Hokie Football Outlook, Part II
Offensive Line
July 15, 2005

Outlook Schedule on hokiesports.com:
General OutlookWednesday, July 13
Offensive LineFriday, July 15
Wide Receivers/Tight EndsMonday, July 18
Tailbacks/Fullbacks/QuarterbacksWednesday, July 20
Defensive LineFriday, July 22
LinebackersMonday, July 25
SecondaryWednesday, July 27
SpecialistsFriday, July 29
  • Three starters return for Bryan Stinespring from a line that led an offense that averaged 178.2 rushing yards, 187.3 passing yards and 30.8 points per game last year.

  • Jimmy Martin has started 32 games in a row at tackle, the longest active streak on the team heading into the season.

  • Will Montgomery makes the move from center back to guard after starting all 13 games a year ago in the middle.

Mason BaggettJr.OT
61Reggie ButlerSr.OT
57Tripp Carrollr-So.C
Rashad FerebeeSr.OG
74Brandon Fryer-Jr.OT
77Brandon Gorer-Jr.OG
Zac LoweJr.OG
67Nick Marshmanr-Fr.OT
52Jimmy MartinSr.OT
69Danny McGrathr-Jr.C
66Will Montgomeryr-Sr.OG/C
72Jason Murphyr-Sr.OG
58Ryan Shumanr-Fr.C
51Matt Welshr-Fr.OT
79Eric DavisFr.OT
64Richard GrahamFr.OT
76Brandon HollandFr.OG
65Robert NorrisFr.OG
63Antonio NorthFr.OG
The Players
Right Tackle
- The leader at the position going into the fall, but has not won the job ... Has got the experience, knowledge and strength but there is going to have to be consistency for him to be the starting tackle for every game ... Coaches are looking for that higher level of consistency from him.

NICK MARSHMAN - Has got all of the abilities but he doesn't have the experience ... Has a chance to win the position, but needs a great preseason camp.

Right Guard
- Helped out a lot last year when moved into the starting line up ... Brings a lot of athleticism up front ... Is a guy who can create some opportunities to move the ball and create some running lanes.

TRIPP CARROLL - Has been injury-plagued since coming to Tech ... Missed spring practice with compartment syndrome ... Has a chance to contribute on the line if he can stay healthy ... Will still contribute as Tech's long snapper on field goals and PATs.

- Had a good off-season ... Enters the fall as the No. 1 man at center, but has to re-establish himself once fall practice starts.

RYAN SHUMAN - Coaches think he has a bright future ... Between him and McGrath, the ability to handle that center spot is going to be important for the Hokies.

Left Guard
- Will be the starting left guard ... Is Tech's best guard and its best center ... From top to bottom, is probably Tech's best offensive lineman ... Gives Stinespring the opportunity to be flexible in terms of moving people around.

BRANDON GORE - Had an excellent spring ... Will battle for time at both guard positions ... Helped out on special teams, but is ready to help out on offense this season ... Is backing up at left guard ... Is a big part of Tech's game plan ... May be working toward being in the starting five ... If he is, then Stinespring can move Montgomery back to the center.

Left Tackle
- Is a guy who can protect the quarterback's back side ... An athletic offensive lineman ... Is a key player for the Hokies this season ... Coaches are looking for him to take his game to a higher level.

BRANDON FRYE - Will serve as the top back-up to Martin ... Needs to continue to improve his game if he wants to be a contributor.

Coach Stinespring on the Line
"My attitude has been that the success of our offense is going to be directly related to the play of our offensive line. We have to continue to grow up front, both individually and as a group. We took some steps this spring, but, we still have a way to go. I keep trying to tell people how finely tuned an offensive line has to be. It's five players who have to completely be on the same page. It's five thinking and acting and moving as one. When it's right, it's beautiful. When it's wrong, it's ugly."
Stinespring on His Newcomers
"We are going to try to get a couple of them ready to play. I have talked to Antonio North from the very beginning of recruiting. I anticipate him to be an interior guy who will come in and play. We will give him surely one of the quicker looks. Obviously we have prep schooler Brandon Holland. We will see what happens when he gets here. There are a couple of guys such as Eric Davis, Richard Graham and Robert Norris we have looked at for an interior standpoint and we would like to see if we can get them ready to play."