Commentary: Position-by-position, why Utah's talent on the offensive line will flourish in 2013

Published: Sunday, July 28 2013 11:26 p.m. MDT

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Aiono (6-foot-2, 305) has the edge, asserted after the spring, because of his proven athleticism through the experience (26 plays on the line) he did gain last year as a redshirt freshman. Injuries caused the West Covina, Calif., native to be thrust into six games — including the final five of the season, when the Utes went 3-2. Three were on the offensive line, a loss to Arizona and wins over Cal and Washington State.

Aiono was a first-team all-Sierra League and second-team all-state player at South Hills High (Calif.).

Albers pushed Aiono in the spring. Being 6-foot-7 helps, as it means he could gain more weight than his current 310 pounds. Whittingham said that he demonstrated solid conditioning entering and throughout spring ball after transferring from Orange Coast College (Calif.), where he was a second-team all-conference offensive tackle for Orange Coast College in 2012. As a senior at Costa Mesa High (Calif.), he was the 2010 Orange Coast League Lineman of the Year. He has three years to play two.
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Payson, UT

Success of the offense begins at the line and it looks like we're more than prepared at all five positions.

Given a more up-tempo approach to the offense, the depth at the O-line is critical. Ericsson must be elated at the situation he is coming into.

Go utes!

Sandy, UT

Just a quick correction. Junior Salt did not graduate from Highland, he graduated from Brighton in 2006, not 2005. At Brighton he played center and nose tackle. I graduated the same year as him and played on that same team.

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