March 15, 2007

Offensive line personnel breakdown

ASU entered the 2006 season with the most experienced O-Line in the country. Halfway through the season three of the seniors that were projected to make up that starting unit were out for the year. ASU's spring lineup will feature fiven linemen who played significant time last year. Here is a player-by-player in-depth look at the returning O-Linemen.

Brandon Rodd - Rodd is rated as one of the top returning guard prospects in the nation, currently rated among the top three in the nation by at least one service. However, due to lack of experienced talent, Rodd again looks to be manning the left tackle spot for the Devils. Rodd is not a physically dominating lineman especially when he plays tackle. What he lacks in size he more than makes up for with athletic ability and technique. In an ideal situation, Rodd could take over one of the guard spots and one of the untested tackles could emerge. More likely, Rodd will remain at left tackle for the spring and 2007 but look for him to play inside at the next level.

Robert Gustavis - Gustavis is your typical lunch pale lineman. He might be the hardest working lineman in the program. He has filled in at four different spots on the line during his time at ASU and his versatility has made him an important part of the 2005 and 2006 lines. Gustavis play really improved in 2006 and was one of two offensive linemen to start every game. He looks to be the leader for the starting left guard spot for 2007.

Mike Pollak - Pollak is one of the top returning centers in the nation and along with Rodd, the leader of the unit. Pollak added significant weight prior to his junior season and now has good mix of size, strength and technique and he has been very durable for the Devils. He won the Hard Hat competition in 2006, an annual award given for excellence in the off-season weight and conditioning program. Pollak will continue to be the key to the Devils interior run game as well as the man making the calls at the line. He is poised to have a big senior season and then hopefully a long NFL career.

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