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July 24, 2013

Going Camping: Offensive line

UCLA fall camp is just a few days away, and with that, BruinSportsReport.com continues its Going Camping preview with the offensive line.


2013 UCLA OFFENSIVE LINE AT A GLANCE
PRE-CAMP DEPTH CHART
LEFT TACKLE

1. Xavier Su'a-Filo - 6-3, 304, Junior

The best offensive linemen UCLA has will start at left tackle until Simon Goines or Torian White proves they can play here. Ideally, UCLA would like to slide Su'a-Filo down to guard.

2. Torian White - 6-5, 285, RS Sophomore

White will likely start out fighting for the LT or RT spots. As soon as he shows he can play there consistently, which shouldn't take long given his experience last season, he'll likely play one of the tackle spots and slide Su'a-Filo into his natural guard position.


LEFT GUARD

1. Ben Wysocki - 6-4, 285, RS Sophomore

When we last saw Wysocki at a UCLA recruiting camp a few weeks ago, he had really reshaped his body and should come into camp as the starter at guard. One of the freshman could certainly beat him out, but until that happens, he should be penciled in here for now.


2. Alex Redmond - 6-5, 295, Freshman

Redmond was a complete beast in high school, and if he carries that over to UCLA, he should threaten Wysocki for the starting job on Day One.


CENTER

1. Jake Brendel - 6-4, 280, RS Sophomore

After the season he had last year, Brendel should be poised to anchor this offensive line for the next three years.


2a. Carl Hulick - 6-2, 277, RS Freshman

Hulick should be penciled in as the immediate backup to start camp, but holding off Scott Quessenberry won't be easy.


2b. Scott Quessenberry - 6-3, 275, Freshman

Quessenberry is one of UCLA's most underrated true freshman, mostly because he plays the center position. It shouldn't be long before he's challenging both Hulick and Brendel for their spots on the OL.


RIGHT GUARD

1. Caleb Benenoch - 6-5, 315, Freshman

Benenoch will probably be penciled in as the starter, as he was one of Adrian Klemm's most coveted 2013 recruits.


2. Kevin McReynolds - 6-2, 292, RS Sophomore

After moving from DL to OL last year, McReynolds should be in the two-deep to start camp. He has an ideal body type for this guard spot, and UCLA is hoping for big improvement from him this fall.


RIGHT TACKLE

1. Simon Goines - 6-6, 320, Sophomore

After starting as a true freshman last fall, Goines missed a lot of spring camp with injuries. He should be healthy for this August, and if he is, it'd be hard to see him not starting on Day One.


2. Torian White - 6-5, 282, RS Sophomore

Just like the left tackle spot, as soon as White proves he can be a consistent player for this team, he should move to one of the starting tackle spots, freeing up Su'a-Filo for guard.



BATTLE TO KEEP AN EYE ON
At just about every position there will be a battle to watch. But the one thing to keep an eye on will be the freshmen fighting for spots. Right now, it looks like Kenny Lacy, Christian Morris, Poasi Moala and John Lopez should all be in line to redshirt. The rest - Benenoch, Quessenberry and Redmond - should be in big competitions for their respective guard and center positions. If one can emerge as a legit starter, it would really help this team.

PRESSURE IS ON...
Torian White. Goines' leash appears to be much longer than White's, and the redshirt sophomore had some up and down moments starting at left tackle last year. He's fully expected to make the leap to bona fide starter this year, but if he doesn't, he could get lost in the wash next year with all the true freshmen tackles a year older.

NEWCOMER TO WATCH
Caleb Benenoch has been touted as UCLA's starting right guard since the moment he committed. He should be the only true freshman on offense getting that opportunity on Day One of camp, and seeing what he does with that job will be very interesting.

POSITION MVP
Xavier Su'a-Filo can play all five positions along the offensive line, and he can play them all at an NFL level. In fact, there's some legitimate concern at UCLA that Su'a-Filo won't be back for his senior season, as the first round appears to be calling his name. He'll probably start out at left tackle this season, but should be a force at left guard once the young tackles get their feet situated.


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