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Big men on campus: College football’s heaviest OL for 2015

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The key role of an offensive linemen is understandably one-dimensional: provide a safe haven for your signal-caller and rusher. The younger your offensive line, the more prone to a pocket collapse. Just a few pounds can be the differentiation of finishing last in your conference or winning the national championship.

But over the last half-decade, the weight of offensive linemen has witnessed a decline.

For instance, in 2010, the average lineman’s weight clocked in at a tick over 304 pounds; whereas in 2014, linemen shed almost three pounds to 302.1.

Whatever the case may be, the front five is a membrane of the heaviest men on the field, regardless of the lonewolf in the skill position, whose name can be scavenged for below.

Offensive Linemen by School (descending order)

1) USC Trojans — 323 pounds
2) Ole Miss — 322.4
3) Kansas — 320.4
4) Georgia State — 320
5) Arkansas — 319.6
6) Old Dominion — 318.2
7) San Diego State — 318
8) LSU — 316.4
9) Miami, Penn State — 315.4
11) Wisconsin — 315.2
12) Florida State — 314.6
13) Oregon State — 314.4
14) Buffalo — 314.2
15) Florida — 314
16) Oklahoma, GA Tech — 313.8
18) Notre Dame — 313.4
19) Baylor, Idaho, Maryland – 312
22) TCU — 311.6
23) Alabama — 311.2
24) Michigan State — 311

Weight Ranking by the AP Preseason Top 20

1) Ohio State – 305
2) Alabama — 311.2
3) Baylor — 312
4) Auburn — 301.6
5) TCU — 311.6
6) USC — 323
7) Michigan State — 311
8) Oregon – 296
9) Florida State — 314.6
10) Georgia — 303.4
11) Ole Miss — 322.4
12) Notre Dame — 313.2
13) Arizona State — 305
14) Clemson — 300
15) LSU — 316.8
16) Arkansas — 319.6
17) Oklahoma — 313.8
18) Georgia Tech — 313.8
19) Wisconsin — 315.2
20) Texas A&M — 309

Offensive Linemen – Lighter Fare

1) Air Force — 256
2) Navy — 272.2
3) Hawaii — 278
4) UTSA — 284
5) Arkansas State — 288.4

Offensive Linemen by Conference

1) SEC — 6-foot-4, 309.15
2) Big 12 — 6-foot-4, 308.78
3) Big Ten — 6-foot-4, 304.75
4) PAC-12 — 6-foot-4, 303.70
5) MAC — 6-foot-4, 301.8
6) ACC — 6-foot-4, 301.75
7) Independent — 6-foot-4, 300.4
8) CUSA — 6-foot-3, 300.38
9) Sun Belt — 6-foot-4, 299.4
10) AAC — 6-foot-4, 299.25
11) Mountain West — 6-foot-3, 290.75

Offensive Linemen Size Rankings in Louisiana

LSU — 6-foot-5, 316.8
Tulane — 6-foot-5, 305.6
UL-Lafayette — 6-foot-3, 300.4
Louisiana Tech — 6-foot-3, 304.2
UL-Monroe — 6-foot-3, 291.8

Offensive Linemen by Weight/Height – Individual Leaders

Purdue G Corey Clements 6-foot-8, 420

Baylor TE Laquan McGowan 6-foot-7, 393

Arizona State NT Mo Latu 6-foot-2, 397

ULL DT Sherard Johnson 6-foot-8, 374

Tulane OG Jason Stewart 6-foot-4, 380

Tennessee DT Charles Mosley 6-foot-5, 370

Ole Miss OG Jordan Sims 6-foot-4, 370

BYU LG Manu Malitalo 6-foot-2, 373

Kentucky DT Matt Elam 6-foot-7, 360

Troy RG Xavier Fields 6-foot-4, 360

Old Dominion RG Tyler Burns 6-foot-6, 370

Arkansas OT Dan Skipper 6-foot-10, 307

Georgia Tech RG Shamire Devine 6-foot-7, 365

Georgia OT Sam Madden 6-foot-6, 350

Offensive Linemen Size Rankings – Dynamic Duos

USC – LG Damion Mama (6-foot-5, 370) and RT Zach Banner (6-foot-9, 350
Kansas – RG Junior Visinia (6-foot-4, 375) and RT Larry Mazyck (6-foot-8, 343)
Georgia State – LT Michael Ivory (6-foot-5, 360) and RT Dom Roldan (6-foot-5, 340)

CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
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