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Spring position preview: Offensive line

WSU quarterback Connor Halliday gets good protection from offensive lineman Taylor Meighen, left , and Matt Goetz during second half action against Idaho State. Goetz has moved to center to fill in for injured starter Andrew Roxas. (Christopher Anderson)
WSU quarterback Connor Halliday gets good protection from offensive lineman Taylor Meighen, left , and Matt Goetz during second half action against Idaho State. Goetz has moved to center to fill in for injured starter Andrew Roxas. (Christopher Anderson)

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FROM PULLMAN -- Our spring position preview continues with a look at WSU's offensive line.

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The players: redshirt seniors Wade Jacobson, Dan Spitz, Chas Sampson, senior Taylor Meighen, redshirt juniors Rico Forbes, Elliott Bosch, Matt Goetz, Zach Brevick, junior John Fullington, redshirt sophomores Brent Anderson, Zack Johnson, Joe Kaleta, Jake Rodgers, Jeff Waldner, redshirt freshmen Moritz Christ, Joe Dahl, Gunnar Eklund, freshman Denzell Dotson

The outlook: Mike Leach said building offensive line depth will be one of the team's biggest priorities this spring. Offensive line coach Clay McGuire told me a while back that Leach liked to carry 18-20 offensive linemen at Texas Tech. Well, there's already 18 on the roster for the spring, with six more set to arrive in the fall -- two of them junior college transfers who will be expected to contribute right away. As for what the Cougars already have: Fullington will start, likely at left guard, but it's really hard to say with a new staff changing the offense. Jacobson might still be limited after having back surgery last season -- we won't know until tomorrow -- but he projects as a starter, too. Goetz finished last season as the starting center. Spitz started seven games last year. Rodgers made a start. So did Meighen. They'll have to find replacements for left tackle David Gonzales and right guard B.J. Guerra, each of whom started every game last season.

The gist: Fullington, Jacobson and Goetz feel like starters, but it's hard to say which position they'll wind up at. After that, there's a bunch of guys who could move up the depth chart with a solid spring. It's simply too early to tell who slots where. But there's enough experience already in the program that it'd be surprising if Dotson, or any of the freshmen who join in the fall, don't wind up redshirting.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple




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