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Four starters return up front

Walker, Johnson leads experienced group

April 5, 2013 · @MTAthletics

Offensive Line
Returners
75 Darius Johnson, r-So. , OT
79 Alex Jauregui, r-Fr., OT
72 *Jonah Sells, r-Jr., OT
77 Josh Walker, r-Sr., OG
58 Jesse Grisham, r-Sr., OG
56 *Lance Campbell, r-Jr., OG
60 Nick Nunez, r-Jr., C
62 Patrick Hughes, r-Jr., C
67 Josh Chester, r-Fr., C
61 Jadareius Hamlin, r-Sr., OG
78 Adam Stickel, r-Fr., OG
68 *Matt Sprouse, r-Sr., OG
73 Isaiah Anderson, r-Jr., OT
70 Roberto Loya, r-So., OT
65 Hunter Rogers, r-Fr., OT

Newcomers
Conner Trent, Fr., OT
Dalton Ownby, Fr., OG
Daniel Stephens, Fr., C
*Non-scholarship

Coach Stockstill on position: "The first priority is to find a center during spring drills to go with our four returning starters. If this group can stay healthy it can be a very good unit. They have toughness and some nastiness to them which is what you want in your guys up front. I like the unit and feel like we are starting to develop quality depth."

Walker: A 21-game starter who adds experience, understands the game, plays tough and works very hard ... Rates very good in the passing game and the run game ... Collected 78 knockdowns and did not allow a sack all season ... Led all offensive linemen with 885 total snaps and had 70 or more nine times.

Anderson: Continued to show improvement last year ... Has added weight ... Possesses great feet and hands but needs to be more physical ... Smart and athletic player ... Started all 10 games he played in 2012 and tallied 671 snaps.

Johnson: A special player in the making ... Is very strong and has a tremendous work ethic ... Plays with toughness ... Has a great future in store if he continues at his current pace ... Needs to show leadership in 2013 ... Had 74 knockdowns, including a season-high nine against Georgia Tech ... Gave up one sack all season.

Hamlin: A tough player who comes to work every day ... A great leader and teammate who puts his body on the line every practice and game ... Was fifth among linemen last year with 514 snaps.

Grisham: A senior leader who had a great offseason ... Works hard and will be a key figure at center.

Hughes, Loya, Nunez, Rogers, Stickel: This will be a very big spring for each player as the Blue Raiders continue to develop depth.

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