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Arizona Football: Depth, talent give Rodriguez options with offensive line

2013-07-11T00:00:00Z 2013-08-23T01:15:19Z Arizona Football: Depth, talent give Rodriguez options with offensive lineDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When it comes to the Arizona Wildcats' offensive line, there aren't a lot of unanswered questions.

In fact, the only one right now may be this one: Who will line up at center when the UA opens its season Aug. 30 against NAU?

Nearly everything else is set.

Anchors Fabbians Ebbele and Mickey Baucus will likely be the starting tackles. Chris Putton and Cayman Bundage are expected to be next to them at the guard spots.

Combined, that's 70 career starts and 1,155 pounds of production.

"I think we have a lot of talent and a lot of options, and that's fun," Ebbele said during spring drills.

Coach Rich Rodriguez has plenty of options at center. Incoming junior college lineman Steven Gurrola will compete for the job in camp as will Salpointe Catholic product Jacob Arzouman.

Putton could also move over and Rodriguez could fill a guard spot if he wants.

The point is this: On a team that has plenty of question marks on offense, specifically at quarterback and wide receiver, the offensive line seems to be in pretty good shape with the start of the season closing in.

Here's our reset of the offensive line

What the group looked like before spring practice: Jacob Arzouman, So.; Mickey Baucus, Jr.; Eric Bender-Ramsay, Sr.; Beau Boyster, Fr.; Cayman Bundage, So.; Fabbians Ebbele, Jr.; Faitele Faafoi, So.; T.D. Gross, Fr.; Zach Hemmila, Fr.; Lene Maiava, So.; Chris Putton, Sr.; Trent Spurgeon, Jr.; Carter Wood, So.

What it looks like now: Freshman Alec Anderson, Arzouman, Baucus, Bender-Ramsay, Boyster, Bundage, Ebbele, Faafoi, Gross, Hemmila, Maiava, Putton, Spurgeon, Wood

Help on the way: Jacob Alsadek, Encinitas, Calif.; David Maka, Tustin, Calif.; Steven Gurrola, Glendale

By the numbers: 6,840. The Wildcats gained 6,840 yards of total offense last season behind an offensive line that gave QB Matt Scott time to throw and opened holes for RB Ka'Deem Carey.

The lowdown: Anderson is a walk-on who was added to the roster after a spring practice tryout. Alsadek and Maka seem like candidates to be redshirted during their first season in Tucson.

If Rodriguez decides to use Putton at center, Bender-Ramsay could be an option at guard. He worked with the first unit all spring.

Extra points

• Safety Vince Miles, who played in all 13 games last season and had 28 tackles, has voluntarily left the program because of an undisclosed medical issue, UA officials confirmed Wednesday. Miles, a native of Mountain View, Calif., was a walk-on; he joined the UA in January 2012.

Miles recovered a fumble in the UA's 39-36 win over USC and also had a half-tackle for a loss for the Wildcats on the season. His best performance was in the UA's 34-24 win at Utah, where he had five solo tackles and four assists.

Miles was expected to compete for playing time in the secondary again this season.

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk.

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