March 27, 2012

Pre-spring analysis: OL

Pre-spring unit analysis: OL

The offensive line for the Oregon Ducks performed well in 2011. The leader of the pack was probably Mark Asper, who provided leadership and helped anchor the line throughout the season. This was following a preseason of hand-wringing by fans wondering if the OL would be able to hold up their end of the offensive bargain after graduating four senior contributors the prior year.

2011 unit grade: 3.08 (0 to 4) Admirable score for this unit which entered the season relatively inexperienced. The group started off with a decent performance against LSU, and by games three and four against Missouri State and Arizona were playing excellent football. One of the key question marks was freshman center Hroniss Grasu but he acquitted himself well from game one onward.

2011 improvement trend: 3rd of 8 No surprise that the offensive line would improve because as mentioned above, they started the season without much game experience at three of the five positions. But the fact they had a solid season start made it harder to show improvement in their grades throughout the season, but again they defied the odds.

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