If you ask most coaches, they'll tell you the guys up front unite make-or-break your success on offense. In 2019 OC Jake Moreland's offensive line returns of experience up front, like Luke Juriga, who was a First Team All-MAC selection in 2018. Juriga makes the transition from guard to center this season with a tough act to follow as former center Jon Keenoy now plays with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.
Juriga, who could follow Keenoy’s footsteps into the NFL after the season, knows how important it is to have the offensive line perform well.
“If we didn’t do our jobs, we wouldn’t be a good offense, it’s as simple as that,” Juriga said. “But it’s all about building relationships with each other and how we work with each other, and I think we’ll be really good this year.”
Along with Juriga, the Broncos return other starters such as junior Jaylon Moore at left tackle and Mike Caliendo at guard, who helped pave the way for a Bronco rushing attack that ranked in the top 40 in the nation last season.
Let’s look at how the Broncos 2019-20 entire offensive line shapes out.
Jordan Asbury (Junior)
Asbury played in seven games (69 snaps) last season, starting in one. He’s expected to slide into that starting right guard position this season, filling Juriga’s previous spot.
Mike Caliendo (Junior)
Caliendo played in all 13 games last season, starting in 12. His 900 snaps played were the fourth-most on the team and will certainly hold down that starting left guard position for the Broncos this season.
Trevor Campbell (Sophomore)
After redshirting in 2017, Campbell made his debut last season against Delaware State. He is listed as the No. 2 left guard in the team’s media guide in their unofficial two-deep depth chart.
Jonathan Todd (Senior)
The 6-foot-6, 325-pound senior has played in three games in his Bronco career, including one appearance last season. He was redshirted in 2015 and on the scout team in 2016.
Mohamed Elazazy (Sophomore)
Elazazy made his college debut as a redshirt freshman last season against Delaware State. He is listed at No. 2 on the depth chart at right guard in the team’s media guide.
Tom O’Mara (Sophomore)
Tim Lester announced O’Mara as being one of the players to suffer an injury at WMU Media Day and announced him as one of the players who won’t be heard from this season due to injury. O’mara is versatile on the line, in high school he played guard, tackle and center.
Brooks played and started six games last season, accumulating 248 snaps. He is listed at the No. 2 right tackle in the team’s media guide but will most likely battle Spencer Kanz for a starting position.
Kettler is a freshman from East Grand Rapids High School. He was a 2018 Associated Press and Detroit News First-Team All-State selection.
A 6’6”, 295 Sophomore from Luxemburg, Wisconsin, Kanz played in 10 games last season, accumulating 163 snaps. He’s listed at the No. 1 offensive tackle in the team’s media guide.
Dylan Deatherage (Sophomore)
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound tackle played in five games last year as a freshman. He made his debut against Michigan at the Big House on Sept. 8, 2018.
Jaylon Moore (Junior)
Moore has established himself as a force at left tackle on the Broncos offensive line. He played and started in all 13 games last season. At 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, expect Moore to continue to pave holes for Bronco running backs and help give quarterback Jon Wassink a clean pocket to throw from.
Hunter Shulfer (Freshman)
Shulfer is stands at 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds. He hails from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The experience up front for the Broncos will allow Shulfer time to develop.
Joey Price (Freshman)
Price’s size really stands out at 6-foot-8 and 350 pounds. The freshman from Algonquin, Illinois was the No. 21 ranked player in the state coming out of high school. He held offers froms Iowa State, Illinois, Purdue, West Virginia, along with several others.
Luke Jurgia (Senior)
Juriga’s play up front speaks for itself. He will lead the Broncos at center this season. Coach Tim Lester said he is one of the best offensive linemen he has seen. He was First Team All-MAC last season and led the team in total snaps played at 1,056. The transition from guard to center shouldn’t be any problem at all for Juriga.
Alex Keys (Senior)
Keys is another experienced player on the Broncos offensive line. He will back up Juriga. He has appeared in 10 games in his Bronco career thus far.
Jacob Gideon (Freshman)
Gideon has two seniors in front of him, which is key to a young player’s development. He comes in at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds and was named one of the top 50 players in the state of Kentucky coming out of high school.