Contenders: Cody Creason (redshirt sophomore, 6-4, 294), Gerhard de Beer (redshirt senior, 6-7, 320)
Others competing: Bryson Cain (redshirt freshman, 6-4, 291)
The past: De Beer saw his first action in 2015, playing in all 13 games and starting the last four of the season. Last year, he started eight of the nine games he played at right tackle before missing the last three games with a knee injury. Creason started four games, and made appearances in all 12.
Where it stands: Creason has had a good training camp so far, and the Folsom, Washington, native appears to be the favorite to start in Week 1. De Beer and Creason have split reps with the first team recently, but de Beer is still battling a knee injury that held him out of three games last season, all of spring drills and most of summer workouts. De Beer has the ideal size and athleticism for a tackle, but health has just been an issue. Cain is an up-and-coming youngster who probably would only play significant snaps if injury issues sideline the other two.
Coachspeak: “Right now, Cody’s got the jump on him because he’s a little more fresh.” — UA offensive line coach Jim Michalczik
He said it: “It’s awesome, because whenever there’s competition it’s just natural for athletes to raise their standards. That’s the awesome thing about it is — at the end of the day, I’d be bitter if I wasn’t the guy to start. But I know we’d have the best five guys on the field. That would just make me happy because I know the team would be better for it.” — de Beer