2014 Pac-12 Unit Rankings Offensive Lines: Ducks might have nation's best offensive line

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The Ducks and Cardinal once again have the best offensive lines in the Pac-12.

1. Oregon (C Hroniss Grasu, T Tyler Johnstone, T Jake Fisher, G Hamani Stevens, G Cameron Hunt, G Andre Yruretagoyena)

This Ducks unit has the best to be the best in the history of Oregon football. Grasu is an All-American and Johnstone and Fisher are multiple-year starters who are as good of tackles as the Ducks have ever had. Throw in a developing young standout in Hunt and experienced solid players like Stevens and Yruretagoyena and you might have the best offensive line in the country this year.

2. Stanford (T Andrus Peat, T Kyle Murphy, G Joshua Garnett, G Johnny Caspers, C Graham Shuler)

Pretty crazy to have Stanford have the conference's second-best offensive line even though they lost four starters from the previous season, but it is a down year for linemen in the conference and the Cardinal still probably have the most-talented line in the entire conference and most of these players have already seen extensive time as reserves. Peat is a top pick-level talent as well as Murphy, Garnett is a high school All-American just waiting for his turn and Caspers and Graham are solid players who fit the mold of supporting talent in the Cardinal system.

3. UCLA (C Jake Brendel, T Malcolm Bunche, G Alex Redmond, T Caleb Benenoch, T Simon Goines, G Scott Quessenberry)

A young, but talented group, the Bruins had to break in a number of young linemen the past couple of years, but the pay dirt now is that they are loaded with young talent that already has some experience under their belt in guys like Brendel, Redmond, Benenoch and Goines. Throw in an experience transfer in Bunche, who is a former Miami starter, and you have a unit that is developing into one of the best in the nation.

4. Washington (G Dexter Charles, T Micah Hatchie, C Mike Criste, T Ben Riva, G Colin Tanigawa, G James Atoe)

All five starters return for the Huskies this year, including four seniors. There are no stars here, but every player is a multiple-year starter who has spent his career opening up holes for Bishop Sankey and more than holding his own.

5. USC (C Max Tuerk, T Chad Wheeler, G Khaliel Rodgers, T Zach Banner, G Toa Lobendahn, T Nathan Guertler)

This group is very, very young, but very, very talented and headlined by a budding star in Tuerk. Wheeler, Banner and Lobendahn are light on experience, but big on potential and if these guys can quickly adapt to major college football, this unit could be one of the best in the conference.

6. Arizona State (G Jamil Douglas, G Vi Teofilo, T Tyler Sulka, T Evan Goodman, C Nick Kelly, G Christian Westerman)

A good, but not great group, Douglas is the star and the rest of the players have talent but not a ton of experience. Douglas is not alone though, as Teofilo and Sulka are returning starters and Goodman and Westerman are former elite recruits who will get their chance to shine in 2014.

7. Arizona (T Mickey Baucus, T Fabbians Ebbele, C Steven Gurrola, G Cayman Bundage, G Faitele Faafoi, Lene Maiava)

This group features two of the largest, most underrated tackles in the conference in Baucus and Ebbele who both could turn into All-Pac-12 performers. The rest of the Wildcat contributors on the line have experience, but are not highly-regarded, but remember that they were players who helped Ka'Deem Carey run for a ton of yards the past two seasons.

8. Utah (G Jeremiah Poutasi, G Hiva Lutui, C Siaosi Aiono, T Andrew Albers, T Isaac Asiata, G Kala Friel, G Junior Salt, G Salesi Uhatafe)

The Utes bring a more old fashioned approach to offensive line, by featuring primarily heavy linemen that are more road graters than the fleet lines you will see a program like Oregon. The Utes format works just fine and they can use their size to grind out yards on the ground led by potential star Poutasi.

9. Oregon State (C Isaac Seumalo, G Sean Harlow, T Bobby Keenan, T Gavin Andrews, G Grant Bays, G Fred Lauina, T Will Hopkins)

This unit was much maligned in 2013 and there isn't a ton of buzz going into 2014 even though they have one of the best centers in the nation in Seumalo. The rest of the group is unproven or didn't perform well in 2013.

10. Washington State (G Gunnar Eklund, T Joe Dahl, T Cole Madison, G Jacob Seydel, C Sam Flor)

The Cougars have been a mess along the offensive line since the Bill Doba era and, while they have made some positive steps forward under Mike Leach, they still don't have the talent and experience to get out of the bottom of the conference rankings. This group has some experience, but struggled in 2013 to protect Connor Halliday and has a long ways to go to becoming a solid unit.

11. Cal (C Jordan Rigsbee, T Steven Moore, G Alejandro Crosthwaite, G Chris Borrayo, T Christian Okafor, T Brian Farley, T Aaron Cochran)

The Bears always seemed to have good lines under Jeff Tedford, but that all changed last season as their inexperienced unit was ravaged by injury and performed poorly. The good news for Cal is that this group is talented and could move up here if they can stay healthy and improve in Sonny Dykes' system.

12. Colorado (G Daniel Munyer, T Stephane Nembot, G Kaiwi Crabb, G Alex Kelley, Marc Mustoe T Brad Cotner, T Jeremy Irwin, )

The Buffs may still be at the bottom of the conference here, but they are improving along the line. Munyer has a ton of experience and might be the best overall player on the Buff offense and Nembot is an athletic player that could be great if he finally fulfills his potential.

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