O-Line Pride: Kugler's Offensive Line

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BOISE, Idaho As the Boise State University football team prepares for its first season under Head Coach Chris Petersen, www.broncosports.com would like to take the time to preview each position. First up: the offensive line.

Of the 10 offensive linemen from 2005’s two-deep roster, the Broncos have lost only two players: NFL-bound Daryn Colledge at left tackle, and right guard Pete Cavender, who was injured during summer conditioning.

Sophomore Ryan Clady, who was named First Team Freshman All-America by ESPN.com last season, has been placed on the Outland Trophy Watch List and named Preseason All-WAC by The Sporting News and Blue Ribbon. Clady, who started at right tackle last season, is slated to start at left tackle in 2006 for the departed Colledge.

Junior Tad Miller is slated to start at left guard. Miller started all 12 games at left guard last season to run his streak of consecutive starts to 24 games. He has also been named to the Preseason All-WAC team by The Sporting News.

Also starting all 12 games last season was center Jeff Cavender, who has a string of 24 consecutive games started as well.

Senior Ryan Keating started two games at right tackle last season, while sophomore Andrew Woodruff started three games at right guard. The duo are slated to switch positions this season, with Woodruff starting at right tackle, and Keating starting at right guard.

Although the starters have been penciled in, first-year Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach Sean Kugler says that it may not be a set five on the offensive line.

“A guy like Jadon Dailey is battling to get into the starting lineup because he had an excellent spring and he’s having an excellent camp,” Kugler said. “Then you have a guy like Tony Volponi who has really improved over the summer. You love to get guys like that onto the field. If we have seven capable guys, we will play all seven.”

At each and every practice, Kugler can be found sharing his NFL experience and insight with his new crop of offensive lineman. He can also be found at every practice wearing the same black shirt, building self-confidence and expectation amongst his linemen.

Kugler’s t-shirt reads “O-Line Pride.” Each of the Bronco offensive linemen wears the black shirt under their pads. Kugler initially developed the t-shirt when he was the offensive line coach at UTEP. His players wore the shirts all the time and it became a tradition that he hopes will also be adopted by Boise State.

“I wear the shirt (at practice) every day so these guys have a visual,” Kugler said. “So that we practice and play with pride...I’d like to think the offensive line sets the tempo. We’re going to work hard at practice and give it our all in every game.”