There aren’t too many areas of the 2014 Rhode Island football team that fans can point to and say, “Wow, Rhody is really strong at that position!”. But the URI offensive line has to be one of them. The Rams are deep, talented, and experienced. Here’s a look at the big boys in the trenches.
First, the stars, and they need no introduction: senior left tackle Andrew Kestenbaum and sophomore left guard Tyler Catalina. 100 percent of Rhody’s left side was named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-CAA Third Team, and there aren’t a lot of team that will be able to get through on the blind side.
Moving from left to right, the Rams will have a new starting center this year, and it will likely be sophomore Sam Hartman. The 6’2″, 300-pounder was largely a back-up last season, but he is expected to slide in and replace the graduated Jeff Kennedy.
The right side of the line will most likely consist of junior John Greenhalgh at guard and red-shirt freshman Dave Steinmetz at tackle. Greenlaugh, much like Hartman, was a back-up last season, but he’s ready to make the jump to the first team. As for Steinmetz, he has yet to play in a collegiate game. But check this out: 6’7″, 305 pounds. The red-shirt freshman is built to play on an O-Line.
With this crew of size, experience, and sheer talent, Rhode Island should be in good shape up front. Let us know your thoughts on the offensive front in the comments.