October 18, 2006

O-Line: Roof sees big picture

When the dust settled from last year's 1-10 football season, it quickly became apparent Duke would have an uphill battle to climb on the offensive line in 2006.

Two of last year's starters transferred and two more graduated, leaving only center Matt Rumsey as a returning piece of the puzzle.

While young players like Cameron Goldberg, Fred Roland, Rob Schirmann, and Zach Maurides were there to move up the depth chart, it didn't take much studying to realize that depth on the 2006 offensive line would have to be provided by a talented class of incoming freshmen.

The Blue Devils brought in a solid group of five offensive linemen in the class of 2006.

Jarrod Holt topped the list. The Clearwater, Fla. product chose Duke over about 20 other offers.

But Robert Drum (offers from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Louisville), Marcus Lind (offers from NC State, Miami, Virginia, and others), Jeffrey Cowart (two other 1-A offers), and Mitchell Lederman (all 320 pounds of him) provide the type of young depth and potential up front Duke hasn't had for some time.

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