2016 CFN Preseason All-America Guards and Centers. Who are the best and brightest interior offensive linemen coming into the college football season?
2016 CFN Preseason All-America Centers & Guards
1. C/G Pat Elflein, Sr. Ohio State
It doesn’t matter where he plays – he’s either the best guard in college football, or the best center. He’s the right interior presence who’ll work in the middle this season after spending last year at guard as the guy who mainly led the way for Ezekiel Elliott and the running game. While he might not be a massive presence at 6-3 and 300 pounds, he’s technically sound and ultra-consistent.
2. C/G Ethan Pocic, Sr. LSU
An NFL anchor who came back for another year to blast away against for Leonard Fournette, the 6-7, 309-pound versatile blocker can work in a few different positions. He’s mainly a center now, but he’s moved around over his career. With prototype tools, he’s what you want for your interior – he’s the anchor.
3. OG Billy Price, Jr. Ohio State
Pat Elflein is the anchor and leader of the Ohio State offensive line. Price might be the better pro prospect. The 6-4, 315-pounder can play tackle if needed, and he could work as a left guard at the next level, but he’ll likely start out the season at right guard. There isn’t a stronger pure run blocker in college football.
2016 CFN Preseason Second-Team All-America Centers & Guards
4. OG Dan Feeney, Sr. Indiana
Last year it was Jason Spriggs who served as the force for the powerful Indiana line. This year it’s going to be a right guard who’ll be the team’s biggest star. The 6-4, 310-pound Feeney is one of the nation’s most dominant run blockers to go along with the feet to dance in pass protection.
5. C/OG Dan Voltz, Sr. Wisconsin
Why did the Wisconsin ground game go into the tank last season? Losing RB Corey Clement was part of it, but Voltz going down with a torn ACL midway through the year was just as big a factor – the line was never right. Now he’s ready to roll again, but likely at left guard. One of the nation’s best centers before getting hurt, he’ll make the move this season where he should be every bit as strong.
6. OG Alex Kozan, Sr. Auburn
The big question is whether or not he’s back to form. He missed all of 2014 with a back injury, but he was solid last year – just not spectacular. Can he be the killer he showed as a freshman? Absolutely. That’s what the Tiger offensive front needs as he anchors the retooled line.