August 11, 2008
Spotlight: Offensive Line
The offensive line is one of the most experienced units on this Husky team, and they will set the tone for a very young offense all season. They are big, agile and did a great job last season of protecting Jake Locker while blowing up holes for a very productive running game. Even with the loss of team leader Juan Garcia at center, they still return three full-time starters and have quality depth at every position plus a slew of talented true freshman. If Garcia makes it back as expected, this could honestly be one of the best lines in the Pac-10.
Yakima, WA (Eisenhower HS)
6-foot-3, 315-pound, Redshirt Senior
Juan Garcia is the emotion leader of this young Husky offense. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 last season, was named the John P. Angel Lineman of the Year on offense by the team and was also named the season long captain by his teammates and coaches. He started every game at center for the Dawgs in 2007 and helped solidify this talented group.
Garcia injured his Lis-Franc during the spring and was considered out for the entire 2008 season since he needed major surgery to repair the injury. However, Garcia opted to rehab his foot in hopes it would heal on its own and he could be back in time for his final year on Montlake. Things appear to be progressing well as Garcia is participating in light drills and has been present at every fall practice. Only time will tell if Garcia sees the field in 2008, but his presence will be felt on this young team even if he never plays a down.
Pasco, WA (Pasco HS)
6-foot-5, 315-pound, Redshirt Sophomore
Ryan Tolar, in only his second season on Montlake, started 12 of 13 games at left guard in 2007. He was named to the second-team Freshman All-American team by rivals.com and was named a first-team Redshirt Freshman All-American by collegesportsreport.com. The local product is still young, but has made a name for himself as one of the top offensive lineman in the Pac-10. He could spend the season starting at left guard, or he could find himself moving to center in Juan Garcia's absence.
Because of the depth at the guard position, Tolar has spent much of the fall lining up at center. He will make his way onto the field as a starter regardless, but it could be a huge boost to the team if Tolar can transition to center in only a few weeks. If he doesn't, expect him to slide back to left guard and Sedillo will then start at center.
Escondido, CA (Orange Glen HS)
6-foot-3, 300-pound, Redshirt Sophomore
Matt Sedillo was a reserve last season earning playing time against Syracuse and USC. The talented big man was a first team All-CIF San Diego selection and a first team All-Valley League first team selection as a senior in high school. He was a second team All-League selection as a junior at offense tackle and came to UW when they became the first Pac-10 school to extend the two-star prospect an offer.
Sedillo moved from tackle to center when he got to Seattle and has impressed the coaching staff in his first two seasons. He understands the offense and will be able to hold down the position until Garcia gets back healthy. However, he will be fighting it out with Ryan Tolar who started most of last season at left guard but has been taking snaps from center in the fall.
Kenmore, WA (Inglemoor HS)
6-foot-6, 340-pound, Redshirt Senior
Jordan White-Frisbee came to campus as a big time defensive lineman who started as a freshman and recorded 26 tackles that season. He played in every game at defensive line as a freshman and was named to the Sporting News 2004 Pac-10 All-Freshman team for his efforts. The next season he suffered a severe foot injury that forced him to miss the entire year and eventually forced his move from defense to offense. In 2006 he appeared in four games, but only on special teams. Last season he started at left guard for one game and made regular appearances as a back up and on special teams.
If Tolar's move to center is perminant, expect White-Frisbee to start at the left guard position. He has an amazing frame, great agility for his size and if it wasn't for injuries he would have still been a starting defensive tackle. He has all of the tools to dominate at the Pac-10 level and if he starts the line will not skip a beat.
Woodinville, WA (Woodinville HS)
6-foot-6, 340-pound, Redshirt Senior
Bulyca started 11 of the 13 games last season at right guard, using his huge body to overpower the competition. He redshirted his freshman year and has only seen limited playing time up to last season. In high school he was a first-team All-KingCo selection as a senior and second-team as a sophomore. As a senior he was named to the Seattle Times all-state and all-area team after helping Woodinville High School average over 264 yards per game.
He will start every game at right guard this season barring injury. At 6-foot-6, 340-pounds, Bulyca is an absolute monster that combined with White-Frisbee gives Washington two of the biggest and most powerful guards in the nation.
Long Beach, CA (Jordan HS)
6-foot-6, 365-pound, Redshirt Junior
Rosborough played in every game last season as a back-up offensive guard, and also on the PAT and field goal units. Rosborough is the biggest of a big offensive line, but has amazing feet for a player his size. His quick feet combined with his mobility make him a huge asset along the line. In high school he was named all-league, a Best in the West member and an all-state player.
Rosborough will literally be a huge asset to the offensive line where he will add depth at both guard positions. He's been in the system for a while now and will be listed as the number two guard for the third season in a row. His progression will be important not only incase of injury, but also looking ahead to next season.
Oregon City, OR (Oregon City HS)
6-foot-6, 315-pound, Redshirt Freshman
Shugert was named the No. 10 player in the state of Oregon in 2007 and committed to the Huskies very early in the recruiting process. Shugert was an all-league selection as both a junior and senior in high school and he was getting looks from many major programs before pulling the trigger. He's a very smart player that has picked up the system well. Also, at 6-foot-6, 315-pounds, he's big and strong enough to be a force on the Husky line for seasons to come.
Shugert will provide depth and possibly help on special teams. With so much talent ahead of him, don't expect to see him on the field much if at all this season.
Oakland, CA (McClymonds HS)
6-foot-4, 300-pound, True Freshman
Carroll was the most decorated of all the class of 2008 offensive lineman. He was considered the No. 39 player in California and the No. 16 guard in the entire nation by rivals.com. As a junior he earned first-team all-league honors and first-team all state underclassmen honors. As a senior Carroll was a first-team All-Metro selection and a second-team All-State pick. He played in the Under Armor All-American game and had a huge list of suitors. In fact Carroll chose U-Dub over offers from Nebraska, UCLA, Oregon and Arizona State to name a few.
Offensive line coach Mike Denbrock describes Carroll as the total package and claims he has all of the tools to dominate at the Pac-10 level. Early signs are that a redshirt year is in store for Carroll, but the future is bright for this talented lineman.
Mililani, HI (Kamehameha HS)
6-foot-3, 291-pound, True Freshman
Ikehara was the No. 6 player from Hawaii and considered the No. 63 guard in the nation by rivals.com. He was a first-team all-state selection by both major newspapers in Hawaii and was also a first-team All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu selection. He played in the Senior Bowl Game held at Aloha Stadium and chose Washington over offers from Hawaii, UNLV and San Diego State.
Ikehara is the strongest of the class of 2008 lineman and has showed flashes of dominance early on at Montlake. He has impressed coaches and media alike with his ability to push around some of the veteran defensive lineman on the roster. Coach Denbrock raves about Ikehara's strength and believes he can become a special player down the line. A redshirt season is most likely, however with his strength and grasp of the game he could be called upon in an emergency as a freshman.
Bakersfield, CA (Stockdale HS)
6-foot-6, 300-pound, Redshirt Junior
Ben Ossai has been become a mainstay at the every important left tackle position, starting 21 of 25 games over the last two seasons. He was named to the Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2006 and has gotten better ever since. In high school Ossai helped lead Stockdale to a 21-1 record as a senior, earning first-team all-Central Valley as a defensive lineman and first team all-state.
Ossai has been given the task of protecting Jake Locker's blind side and so far he's excelled in the role. He's determined to win this season and he says that it's that determination that helped the offensive line come into fall camp in amazing shape. Barring injury Ossai will start every game at left tackle and should play the majority of snaps.
Sammamish, WA (Skyline HS)
6-foot-6, 300-pound, Redshirt Sophomore
Cody Habben was a big time recruit for the class of 2006 and so far he has lived up to the hype. Habben, a local product out of Skyline High School, was the No. 5 rated player in the state of Washington and the No. 26 rated tackle in the nation. He was the KingCo 4A lineman of the year, a first-team All-State selection by both the local news papers and was also selected to the Seattle Times All-Area team as a senior. Last season Habben played in 11 games, starting three of those at right tackle. He earned Academic All-Pac honorable mention and the Husky Fever 12th man of the Year Award for offense.
He will be the every down right tackle, a position he locked up with his incredible play last season as only a redshirt freshman. Habben should be a three-year starter on Montlake and his future could be full of Pac-10 accolades before it's all said and done.
Costa Mesa, CA (Huntington Beach HS)
6-foot-5, 280-pound, Redshirt Freshman
Fancher redshirted his first season on campus but has worked himself into a backup role at right tackle. In high school he was a second-team all-league selection on both sides of the ball as a junior and was a first-team All-Sea View League on both sides of the ball as a senior. The prep star and all-region selection flew under the radar and ended up a diamond in the ruff for the Huskies. He originally only held offers from San Diego State and Washington before Pet Carroll and USC came knocking very late in the recruiting process. He stayed with the Dawgs and should have a nice career on Montlake.
Fancher will be the back up right tackle and will provide the kind of young depth at offensive line good teams must have. He's a very skilled player that will only see limited snaps this season and next, but could factor into the rotation heavily as a junior.
Canoga Park, CA (Bishop Alemany HS)
6-foot-5, 290-pound, Redshirt Freshman
Armelin redshirted his freshman season on campus and will serve as a back up and special teams player in 2008. He was a standout on both sides of the ball in high school, earning first-team All-Mission League as a senior.
Armelin will back up Ben Ossai at left tackle but won't see much playing time this season barring injury. He along with Fancher will bide their time for the next two seasons before Habben and Ossai.
Caldwell, ID (Caldwell HS)
6-foot-8, 305-pound, True Freshman
Thomas was the second rated player in the state of Idaho for the class of 2007 as he chose the University of Washington over offers from Oregon State, Utah, Montana, and Idaho. Thomas was a first-team all-conference and second-team All-State selection at 3A Homedale before transferring to 5A Caldwell, the same school that produced Husky quarterback Cody Pickett. Thomas earned first-team All-League and first-team All-State 5A as a senior as he began to garner national attention.
Thomas has great size and skill and will add practice depth as s freshman. He should redshirt this season, but Thomas along with the other redshirt and true freshman will continue to provide dominant play along the offensive line in the future.
Sammamish, WA (Eastlake HS)
6-foot-5, 275-pound, True Freshman
Schaefer is yet another Northwest product who helped make the class of 2008 one of the best in Husky history, choosing UW over an offer from WSU. Schaefer was a top-ten prospect in the state of Washington and the No. 39 rated tackle in the nation. He was a first-team All-KingCo, AP honorable mention, and Seattle Times "Star Times" offensive lineman as a senior. He is still raw and has much to learn, but he has great upside and become a very good college lineman down the road.
Schaefer will need a redshirt season to grow his body and further lean the position. But he, combined with all of the other young talent along the offensive line, gives the Huskies a very bright future in the trenches.
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