In anticipation of two-a-days next week, MeanGreenSports.com breaks down the 2005 North Texas football team position by position. We begin today with the unheralded heroes behind the Mean Green's success - The Offensive Line.
A powerful offensive line is the key to the North Texas rushing attack, and with the previous two national rushing champions in the Mean Green backfield, the line becomes more important than ever.
The 2005 offensive line will be highlighted by Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year Dylan Lineberry. In his first season of eligibility, Lineberry started every game and graded out as the team’s second-best overall offensive lineman.
The guard is one of the most physical and strongest players on the team and is considered one of the top one-on-one blockers in the league. Lineberry was a second team all-conference selection in 2004, but did not participate in spring drills in order to work on his academic progress. The senior will be with the team this fall and is expected to be the leader of the line.
Joel Foster also started every game last season for the Mean Green and was able to hone his craft as the season progressed. A converted defensive end, the tackle graded out better than 80 percent in four of the last five games. In his best game of the season, Foster graded out at 89 percent and led the team with 21 knockdowns in the regular season finale at Arkansas State.
Jeremy Brown started the first four games at tackle last season before coming down with Mono. Brown was impressive early, but missed the next three games and never returned to full strength. This season, the tackle is fully recovered and will provide a veteran presence on the line.
Jason May sat out last season, but will look to return to form after a stellar 2003. May earned his first letter by starting in nine games and playing in all 12 two years ago.
Redshirt freshman Chad Rose will have the task of replacing two time all-conference center Andy Brewster. Brewster is the only lineman in North Texas history to block for four-straight 1,000 yard rushers.
Other who will look to make an impact on the offensive line include sophomores Josh Alexander and Adam Venegas and senior Ephraim Patterson.
Check back tomorrow when MeanGreenSports.com takes a look at the 2005 wide receivers and tight ends.