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Conan Amituanai, 6-4, 285, Fr-RS<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Jovon Hayes, 6-2, 310, Fr-RS<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Centers<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Blake Kerley, 6-2, 275, So., 1L<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8pt"><FONT face=Arial>Colin Baxter, 6-4, 295, Fr-RS<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face=Arial><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">Position Notes...</SPAN></I></B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"> Sophomore tackle Britton earned 2nd-team Freshman All-America honors in &rsquo;06 (TSN/Rivals/Scout)... Blake Kerley played every snap as a redshirt freshman at center after an &rsquo;05 season when walk-on Erick Levitre did virtually the same...The Cats did not sign an offensive lineman in the &rsquo;07 class, although several took visits. Those positions and cornerback may be an emphasis in the 2008 class... Line coach Bedenbaugh is UA&rsquo;s running game coordinator, working in a staff-wide collaboration to get the rushing attack started up front...<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Senior Peter Graniello is an electrical engineering major and a good student who earned honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 last year. A good year should position the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder for the &rsquo;08 NFL draft... UA has had injuries at left guard and started six different guys there the past three years, but Borg should be a steady factor for awhile. And with Graniello the only senior, the line will be good beyond 2007... Conan Amituanai worked at defensive tackle during much of his redshirt freshman year in 2005, but has switched to the other side, where he'll work at guard... Tight ends coach Dana Dimel is a good collaborator for the fellows in the front line. His guys are a big part of the running game and pass protection, of course. He was offensive line coach for six years at Kansas State, running game coordinator for a pair of years there, offensive coordinator for two years there, and a head coach for six years at Wyoming and Houston...</SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P>
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