August 2, 2006

Camp Preview: Offensive Line

Last season, Arizona State's offensive line was expected to be a team strength, and it very well might have been were it not for the injuries that plagued the group throughout the season and significantly affected the availability and performance of four starters and several key reserves. Even with all of the injuries, the unit held up remarkably well and helped ASU finish the season ranked second in the nation in total offense. This season, they will again be among the most veteran position groups on the team, with a reported 86 combined starts among the preferred first-team players.

Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, one of those preferred starters, senior right guard Zach Krula is a question mark not for the start of camp, but for entire season due to continued trouble with his ankle, which he initially injured last season against Northwestern.

Krula has had three surgeries on the ankle in the last year, and it appears he will not be ready for the first half of the 2006 season at the very least, and there is a real possibility he will miss the entire year. With eight career starts under his belt, Krula was playing his best football when he went down last season, and his run blocking, in particular, will be missed. If he does not play this year, Krula could apply for a medical redshirt and be given an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA.

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