Texas A&M football: 5 burning questions entering spring practices

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How does the starting OL shake out?

The offensive line had question marks entering the 2018 season and they answered those emphatically. While occasionally struggling to protect Kellen Mond at times, and to get movement against the truly elite defensive lines, they mostly performed at a high level.

The problem? The anchor of that line is now gone. Erik McCoy decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. It’s hard to blame him. He was a three-year starter in Aggieland and had seemingly done everything he could for his NFL Draft stock. Starting senior Keaton Sutherland is also gone.

There are a plethora of combinations the Aggies could go with this year, which is not unlike last year. New offensive line coach Josh Henson could see things differently than Jim Turner did. Tackles Dan Moore Jr. and Carson Green and guard Jared Hocker return, but things change when you have roster and coaching turnover.

Ryan McCollom has starting experience at center, but is it enough to hold off Grayson Reed or Luke Matthews? Could one of those two or Tank Jenkins slide in and be successful at guard? Can 5-star tackle Kenyon Green win a job without enrolling early? Stay tuned for answers.