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Why Utah’s OL Talent Will Blossom In 2013

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Utah offensive line coach Dan Finn talks to his unit during last season's USC game. Finn expects to have a complete two-deep this season. It's doubtful he'll get it -- maybe eight players, rather than 10, will be ready to go. Photo by George Frey/Getty Images.
Utah offensive line coach Dan Finn talks to his unit during last season's USC game. Finn expects to have a complete two-deep this season. It's doubtful he'll get it -- maybe eight players, rather than 10, will be ready to go. Photo by George Frey/Getty Images.

We all know that homely-looking girl from school who returns the following fall more beautiful than ever. Consider Ashley, Hannah or Priscilla a reflection of this year’s Utah offensive line. Accounts from coach Kyle Whittingham is that the unit’s immense talent is ready to flourish in the Utes’ third season in the Pac-12.

Even after losing three senior starters, Whittingham calls the offensive line "the deepest group” he’s seen “in years.” The Utes go two deep in 300-pounders whose quickness and agility seems to confute their size.

Utah had 18 healthy offensive linemen in spring camp, when seven or eight were already prepared to play at the FBS level, offensive line coach Dan Finn says. He wants that number to be at 10 for fall camp and thinks he’ll get it. The author disagrees.

Left tackle Jeremiah Poutasi, left guard Jeremiah Tofaeono, center Vyncent Jones, right guard Junior Salt and right tackle Siaosi Aiono are the current starting five, but Isaac Asiata and Andrew Albers are proving to be challengers for Toefaeono and Aiono at right tackle and left guard, respectively. Project Carlos Lozano will also see time if he establishes a consistent weight-loss pattern.

The following players are listed in estimation in order of how they compare with their Pac-12 counterparts on the offensive line.