The Wake Forest football team began spring practice on Tuesday morning, and there were a few important position changes. Per Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal, Phil Haynes, who started nine games last season at right tackle, will be moving to right guard. Ryan Anderson, who played a number of positions on the offensive line last season for the Demon Deacons, will be moving to right tackle.
As it stands now, Wake Forest's projected starting offensive line (from left to right) is RS So. Justin Herron, RS Sr. Ty Hayworth, Sr. Josh Harris, RS So. Phil Haynes, and RS So. Ryan Anderson. Backing those five up will likely be RS Fr. Nathan Gilliam, RS Fr. T.J. Haney, Jr. A'Lique Terry, RS. So. Patrick Osterhage, and RS Fr. Jake Benzinger. Clearly there is a lot of time for the depth chart to change.
Clawson and his staff put a clear emphasis on recruiting offensive linemen during the first two recruiting classes, and that's made evident by the projected depth chart. There are several upperclassmen offensive linemen on the roster who have already been beaten out by the underclassmen.
There's no denying that offensive line has been a major issue for Wake Forest for the past several seasons, but there's reason to be optimistic about this season. There's so much continuity on the projected line, and there appears to be quality depth. An offense is definitely limited if a line can't protect the quarterback or create lanes for running backs, but hopefully this is the year that the line can finally break through. It's not just that the line has been bad. Bad would be an improvement. They have been among the worst in the nation. The offensive line will be a major story line to follow as spring practice goes along, and we get closer to the season.
The spring game is scheduled for April 9th at 3 p.m. at BB&T Field. Basketball season is winding down, so Blogger So Dear will be dramatically increasing its coverage of spring practice.