While the tackles depth chart are slightly outnumbered by the guards they are a group of players with no seniors and two sophomores so the faces we see against Ohio State this year should be the same faces that Buffalo fans will see next season.
The lack of freshman on the chart is somewhat ameliorated by a group of young lineman hitting camp this week who are not on any depth charts yet. Freshmen Tyler O'Henly, Brandon Manosalvas, Jason Bunk, and Khari Demos are joined by sophomore Jake Pickett as guys who will probably be on the scout team this year getting ready to hit the depth charts next season.
In the mean time this is what UB's depth at guard looks like:
|Andre Davis -jr||Andre Davis -sr||John Kling - sr|
|Jake Silas - jr||Jake Silas - sr||Blodgett - sr|
|John Kling -so||John Kling - jr|
|Blodgett - so||Blodgett - jr|
Andre Davis is UB's Iron Man. After focusing on development his first year on campus Davis took over a starting role during his redshirt freshman year. The converted defensive lineman has not missed a start since bring the total up to 24 straight games. Last season he put in more snaps than anyone on the team.
The biggest question among the starters on line this season might be Jake Silas. Before this season Silas has only played in five games and has done most of his work on the scout team. Still, all things considered life is pretty good when your biggest question is how will the 6-7 310 guard hold up this year.
He has the tools, he has the size but what remains to be seen is can Silas put it all together.
Under Silas and Davis are two sophomores with exactly one game between them. John Kling was on the field for a few snaps in UB's cupcake game against FCS opponent Morgan State but other than that both he and Bob Blodgett were only seeing scout team reps last season. They are not at all game tested but they are both big boys. Kling checks in at 6-7 310 and Bloggett is a couple of inches shorter at 6-5 and checks in at 305 pounds.
If Kling and Blodgett get the work they need this year and make enough of it to become proven players then the future depth at the guard spot is sound for the next three years.