March 18, 2007

The time is now for young linemen

The Missouri offense is loaded with experience this year. The Tigers bring nine starters back from last year's unit, including four of the five on the offensive front. Tyler Luellen says the line has more experience than any other position on the Tiger roster.

"You've had a lot of time to mesh, we know each other inside and out to where we know each other's weaknesses, so you can pick up where they're lacking and the same for them for you," said Luellen, a projected four-year starter at left tackle.

"We've got four coming back and, shoot, we've been with each other for three years. Monte Wyrick and Adam Spieker and I have been four. It feels good."

But for all the experience, it is the youth movement going on behind those guys that might hold the true key to the success up front. Sophomore Kurtis Gregory played quite a bit last year and is slotted to start at right tackle this season. Gregory's classmates, James Stigalland Dain Wise will also see plenty of time.

Injuries abound on Mizzou's offensive front. Gregory is out all spring and Wyrick until at least after spring break. In addition, reserve Chris Tipton broke his hand on Saturday in practice.

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