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ASU Football Positional Preview: Offensive linemen

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We examine exactly who will protect the quarterbacks and innovate the run game.

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The Arizona State Sun Devils put forth an experienced offensive line this season. After roughly two weeks of fall camp, the same five linemen have embraced a first-team role in each of House of Saprky’s practice notebooks: Cohl Cabral, Sam Jones, A.J. McCollum, Steven Miller and Quinn Bailey. While offensive linemen have little to no statistics, each player can be differentiated based on size and experience.

Left Tackle

Sophomore Cohl Cabral — After owning a 4-star title out of Los Osos high school in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Cabral was touted the No. 199 player in the ESPN 300 and was rated the No. 2 center in the country by ESPN. Standing at 6-foot-6, 291 pounds, Cabral played in 11 of Arizona State’s 12 games last season.

Left Guard

Junior Sam Jones — As one of Arizona State’s three captains alongside Kalen Ballage and JoJo Wicker, expect Jones to play a pivotal role as a leader and an experienced quarterback blocker, as he smashed the Summer rock to end Summer workouts. At 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, Jones redshirted his freshman season before playing three games in 2015 and seven in 2016. He started each game of last season until an injury sidelined him for the rest of the year.

Center

Senior A.J. McCollum — At 6-foot-2, 311 pounds, McCollum stands as the shortest in the Sun Devils’ offensive line unit, but is easily one the heavist. As the hiker, McCollum played in nine games last season and started seven games at center, while competing for a spot with Tyler McClure. Prior to venturing to Tempe, McCollum played two seasons at City College of San Francisco where he won a state championship in 2015 alongside ASU punter Michael Sleep-Dalton.

Right Guard

Sophomore Steven Miller — After redshirting in 2015, Miller appeared in 11 games in 2016 and started in three of them. At 6-foot-4, 325 pounds, he is Arizona State’s heaviest offensive lineman. Out of Gilbert High School (Arizona), the local product earned a 3-star rating from ESPN and ranked as the 15th best player in the state.

Right Tackle

Junior Quinn Bailey — At 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, Bailey is tied with Cabral and freshman Daniel Jeffrey as the tallest offensive linemen on the team. Unlike the rest of his starting counterparts, Bailey started in all 12 games last season showing he can provide senior depth to the line this season. Also a Gilbert, Arizona native like Miller, Bailey attended Higley High School.

Who else to watch

Junior Tyson Rising, sophomore Mason Walter, junior Alex Losoya, senior Tyler McClure, sophomore Cade Cote and junior Connor Humphreys have all seen second-team reps consistently throughout fall camp and could easily sneak one of themselves into a starting role prior to this season.