Ball State's O-Line heavy on experience
August 8, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MUNCIE — If experience translates into success in college football, Ball State ought to be excited about the prospects of its offensive line heading into the 2012 season.
The Cardinals return all five starters on their offensive line, a group which collectively has 109 career starts.
According to Phil Steele’s College Football Preview, the Cardinals have the most experienced offensive line in the nation in terms of career starts.
Senior offensive tackle Austin Holtz believes that can only be a positive.
“I play next to Kitt O’Brien, and I know what he’s going to do,” said Holtz, who has 20 career starts. “Pre-snap, I know what technique he’s going to use and what I have to do to help him out, and he helps me out. It makes your job easier to play next to the same guy every time.”
Senior center Dan Manick is the most experienced lineman with 28 career starts. O’Brien, a senior guard, has 26 starts. Senior tackle Cam Lowry has 20, and junior guard Jordan Hansel has 15.