Devin Gardner said he's only been sacked twice in camp. Now we know why. Or at least who.
Brady Hoke seems to have settled on which five guys will be starting along the Michigan offensive line this season.
Mason Cole, Erik Magnuson, Jack Miller, Graham Glasgow and Ben Braden is likely your starting OL. per Hoke.— Michael Spath (@Spath_Wolverine) August 14, 2014
The group is a younger one, featuring no seniors and only two juniors. But it's not the most different-looking line that could have been assembled, considering all the problems this unit had last season, when they allowed Gardner to be sacked 36 times and contributed to one of the worst rushing attacks in the Big Ten.
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Glasgow, an Aurora native and graduate of Marmion Academy, started every game last season as a freshman. Magnuson made seven starts last year, while Miller started four games.
That being said, Braden and Cole would make their first career starts in the Aug. 30 opener vs. Appalachian State. Cole is a true freshman, and he was rated as the sixth-best offensive tackle recruit in the country by Rivals.
This is the group tasked with making huge strides this season. It won't be completely intact for the season-opener, as Glasgow will serve a one-game suspension after being arrested for drunk driving this offseason. But expect this to be the five at least initially tasked with protecting Gardner and creating holes for whichever running back emerges as the featured back.