August 29, 2007

Camp Grades: OL

Wracked by injuries in the previous two seasons, Arizona State's offensive line was not able to completely live up to preseason expectations in either year. Heading into the 2007 campaign, the group is again expected to be one of the strengths of the team. If fall camp was any indication, with a little luck, those high hopes could be realized.

As it stands now, the team will start four seniors, including sixth-year player Zach Krula, and one junior, Paul Fanaika. Another senior, backup tackle Julius Orieukwu, started the final seven games last season.

Due in part to serious injury woes that decimated the team's starting right side of Andrew Carnahan and Stephen Berg, the Sun Devils gave up 37 sacks last season, including 22 sacks over the five Pac-10 losses (Cal, Oregon, USC, Oregon State and USC), or more than four times as many as their defense generated in those games.

The benefit of that however, was increased experience for the players who filled those spots -- all of whom are now returning. Additionally, the team saw improved cohesiveness with the group, which had the same starting lineup for four of the final five games of the season.

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