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July 27, 2011

Camp Preview: Offensive Line

PowerMizzou.com will get Tiger fans ready for fall camp like no one else. Camp opens on Thursday, August 4th. Between now and then, we will provide an in-depth preview at every position on the roster. Today, we look at the offensive line.

The Starters

Elvis Fisher and Dan Hoch are set at tackle. Austin Wuebbels and Jayson Palmgren look good to go at guard. The only question mark is center, where Travis Ruth has an leg up on Mitch Morse in the race to replace Tim Barnes.

The Backups

Britt and Jack Meiners will play plenty. Anthony Gatti and Chris Freeman showed promise in the spring. Freeman is a tackle, Gatti could play either guard or tackle. Mitch Morse may be another year away, but has a shot to be the heir apparent at center soon.

What to Like

Four returning starters, three of whom will enter their third full year on the first-string. There is no doubt this is expected to be the best offensive line Gary Pinkel has had at Missouri. The top seven are solid and experienced.

What to Wonder About

Really, it all comes down to replacing Barnes. If the Tigers can do that and stay healthy, the offense could well be better than it was a year ago.

The Expectations

Hoch and Fisher should push for all-conference honors. They can single up on the outside most of the time. The interior players, and the center in particular, will have to prove they're up to that standard early on.

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