But the best thing about depth is having it, but not needing it.
The Cowboys, with a starting five made up of veteran upperclassmen — and talented players, at that — never had to find out how good their sixth lineman was. For every meaningful snap the OSU offense had this season, Russell Okung, Andrew Lewis, David Washington, Steve Denning and Brady Bond were on the field.
"Talk about stability,” OSU co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer said. "You’re talking about those five hogs being there at the trough every day. They don’t get any recognition and they’re mostly in the dark.
"They know each step that everyone makes. It’s a team of horses. When you have that, you’ve got an opportunity to be successful every day.”
Behind that line, OSU finished the regular season seventh nationally in rushing yards (256.0 per game) and 15th in sacks allowed (14).
The numbers were similar last year, but they endured some shuffling with injuries and position changes.
"The chemistry was even better this year than it’s ever been,” said Okung, the starting left tackle.