The rallying cry for the Gophers football program under head coach Jerry Kill has been “Brick by Brick,” and no position on the field embodies that building block approach more than the offensive line.
As such, it has to be heartening for Minnesota to garner accolades as not just having a talented and deep line, but flat-out having the best offensive line in the entire Big Ten West Division. That’s what BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart says. Here’s what he wrote recently:
It all begins with Minnesota—yes, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have a deep and talented collection of blockers that is better than even Wisconsin, which has been the measuring stick for offensive lines in the Big Ten for years.
1. Minnesota. Line coach Matt Limegrover continues to build a front that gets better. Center Tommy Olson and guard Zac Epping are gone. Still, this should be Limegrover’s best line yet for a unit that led a physical rushing attack that ranked No. 28 in America in 2014. Eight players return who have at least of eight games of experience and 88 combined starts. The right side will feature returning starters in guard Josh Campion (who also can play tackle) and towering tackle Jonah Pirsig. Left guard Joe Bjorklund is the other starter back. Ben Lauer is the man at left tackle, with Ohio State transfer Brian Bobek likely the new center. Jon Christenson and Connor Mayes also are options at center, the most interesting position to watch. Isaac Hayes offers depth at guard. Foster Bush is capable of starting at tackle.
Big-time football starts with a big-time offensive line (pictured: Campion). If Minnesota’s line turns out to, indeed, be the best … well then the Big Ten West race could be mighty interesting.