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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Given Finn’s model to have a solid two-deep at each line position (10 players), three players must emerge in fall camp between Carlos Lozano, Percy Taumoelau, Hiva Lutui and Derek Tuimauga.

Lozano probably has the best shot, though the 6-foot-6, 380-pound project needs to drop weight — that hasn’t been an easy task. The East L.A. College transfer, who redshirted in 2012, was a unanimous first-team All-Mountain Conference selection in 2011. He helped the Huskies to their best season in 37 years in 2011, when they won the Mountain Conference and the American Bowl.

Then again, perhaps Taumoelau (6-foot-4, 310) is better off than Lozano. The senior sat out his first season as a redshirt in 2010 but has contributed every year since.

Lutui (6-foot-2, 300) redshirted in 2012 but is a highly regarded athlete. The former Trinity High (Euless, Texas) star is Jones’ reserve. He was a 2011 U.S. Air Force All-American and first-team all-state Class 5A player in 2010 and 2011.

Tuimauga (6-foot-4, 325) is also a returned LDS missionary but may give Salt a run this fall. He was born in 1990 but is just a freshman. His high school credentials may be the best of any lineman: out of Bingham High School, he was a 2007 All-American and a two-time all-state and three-time all-conference, the fourth best player in the state that year according to Scout.com. The Miners won three straight region titles with Tuimauga.
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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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