For my story for the Wednesday paper, I wrote about the offensive line, which in contrast to a year ago this time has been about as stable as can be.
And maybe somewhat surprisingly so given some of the struggles the line had a year ago.
I passed along some of the comments UW coach Steve Sarkisian made about the line in the blog below, and he explained that there was plenty of room for competition on the line this spring, but that the five guys who entered the spring as starters have held on to those jobs so far.
As he also explained, Erik Kohler, Colin Tanigawa and Shane Brostek also all figure to work into the rotation up front in the fall when they get fully healthy from various ailments — his comment today was maybe the first real acknowledgement that Brostek has been hobbling much of the spring, which has obviously prevented him from making a real run at a job
Sarkisian’s comments also indicate a real confidence that Tanigawa will return.
If so, and as noted before, UW could have seven players back who have started at least seven games in their career.
Experience is no guarantee of anything. But it’s proven to generally to be pretty helpful in college football. It’s by far the most experience the line will have had during the Sarkisian era.
And the good news for the future is that none of the projected top eight is a senior, so this is a line that could stay together for a quite a while.
I talked to starting guard Dexter Charles as part of the story and you can see some of the video below: