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2014 SEC Preseason Football Position Rankings: Offensive Lines

This week's power-ranking was conspicuously short on contributors due to some over-eagerness, but that doesn't stop me from providing my incite

2014 SEC Preseason Football Position Rankings: Offensive Line - For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

6. Missouri (7.125 Average) Returning Starters/Contributors: C Evan Boehm Key Losses: OL Max Copeland, OL Justin Britt

SEC Offensive Line Rankings - And The Valley Shook

11 MIZZOU - Great run stats, terrible sack stats. It's tough to get a read on Mizzou's unit.

2014 SEC Football Position Group Rankings: Offensive Line - Red Cup Rebellion

6. Mizzou - This is a very experienced offensive line, led by senior Mitch Morse at left tackle. Junior center Evan Boehm has an impressive 26 starts under his belt, having started every game of his college career as the Tigers' offensive anchor.

SEC Position Group Rankings: Offensive Line. - Dawg Sports

6. Missouri. Missouri loses standout left tackle Justin Britt, but not much else. Under Gary Pinkel the Tigers usually seem to have solid play up front, and this season won't be any different, even without a lot of star power.

SEC Power Poll: Pre-Season Offensive Line Rankings - Garnet And Black Attack

6. Missouri Tigers The Tigers lose talented left tackle Justin Britt but return a lot of talent and depth, led by Evan Boehm, one of the favorites to win the Rimington Trophy.

SEC Football: Ranking The League's Offensive Lines - A Sea Of Blue

5. Mizzou. Returns three seasoned starters with possibly the leagues best center Evan Boehem. Pinkel usually has good OLs barring injuries, and I think that continues.

SEC Offensive Line Rankings, If Only - Rocky Top Talk

7. Missouri:  Although this isn't the 7th most "talented" offensive line in the SEC, coach Gary Pinkel is well known for finding "diamonds in the rough" and "recruiting to his system" and then "coaching them up".  And in the end this offensive line will "do what it does".

I know it's "Rocky-Talk" but I actually really enjoyed their snark, give it a chance and let me know what you think?

Ranks per the FullbackU Power-Organizing System

14. Kentucky
Returning Starters/Contributors: OG Zach West, OL Darrian Miller
Key Losses:

It's Kentucky, somethings you don't over-think.

13. Tennessee
Returning Starters/Contributors:
Key Losses: OT Ja'Wuan James, OT Tiny Richardson, OG James Stone, OG Zach Fulton

You're telling me Tennessee is returning NOTHING on their offensive line? That's gonna be hard for them to overcome. Lots of runs up the middle while praying their tackles can pass block better than last year

12. Vanderbilt
Returning Starters/Contributors: C Joe Townsend
Key Losses: OT Wesley Johnson

Wesley Johnson was good enough to get drafted by the Steelers in the 5th round. It's going to take a few years for Vanderbilt to turn all their new recruits into mauling lineman as Derek Mason may be used to.

11. Florida
Returning Starters/Contributors: OT DJ Humphries, OL Max Garcia
Key Losses: C Jonotthan Harrison, OG Jon Halapio

10. Georgia
Returning Starters/Contributors: C David Andrews
Key Losses: OL Chris Burnette, LT Kenarious Gates

Is John Theus still a starter for Georgia? Because if so, good. He got worked by Mizzou's meager defensive ends last year. This is a squad that will be paving the way for Todd Gurley, so they may end up looking really really good based on his abilities.

9. MSU
Returning Starters/Contributors: C Dillon Day, OG Justin Malone, OT Blaine Clausell
Key Losses: OG Gabe Jackson

Return a lot of starters + good quarterback in Dak Prescott = recipe for a solid season. We'll see.

8. Ole Miss
Returning Starters/Contributors: OT Laremy Tunsil
Key Losses: OT Pierce Burton

It's probably a good thing that Tunsil is a good tackle because otherwise the nicknamed "Turnstile" would never die.

7. Arkansas
Returning Starters/Contributors: OL Brey Cook, OL Denver Kirkland
Key Losses: C Travis Swanson

Losing Travis Swanson at center will be tough but in a pinch Bert Bielema can step in and contribute.

6. Missouri
Returning Starters/Contributors: C Evan Boehm
Key Losses: OL Max Copeland, OL Justin Britt

It's incredibly scary to rank ourselves this high after losing Justin Britt, but knowing that Max Copeland was punching WAY above his weight and still paving lanes gives me confidence that there's room to grow. Evan Boehm is at the core of this unit; smart, strong, a leader of men, and good a snapping the ball. Mitch Morse at left tackle shouldn't be much of a drop-off from Britt either.

5. Alabama
Returning Starters/Contributors: OL Arie Kouandjio, OL Austin Shepherd
Key Losses: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, OG Anthony Steen

Yet again the power-rankings belie the recruiting disparity between #5 ranked Alabama and #6 Mizzou. If this is a "down" year for Alabama offensive lines, gosh they're blessed.

4. LSU
Returning Starters/Contributors: OL La'El Collins, OL Vadal Alexander
Key Losses: OL Trai Turner

Returning a lot of starters is a sure-fire way to get ranked highly and have continued success between football seasons. Les Miles may never want for massive human beings in his coaching career.

3. South Carolina
Returning Starters/Contributors: OL AJ Cann, OL Brandon Shell, OL Corey Robinson
Key Losses: Having to face Jadeveon Clowney

If there's a reason to think that South Carolina will be better than last year, I think it's this offensive line making room for Mike Davis and giving Dylan Thomas enough time. I think this will be Mizzou's defensive line's biggest test and the ultimate decider of that September 27th away game.

2. Texas A&M
Returning Starters/Contributors: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, C Mike Matthews, OG Jarvis Harrison
Key Losses: OT Jake Matthews

Cedric Ogbuehi. I think Bill C said it best, "Tackle Factory". We'll get to see what A&M's offense looks like without phenom Johnny Manziel, which I'm sure won't be brought up at all. And would you believe there's ANOTHER Matthews?

1. Auburn
Returning Starters/Contributors: C Reese Dismukes
Key Losses: OT Greg Robinson

Returning Reese Dismukes (among others) will make Auburn a force to be reckoned with. Though not a lineman, I think finding a fullback to replace Jay Prosch's production will be almost as important to Auburn's continued success. It's too bad fullbacks are a dying breed.

Results according to the SEC Blog Poll

14. Kentucky (13.125 Average)
13. Tennessee (12.5 Average)
12. Vanderbilt (11.25 Average)
11. Florida (10.5 Average)
10. Georgia (9.5 Average)
9. MSU (8.5 Average)
8. Ole Miss (8.25 Average)
7. Arkansas (8 Average)
6. Missouri (7.125 Average)
5. Alabama (4.25 Average)
4. LSU (4.125 Average)
3. South Carolina (2 First Place Votes, 3.375 Average)
2. Texas A&M (3 First Place Votes, 2.375 Average)
1. Auburn (3 First Place Votes, 2.125 Average)

I thought it would be interesting to breakdown these power rankings by divisions

Basically, the consensus is West > East.


SBN Offensive Line Power Rankings
SEC West
SEC East
1. Auburn
3. South Carolina
2. Texas A&M
6. Mizzou
4. LSU 10. Georgia
5 Alabama
11. Florida
7. Arkansas
12. Vanderbilt
8. Ole Miss
13. Tennessee
9. Miss St. 14. Kentucky