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Positional Preview - Offensive Line

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The fifth of a nine-part College of Idaho 2015 football team preview, focusing tonight on the Coyote offensive line.
For offensive coordinator, Tim Keane, the new season brings a year of experience for his offensive line and renewed excitement for the potential of the offensive line.

Keane, a former lineman at UC Davis himself, returns all five starters that helped the offense average over 200 yards rushing per game.  Offseason workouts have increased the size of the returners by over 10 pounds per player, helping the crew match up even better with the quality defensive fronts in the Frontier Conference.
"I am really excited as those guys worked so hard during the summer," Keane said.  "We have NFL kind of line – in the sense we have just 10 guys. It's small like an NFL roster, as they carry eight guys plus some on a practice squad."
Center Greg Dohmen is the anchor of the line and is healthy after injuries plagued him during the 2014 season.  The former Bose State lineman is the lone senior among his peers.
"Greg is ready to go," Keane said.  "He spent the last two months digging ditches and using jackhammers on concrete, so double-days are easy compared to his summer work."
Guards Andrew Galloway and Dylan Garcia started all 11 games last season as true freshmen and earned loads of experience.  Galloway was busy during the spring as a thrower on the Yotes track and field team, placing fourth in the conference championships in the shot put.
"Galloway worked extremely hard during the summer, working in a lumber mill from 6-to-4," Keane said. "And then he made the trip to Caldwell and came over here to work out with us."
Tackles Sam Zvirdys and Sam Ball served as the primary bookends of the line as freshmen and both players are bigger, faster and stronger heading into 2015 – with their key role keeping the quarterback upright.
"With the work we have done, hopefully we are a little bit better up front in protecting our quarterback," Keane said.  "Their job is to keep him clean when he is throwing the ball."
Heading into camp, Keane has a full second unit of quailty offensive linemen – a luxury the Yotes did not have during the 2014 season.
Center Hayden Paul filled in admirably during his freshman season, earning loads of on-the-job experience.  At the guards, sophomore Jarrett Williams and junior Alec Montelongo provide size and speed and continue to press the starters, while at tackle, sophomore James Royspan style="font-family: arial; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;"> and freshman Tyler Vorce look to be impact players by the time their C of I careers are over.
"Our guys have a really good work ethic and are down to earth," Keane said. "Camp to them is easy; these guys are loving double-days in comparison to the work they put in during the summer.  It is fun to see their development."
The Coyotes will host an intrasquad game on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. in preparation for the season opener, Aug. 29, vs. Eastern Oregon.