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OSU football: Offensive line might be Cowboys' best yet

It's almost simply become expected, though, that unit will be stout each season. Offensive line coach Joe Wickline's magic is largely responsible for that.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: May 13, 2012
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“Everybody's getting better,” senior Lane Taylor said this spring. “We all have experience. We've been here long enough, and we really gel together and are doing a good job out here.”

Taylor will surely be the anchor of the group as the most experienced player on the entire OSU roster (36 starts). Bowie and Parker Graham were part-time starters last season. Jonathan Rush, who has 16 career starts, will return from his knee injury in the fall. And the injury that limited Rush during the spring gave junior Brandon Webb an opportunity to get the most reps of his career.

Center is, of course, still a big question. Senior Evan Epstein is a program veteran but has never snapped the ball during a game. Behind him are two youngsters in sophomore Jake Jenkins and redshirt freshman Travis Cross.

The Cowboys will need the line to be the backbone of the offense in 2012. True freshman quarterback Wes Lunt will likely need more time to throw that Weeden did. And OSU will almost certainly lean on the run game more in 2012, meaning holes need to be opened for Joseph Randle, Jeremy Smith and Co.

And with the way OSU reloaded on the line in 2010 and then sustained the strong play in 2011 with many of the players that are still on the roster, it's realistic to assume it will be.