CU Offensive Line – A Disaster … or a potential Asset?
First, the numbers.
Colorado was 109th in the nation last year in rushing, posting only 110 yards per game. The Buffs were also 116th in total offense and 119th in sacks allowed.
It would come as no surprise, then, that CU was 117th in the nation in scoring offense, putting up only 17.8 points per game.
A weak offensive line certainly contributed to these numbers.
Nowhere to go but up, right?
Colorado at least had all five of its offensive line starters coming back, so there was at least some measure of experience with which new offensive line coach Gary Bernardi could begin to build a cohesive unit.
Then the Buffs’ best offensive lineman, junior David Bakhtiari, declared for the NFL draft (going in the fourth round to the Green Bay Packers).
Next, perhaps the Buffs’ second best offensive lineman, junior Alexander Lewis, declared he was transferring to Nebraska (two days, of course, before he was arrested for assault – insert your favorite Cornhusker Lawrence Phillips joke here).
So, to summarize, the University of Colorado had one of the worst offensive lines in the nation in 2012 … …
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