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Seven push for starting spots on Boise State football team's O-line

The Boise State football team has a seven-man rotation on the offensive line for fall camp in search of the five most physical players.

Junior Marcus Henry, the starting right guard last year, is the center.

Junior Rees Odhiambo, the starting right tackle last year, is the likely left tackle. However, sophomore Travis Averill and redshirt freshman Eli McCullough also are competing for time on the left side. One will start at tackle and one at guard.

Sophomores Mario Yakoo and Steven Baggett and redshirt freshman Archie Lewis are competing for the two spots on the right side.

Averill, Yakoo and Baggett all started games last season.

Offensive line coach Scott Huff’s goal: “(Find the) most physical guys. And the five that play the best.”

Other notes on the offensive line:

— The offensive linemen hiked to Table Rock every Friday during the summer for an extra workout and some group bonding.

— Odhiambo started the first five games last year before an ankle injury sidetracked him. He was in and out of the lineup the rest of the season. “I felt like I had a lot of things to improve on but just didn’t get a chance to later on,” Odhiambo said. He missed spring ball with a separate injury (he didn’t disclose details) but was back to 100 percent for the summer program.

— Huff on Odhiambo: “You saw flashes that he can be really, really good. You definitely saw that. And you saw times where he was banged up and he didn’t look really good. So hopefully we can (keep) him healthy and at this point, he’s been good.”

— Huff on the summer: “I felt like those guys did a great job this summer in terms of their overall football knowledge. The weight room stuff has shown up — they’re bigger, they’re stronger. I really feel like we’ve hit the ground running from where we were at the end of spring in terms of their technique and mental capacity.”

— Henry on the line’s goal for camp: “We’re trying to be much more physical in the run game, establish ourselves in the trenches.”

— Henry said the offensive changes have affected some of the calls for the line but not the blocking schemes as much.

— Henry on his game: “I got miles and miles better. I feel like I’m much better now than I was at guard.”

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