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    Sunday, March 18, 2007

    2007 Look Ahead: Offensive Line

    The offense has been analyzed from ths perspective of the QBs, running backs, receiver, and tight ends. Perhaps the most significant question for the offense in 2007 will be the offensive line. As they say, it all starts up front. Last year, the running game was lackluster at best. A lot of that can be attributed to the offensive line. That is why Bobby Bowden brought in Rick Trickett.

    Does Trickett have the players present to make this a better offensive line? As Trickett said initially,“I'm not a miracle worker. I'm a harder worker, and so will be the offensive line. If they're scared of hard work, they are going to have a problem.”One thing is sure. The players will be leaner this year.

    Gone: OT Mario Henderson (13 starts); OG Cory Niblock (10 starts); TE Brandon Warren (requested transfer but has not requested an appeal hearing yet); OL coach Mark McHale.

    Coming back: Key players - C John Frady (13 starts); G/C Dumaka Atkins (backup to Frady last season before moving this spring); T Shannon Boatman (12 starts); OT/OG David Overmeyer (4 starts); G Jacky Claude (13 games); T Daron Rose.

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