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Position Preview: Offensive Line

Based on the lineups used during last week’s Fan Appreciation Day, here is what Kansas State’s offensive line should look like a week from Saturday against Eastern Kentucky:

Manase Foketi at left tackle, Keenan Taylor at left guard, B.J. Finney at center, Colten Freeze at right guard and Clyde Aufner at right tackle.

Even with the losses of Zach Kendall, Wade Weibert and Kenneth Mayfield, you pretty much know what you’re going to get with that lineup.

Foketi is a senior who started a year ago at the same position. He was good enough to win the spot and hold it all season, but he never did anything extraordinary. Aufner only started nine games at right tackle, but earned more praise from his coaches. Both should be solid returners on the ends of K-State’s line.

On the interior, where K-State will need to replace the three veteran leaders mentioned above, there are more question marks. Finney looks like a strong up-and-comer at center, but he is only a redshirt freshman.

The two guard spots seemed like a toss up heading into fall practices, and Taylor and Freeze may have to prove themselves in games to earn sustained playing time. (more…)