ASU Football: Offensive Line positional breakdown

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With ASU football playing nine offensive linemen last season, the starting offensive line will be much more experienced heading into this season.

ASU football sent out a relatively young offensive line last season starting only two seniors.

Arizona State is better built this season to have a more productive offensive line who showed flashes of success last success despite all the injuries.

Last season, Arizona State allowed the most sacks in the Pac-12 allowing 41 sacks resulting in 260 yards lost.

As the coaching staff and the players will likely tell you, the blame can’t all be put on the O-line as quarterbacks Manny Wilkins, Brady White and Dillon Sterling-Cole held onto the ball for long periods of time or decided to scramble and run with the ball causing a lot of negative yardage plays.

With seven of the nine offensive lineman who started last season returning, the continuity should go a long way for the unit.

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Arizona State will be looking for a new left tackle with Evan Goodman graduated.

Goodman started all 12 games last season and will be one of the few wide open competitions with camp beginning in less than a week.

At left guard, three Sun Devils started at the position with redshirt junior Sam Jones leading the way with seven starts.

Jones is the likely frontrunner to win the starting job over redshirt sophomore Steven Miller, who started two games at LG.

Center is another position that is worth keeping an eye on as senior A.J. McCollum led the way starting eight games last season and will battle redshirt senior Tyler McClure who started two games last season.

It was a revolving door on the right side of the offensive line last season as it featured three different combinations.

At right guard, graduated lineman Stephen McCray started half of the games at the position with redshirt junior Quinn Bailey starting three games, redshirt sophomore Zach Robertson starting two games and Miller starting one game.

Bailey showed his versatility last season alternating between right guard and right tackle.

Along with the three starts at right guard, Bailey started nine games at right tackle with Robertson moving all over the offensive line starting three games at right tackle and two games at right guard.

It’s likely Bailey will be at right tackle and Robertson could start at right guard.

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While head coach Todd Graham and offensive coordinator Bill Napier likely know the personnel consisting the starting offensive line, determining where the players will start will be what the coaches are looking at as camp gets underway next season.