Roster Eligibility: Offensive Line

The Texas Tech offensive line group is deep and young and need to make major steps forward.

The red box represents a year of eligibility and the black box represents a redshirt year available.

Player Ht/Wt Year Position 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Jack Anderson 6-5/300 Freshman Offensive Line
Dawson Deaton 6-5/290 Freshman Offensive Line
Will Farrar 6-5/300 Freshman Offensive Line
Casey Verhulst 6-6/315 Freshman Offensive Line
Jack Reichel 6-5/290 Junior Offensive Line
Paul Stawarz 6-5/295 Junior Offensive Line
Jacob Hines 6-5/325 Junior Offensive Line
Zach Adams 6-6/315 RS Freshman Offensive Line
Giovanni Pancotti 6-5/280 RS Freshman Offensive Line
Tony Morales 6-3/295 Senior Offensive Line
Madison Akamnonu 6-5/310 Sophomore Offensive Line
Colin Yang 6-2/290 Sophomore Offensive Line
John Gerold 6-3/270 Sophomore Offensive Line
Bailey Smith 6-5/300 Sophomore Offensive Line
Terence Steele 6-6/300 Sophomore Offensive Line
Travis Buffy 6-6/270 Sophomore Offensive Line

This looks beautiful. The offensive line was recruited heavily the past three years and it shows. There is a ton of depth here, now, we just need to figure out which guys can play. Still though, there’s a ton of red boxes here and I absolutely love that. You could probably go a year without recruiting a ton at offensive line. I previously predicted two but could see three as well. It should be a small class.

Only one senior, Morales (his second year to be a senior) and just three juniors, all junior college commits from the past two years, Stawarz, Hines and Reichel.

I understand why Kingsbury let Lee Hays go, from a production standpoint, the offensive line was a mess and Patrick Mahomes was running for his life for what seemed like the entire season. Quite frankly, the offensive line has to do a better job of protecting Nic Shimonek and it will largely be up to the youngsters on the offensive line. The sophomores, redshirt freshmen and freshmen are the building blocks of the class that should set this position group going forward. I’m excited to see what Brandon Jones can do as an offensive line coach and I’m really interested to see how he lines these guys up and improves them as a lot.

Oh, and I still believe in Steele and Akamnonu. Consistency is really tough for offensive linemen and I think that Hays really didn’t have any options, but it would have been preferable for Steele and Akamnonu to play guards rather than tackles and then move outside to tackles for their sophomore years.  Anderson could start at guard because he’s ridiculously athletic and I think Jones prefers guys like that. Jones could have a lot of fun with Anderson pulling and mowing down linebackers.  I think the combination of Anderson, Deaton, Farrar and Verhulst are as good of a group as I’ve seen.


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