In recent years, any talk of depth on the offensive line has been just that - talk.
With the exception of the need to replace a few injured players, the backups simply didn't play that much. The most notable injury to an offensive lineman recently was the knee injury that shelved guard Josh Jenkins all last season. But that one occurred in the spring, so for the most part the five guys who began the season in the starting lineup ended it there, save for some experimentation at right tackle.
Two years ago the five starters were iron men, playing almost every snap.
Will this year be different? Hard to tell. West Virginia's coaches talk about the need for depth and to be able to rotate some fresh bodies into the game every once in a while. But if they actually do that, who is most likely to play?
Well, behind the starters - Quinton Spain and Pat Eger at tackle, Jenkins and Jeff Braun at guard and Joe Madsen at center - the three most likely to play seem to be Curtis Feigt, Nick Kindler and John Bassler, all juniors or seniors.
"Tyler [Orlosky], Adam [Pankey] and Brandon Jackson are guys that are currently rolling in there,'' said offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. "We have practices left, so we will have the luxury of moving some guys inside. Spain and Eger will move inside in order to give Curtis Feigt and Nick Kindler a chance to play. Those two guys are our No. 6 and No. 7 guys right now. Bassler is probably our No. 8 guy and Braun has the ability to play center."
So there is some versatility and some depth. It remains to be seen how much it is used.
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