By Chadd Cripe
The Boise State football team will enter the season with the same starting offensive line it had at the end of fall camp — Matt Slater at left tackle, Will Lawrence at left guard, Thomas Byrd at center, Kevin Sapien at right guard and Michael Ames at right tackle.
Backup left tackle Nate Potter still is competing with Slater and could play against Oregon, offensive line coach Scott Huff said.
Lawrence, a junior former defensive lineman, and Ames, a freshman former walk-on, will get their first career starts against Oregon.
“Both those guys were kind of darkhorses,” Huff said. “Will was a guy we knew was going to have a shot at being good because he’s a big, physical guy. … Mike was a guy who really separated himself just by being coachable.”
Huff likes his depth — even down to some of the third-teamers — and expects the linemen to compete throughout the year. The backups are Potter, freshman left guard Joe Kellogg, freshman center Bronson Durrant, freshman right guard Brenel Myers and sophomore right tackle Garrett Pendergast.
“There’s no one getting comfortable,” Huff said. “The twos, they’re all good players and they’re only going to get better. I don’t feel like guys have peaked. They’re still young, still inexperienced, and there’s still a lot of good things that could happen.”
I’ll have much more on the offensive line in Friday’s edition of the Idaho Statesman.