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August 22, 2009

Preseason offensive tackle power rankings

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We continue our preseason power rankings at each position with the offensive tackles.

You can check out our post-spring practice power rankings here . We will update the power rankings each week during the regular season and release the final rankings for the season after the BCS title game.

The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how they fared the previous week, but the power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results.


1. Russell Okung, Oklahoma State (6-5/300, Sr.)
Oklahoma State should have one of the nation's most powerful offenses. While there is a deep group of skill-position talent, those guys wouldn't go anywhere without Okung.

2. Trent Williams, Oklahoma (6-5/318, Sr.)
He's the only returning starter on the Sooners' line, and he is moving from left tackle to right tackle. Williams has quick feet and a mean streak.

3. Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (6-6/312, Jr.)
He began his career at guard but now is firmly entrenched at tackle. He always has had the ability to be a mauler, but has worked hard at developing the quick feet needed by a left tackle.

4. Ciron Black, LSU (6-5/322, Sr.)
He's been a constant at LSU for what seems like a decade. He has made 40 consecutive starts and played every offensive snap in nine games for the Tigers last season.

5. John Jerry, Ole Miss (6-5/350, Sr.)
Jerry played guard for two seasons before moving to tackle last season. He is a mauler with great brute strength, but he's also more nimble than you'd think for a 350-pounder.

6. Zane Beadles, Utah (6-4/305, Sr.)
Beadles has started all but two games in his college career; he missed one with an injury and came off the bench in another because of a concussion. Befitting a guy who began his career at guard, he can be a road-grader when he blocks for the run.

7. Anthony Davis, Rutgers (6-6/325, Jr.)
Davis might be the best New Jersey product ever to sign with Rutgers. After playing guard as a freshman in 2007, he's comfortably entrenched at tackle now.

8. Charles Brown, USC (6-6/285, Sr.)
All five starters return up front for the Trojans, and Brown is one of three USC linemen to have legitimate All-America hopes this season.

9. Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (6-7/287, Jr.)
BC is a lineman factory, and Castonzo is the latest model to roll off the Eagles' assembly line. He's a biochemistry major.

10. Clint Boling, Georgia (6-5/297, Jr.)
Boling was a constant in a Bulldogs line decimated by injuries last season. A suddenly deep line should be a big plus for Georgia this season.

11. Adam Ulatoski, Texas (6-6/310, Sr.)
Ulatoski is one of four returning line starters for the Longhorns, but he's overshadowed at tackle in his own division - the Big 12 South - by Okung and Williams.

12. Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin (6-7/325, Jr.)
Here's a surprise - Wisconsin is going to have a big-time offensive tackle this season. Carimi is the latest in a long line of tough Badgers linemen.

13. Kyle Calloway, Iowa (6-7/315, Sr.)
He's the second part of the nation's best tackle duo, along with Bulaga.

14. Chris Marinelli, Stanford (6-7/300, Sr.)
Marinelli is the standout on the line that paved the way for 1,000-yard rusher Toby Gerhart last season.

15. Brandon Carter, Texas Tech (6-7/344, Sr.)
Carter might be best-known for his wild hair, painted face and tattoos, but he's also a solid player. He moves to tackle from guard this season.

16. C.E. Kaiser, Oregon (6-4/290, Jr.)
Kaiser is the only returning starter off what was one of the nation's best lines last season.

17. Dennis Landolt, Penn State (6-4/306, Sr.)
He is one of two returning line starters for the Nittany Lions. While he may be better-suited as a guard in the pros, he'll be the right tackle for JoePa this season.

18. Marshall Newhouse, TCU (6-4/320, Sr.)
He's part of the best tackle duo in the Mountain West and again will be asked to play a physical brand of football.

19. Jeff Linkenbach, Cincinnati (6-6/313, Sr.)
Linkenbach should be an all-league performer in the Big East. He is one of three returning line starters for a high-powered Bearcats offense.

20. Jason Fox, Miami (6-7/314, Sr.)
The Hurricanes have some issues on the line, but Fox isn't one of them. He will be a four-year starter for UM.

(Rankings by Rivals.com staffers Olin Buchanan, Tom Dienhart, David Fox, Mike Huguenin and Steve Megargee.)

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