Boise State Lost A Lot Along The Offensive Line.
Will a new offensive line be able to protect Brett Rypien?
Who will be the new group of offensive lineman with the Broncos?
The Boise State offense loses a lot of talent at the running back and wide receiver positions, and the offensive line is no different. This position was stellar last year as they allowed just 19 sacks and were a key reason that running back Jeremy McNichols was as good as he was.
However, this unit takes a huge hit and will go from being one of the best into the conference and potentially could be just mediocre. The Broncos offensive line loses three starters in Travis Averill, Mario Yakoo and Steven Baggett and those three were all-conference players within the Mountain West and had 119 combined career starts.
That is a lot of lost experience.
Players coming back are starters in center Mason Hampton and tackle Archie Lewis plus the Broncos return tackle John Molchon. The coaching staff did go out and sign a couple of JUCO players in to help out this offensive line unit.
The offensive line is the biggest concern for the Boise State offense. At quarterback they return Brett Rypien who already has over 20 career starts, wide receiver has a stud in Cedrick Wilson and tight end Jake Roh brings experience and the running game is a concern with a new starter in Alexander Mattison, but the track record at the running back position is well established over their three previous backs who area who all are now in the NFL.
The offensive line is one unit that can make or break an offensive unit. If they can’t protect the quarterback then they will make Rypien look bad and the same can be said for the running game if the big guys up front can not block well enough.
Boise State usually has enough talent and they will get the benefit of the doubt but the offensive line is very much a concern and the weakest offensive position group for the Broncos heading into 2017.