I wanted to quickly comment on the state of the O and D lines as we end the non-conference schedule. I think that it is safe to say that both lines have exceeded expections. First, the D line.
We all knew that BP was a monster but depth was a concern. From what I have seen, our other guys have really stepped it up. Jerzy, the other DT, has really stood out for me. Blocked kick in the SDSU game. Big plays last night an in Knoxville. Backups such as Jess Ward (who I believe was the main reason for the 4th and 2 stop against UT) has played well coming off a preseason injury. Damien Holmes made a big play (sack) last night. David Carter has made several big sacks and, I believe, may lead the team. The starting DEs, Bosworth and Jones, have been solid. Suddenly, I am liking the depth as the position. We need to do better against the spread, but I think that was more an issue with the LBs overpursuing. On to the O . . .
Maiava is really anchoring the line. He is one nasty son of a gun. Love his motor and his leadership. Mike Harris has been a pleasant surprise. He had a tough false start last night, but otherwise played very well. Baca and X appear to be holding their own on the left side and Eddie Williams has been pretty solid. It is nice to have the same guys starting at the same positions and growing as a unit. Something that did not occur last season. it is no coincidence that the Bruins had their first 100 yard rushing game since 2007. The pass protection was outstanding last night. No sacks. Craft had time. It was only KSU, but the line also did OK against a tough UT D in Knoxville, and held its own against a tricky Rocky Long scheme in the SDSU game.