Offensive line’s experience trumps all of the other measurables


Football is a game which is won in the trenches. How many times have you heard that one?

It’s easier to focus on leaping catches, bone-jarring tackles, nifty cuts and zig-zagging kick returns. In the trenches, there is pushing, shoving and snarling.

Iowa State’s 2012 offensive fortunes appear to have a strong foundation up front. It’s still a young unit after the graduation losses of Kelechi Osemele and Hayworth Hicks. But, position coach Bill Bleil loves the depth and experience he is working with.

“Last season, we entered the first game with three starters that hadn’t had one (college) snap,” Bleil said. “Right now, I’m sitting with seven or eight guys that have had at least 150 snaps (in college).”

More often than not, observers get optimistic about the size of a line. Bleil likes experience, camaraderie and communication even more.

“How well they play together and the communication aspect is great,” Bleil said. “They’re good football IQ guys, too.”

Coach Paul Rhoads said he wants to be a run-first offense. That goal can only be accomplished if Bleil’s men handle things on the front wall.

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