Spring Preview: Offensive Line

Brian Daniels

The Colorado quarterbacks had 18 balls batted down in 2004. One of the areas of emphasis for the offensive line this spring will be to improve protection. And, offensive line coach Dave Borbely said, he wants his unit to become a more physical group. Inside, a look at the offensive line.

Coach: Dave Borbely
Players: Garrett Collins, Brian Daniels, Mark Fenton, Edwin Harrison, Bryce MacMartin, Gary Moore, Clint O'Neal, Tyler Polumbus, Daniel Sanders, Jack Tipton

Offensive line coach Dave Borbely is looking for the best five players. And often the best means the most experienced.

In order to get the most experienced players on the field in the beginning of April, rising sophomore Edwin Harrison will get a look at guard after playing at tight tackle last season. Harrison saw 222 snaps in 10 games backing up starter Clint O'Neal.

O'Neal returns, as do incumbent starters Mark Fenton (center), and Brian Daniels (guard).

"With Edwin, Fenton, Daniels and O'Neal, that gives us a chance to put our four most experienced guys on the field at the same time to start spring ball," Borbely said.

After the first few days of practice, however, every position is up for grabs.

"I've told those kids every spot is wide open because I want competition," Borbely said. "We've got some guys who can push some other guys. Who knows how it'll all shake out?"

One of the players coaches hope makes a strong move in April is rising sophomore Tyler Polumbus, who backed up departed tackle Sam Wilder last season.

"Tyler Polumbus is going to be a phenomenal player here before it's all said and done," said offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. "He's relentless at everything he does. He's going to be the next great lineman out of here. He's athletic, he's getting better."

Polumbus will face stiff competition from Jack Tipton. Borbely said Tipton's natural position is on the edge, but that the rising junior has been forced to move to guard each year because of depth issues. Also in the mix at tackle is senior-to-be Gary Moore.

"We're going to move Gary back out to tackle," Borbely said. "He's lost some weight (318), he's really moving well."

Juco-transfer Bryce MacMartin will compete at center, but could also battle at guard. MacMartin was a two-year starter at center for San Francisco City College, one of the premiere juco programs in the country. He's also an experienced long-snapper.

Getting his first taste of spring ball will be 6-3, 295-pounder Daniel Sanders. He worked at both center and guard last fall as a true freshman and will cross-train at both positions again this spring.

Classmate Garrett Collins will also get a look on the interior line.

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