Gopher Linemen Grow Big Like Bulls
|Position||Year||Player||HS Ht/Wt||Current Ht/Wt||Weight Gain|
|LT1||RS SR||Ed Olson||6'7" 285||6'7" 309||24|
|LT2||RS JR||Marek Lenkiewicz||6'5" 250||6'5" 289||39|
|LG1||RS JR||Zac Epping||6'2" 274||6'2" 321||47|
|LG2||SO||Joe Bjorklund||6'5" 285||6'5" 288||3|
|C1||SO||Jon Christenson||6'4" 288||6'4" 306||18|
|C2||JR||Tommy Olson||6'4" 275||6'4" 301||26|
|RG1||JR||Caleb Bak||6'3" 255||6'3" 302||47|
|RG2||RS FR||Isaac Hayes||6'3" 270||6'2" 304||34|
|RT1||RS SO||Josh Campion||6'5" 265||6'5" 326||61|
|RT2||RS SO||Foster Bush||6'5" 270||6'5" 303||33|
Even with Bjorklund blowing the curve, the average weight gain is 33.2 lbs per player. Campion's 61 pound increase is awesome. Hayes going up 34 pounds in a year is just sick, but that guy is a monster anyway.
Two of the more interesting stories regarding the offensive line involve the Olson brothers. At left tackle, Ed Olson has been pressed in practice by Marek Lenkiewicz and although there has been no announcement one way or another yet, many believe that Lenk will get the start against UNLV.
Tommy Olson after losing his job at left guard was asked to move over to center in the spring. This move helps strengthen the team's depth after losing Zac Mottla to injury and with Brian Bobek looking like a medical redshirt this season. Now the rumblings are not only is Olson doing a great job in practice, but he's also pushing Christenson for first team snaps. Christenson had a nice year at center last season so I'm inclined to think he'll continue to hold the job, but it's a great thing to have competition in practice and to have some backups that aren't just another one of Brewster's 185lb sons or something.
Another note is that this team might not have a single starter that is a senior unless Ed Olson ends up back at LT. Even so, many of them are experienced due to being pressed into action early in their college careers. Besides the LT battle, I (and everyone else) can see Isaac Hayes playing sooner rather than later as the guy is just a bulldozer. The feeling here is the line is trending up in year three and hopefully this shows on the field.