S.C. State’s starting offensive line features four players on the preseason All-MEAC team, and weighs an average of 304 pounds. They are slightly bigger than Kansas’ projected starters, the team Georgia Tech will play next week, and a slice of pizza or two away from North Carolina’s, Tech’s week 3 opponent.
The three starters on the Yellow Jackets’ defensive line weigh an average of 277 pounds.
If nothing else, the Bulldogs’ line, which includes Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honorees Johnny Culbreath (310 pounds), Josh Harrison (310), Sam Timothy (280) and Juavahr Nathan (290), will provide the Yellow Jackets a good test for the the FBS teams upcoming. Tech will host S.C. State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
To climb the mountains in front of them, defensive ends Jason Peters (273 pounds) and Izaan Cross (272) say they must rely on good technique and solid footwork, exploding into the player in front of them and making sure that they stay low, get into their chest, get under them and knock them backward.
“Size-wise this is going to be a good test,” Cross said. “South Carolina State is a pretty good team. This is going to be a good test for the rest of the season.”
S.C. State coach Buddy Pough said he’s going to be leaning on his line to help overcome the loss of his best wide receivers and running backs from last year’s team.
“If you’ve got an offensive line, you have a shot to be pretty good,” he said. “And we’ve got a good offensive line.”