Wake Forest Football Post Spring Game Depth Chart: Offensive Line

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BSD continues its post-Spring series looking over each unit as Wake Forest beings the Dave Clawson era. What can we expect to see from the offensive line?

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons return three starters from last year's line and also have a new offensive line coach in Nick Tabacca. The Deacs lost tackle Steven Chase and guard Frank Souza due to graduation, but will return center Cory Helms, guard Tyler Hayworth, and tackle Dylan Intemann. Last year's offensive line finished 98th or worse in 4 of 6 of Football Outisders' offensive line statistical categories. Nick Tabacca's line at Ball State finished 7th nationally in adjusted sack rate, so there is plenty of hope for the future.

Tackles

Dylan Intemann - Dylan started at right tackle last season and also started in four games during the 2012 season. It's possible that he moves to the left tackle position this fall if Wake's new starting quarterback is right handed.

Antonio Ford - Antonio started for the Deacs last season as a guard, but has been playing tackle with the first team during the spring. Perhaps he could shift back to guard when fall camp comes around, but wherever Ford ends up, he will get meaningful reps.

Hunter Goodwin - Hunter was actually slated to be a starter last season, but he unfortunately suffered an injury during the Presbyterian game, which kept him out until very late in the season. He is now healthy and could potentially challenge for a starting job.

Will Smith - Will is a redshirt sophomore who saw action as a backup last season. He should provide depth for the Deacs this fall.

Cameron Gardner - Gardner redshirted last season and was first team all-state in North Carolina's 3A during his senior season of high school.

Joel Suggs - Suggs was a redshirt freshman last season. While he did not start, he did see playing time in a reserve role.

Taylor Chambers - Chambers redshirted last season and was first team all-state in South Carolina's 4A during the 2012 season.

Guards

Tyler Hayworth - Hayworth started at guard last season and is again working with the first team at practice. Last season was only his redshirt freshman season, so Deacon fans can look forward to three more years of Hayworth's stability on the offensive line.

Josh Harris - Harris was a high school teammate of center Cory Helms and he also played as a true freshman. He started against Florida State and had significant playing time in addition to that game. Harris was on the first team in the spring game and I expect him to be a starter in the fall.

Centers

Cory Helms - Helms started last  season as a true freshman and was the first true freshman to do so at Wake Forest since 1987. The highly rated recruit had an excellent first season and was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by the College Football News. The center makes a lot of decisions in the new offense, and it's a very good thing for the Demon Deacons that Helms will be making those decisions.

Freshmen

Justin Herron - Justin is a 6'4" tackle from Maryland, who chose Wake Forest over Penn State and Rutgers. He was the 60th best offensive tackle in his class according to 247 and has a chance to play this upcoming season.

A'lique Terry - A'lique is the 15th best center in the 2014 class according to 247. If Cory Helms gets hurt, then A'lique will probably be forced to see early playing time. Terry will provide good depth early on and later in his career should be a very valuable member of the line.

Ryan Anderson - Ryan enrolled in January after playing a post-graduate year in New Jersey. He was already gone through spring practice, but I expect Anderson to be a redshirt candidate.

Patrick Osterhage - Patrick is 6'4" 280 pounds and chose Wake Forest over Virginia Tech. The Ohio native has the versatility to play multiple offensive line positions and could prove to be one of the most underrated signings in the 2014 class.

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