2019 Season in Football Posted December 15, 2018 47 minutes ago, AJS said: Let's start taking a look at different positional groups. Offensively as we all know, it starts on the O-Line. Every positional group is clearly important, but this is the one that has the biggest trajectory on the success of either unit. Couple questions: How would you grade their performance last year? What are the realistic expectations for next year? My take: They were the #1 concern coming into last year and I think it's safe to say they exceeded expectations. My overall grade would be a C+. They dominated against weaker competition, seemed to falter like the rest of the offense at the end of the year. I don't know how much of that can be attributed to (1) Terrible QB play (2) Play calling - tough to look good when teams can stack the box. Anyways... 2019: Tackle: They return 3 players who are "starters". Mortel (JR): Only played two games, because of injuries, but was their #1 Tackle starting the year. When healthy, he's a rock solid LT. Helgren (JR): Started every game but one at RT, first year starter. Waletzko (SO): Started 5 games as a True Freshman, first year starter. Others: Russo (JR), played in a few games. Who are some others to watch? I feel good about the 3 guys who started last year, is Russo ready to take the next step? The tackle position was young last year, no upperclassman. They have a solid core coming back, if those three can improve and you get another player or two in the mix, this could be a talented, deep group. Guards: Lose one Senior, return 2 players who are "starters" Tobin (JR): Two year starter, solid LG Nguon (JR): Although he was used mostly as a tackle, he can play all positions and will be used as a Guard this upcoming year. Others: Hergel (RFR), Who are some others to watch? Center: Rooney (SR): Started every game last year. UND has 6 Offensive lineman returning that either played or have played (Mortel) enough reps that we know what to expect. It's a solid nucleus and given their age (5 of the 6 underclassman last year), there is a lot of room for growth. Is this the first year of the D1 era that they can have what I would "true depth". That would mean 4 players who aren't true returners to fill the depth chart (2 G's, 1 T, 1 C), who are ready to step in when injuries happen and they can hold their own. My expectation is for this group to take a step forward. They should grade out at a minimum of a B after next year. I know I've mentioned them before, but Jenkins and Jeffries have size. Apparently that's it??