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Fall Position Battles: Offensive Guard

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Who will be fighting in the trenches when the Huskies open up against Hawaii on August 30?

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Offensive Guard

Last Season

Offensive guard isn't the prettiest position statistically, so don't expect to be wowed by a bunch of stats. Returning starters Dexter Charles and Colin Tanigawa held down the starting jobs during 2013-2014. The two bolstered a line that helped Bishop Sankey run for a school record 1870 yards, as well as 20 touchdowns. On the other end, the offensive line allowed a total of 41 sacks a season ago. Charles earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors, as well as fellow lineman Mike Criste and Micah Hatchie.

This season

Charles and Tanigawa return as the favorites to start at both guard positions once again. Charles missed all of spring due to a shoulder injury but will be back in the mix during fall practice. Juniors Siosifa Tufunga and Shane Brostek and fifth-year senior James Atoe will battle for starting spots, but the starting jobs are Charles' and Tanigawa's to lose. Atoe, Tufunga and Brostek all have game experience and will be solid options IF (knock on wood) and injury were to happen.

Newbies

The Huskies add freshman lineman Morgan Richey, Jesse Sosebee, John Turner, Devin Burleson and Matt James. Most likely all of them will redshirt.

Erik's Prediction

Charles and Tanigawa have a lot of game experience and barring injury will start every game at the guard spots this season. Charles will join Hatchie on the left side of the line, maybe one of the best lineman duos in the conference. The Huskies return seven lineman with starting experience, five of which have 20 or more career starts. Whoever starts at running back will have a great chance to put together an Al Pac-12 season with the experience the line is returning.

Who do you think will start at the guard positions? Leave your thoughts on the offensive line in the comments section below.

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