All of these previously-mentioned offensive stars didn't put up big numbers by themselves. Here's a look at the guys who made much of that possible.
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Lots of strong offensive linemen to consider, so here goes …
My starters (so far): Paul Jorgensen, DeWitt (2010, Northwestern); Bridger Buche, Portland (2007, Eastern Michigan); Blake Botek, Grand Ledge (2004, Oklahoma State); Matt Armstrong, Sexton (2008, Grand Valley State); Stephen Johnson, Holt (2006, EMU).
Other finalists: Micajah Reynolds, Sexton (2009, Michigan State); Bryant Schmitt, Pewamo-Westphalia (2009, Grand Rapids Community College); Austin Holtz, Holt (2008, Ball State); Tyler Holtz, Holt (2005, Grand Valley State); Justin Hartig, Charlotte (2003, Ball State).
Best of the rest: Jordan Rahme, Fulton (2008); Adam Rainbolt, Haslett (2007); Ross Addison, Fowlerville (2007, GVSU); DeShon Dedrick, Sexton (2006); Ricki Saenz, DeWitt (2005); Gavin Acton, Charlotte (2005, Findlay); Mark Andrew, Waverly (2004, MSU); Adam Barr, Holt (2003, Olivet College); Vic Preston, Grand Ledge (2001); David Rudd Ross, Okemos (2001); David Schoonover, DeWitt (2001, Michigan).
A few things to keep in mind here: This is a measure of performance in high school, not beyond, and often the best offensive linemen at the college level were tight ends in high school (see Sexton's Sam Allen, who went to GVSU and then to camp with the Bills). Also, some of the names you might be looking for will be part of my defensive linemen group instead.
I think it's really tough to argue with my top five so far. Reynolds could definitely be swapped into that group, although I think Armstrong scared people more at the high school level at least. Similarly, Austin Holtz could be on instead of Johnson, but I'll let you figure those out. Jorgensen was the LSJ Defensive Player of the Year this fall, but was the best lineman on either side of the ball.
This one is certainly the toughest to measure since there really aren't stats to help — I just tried to remember what coaches said over the years, and what I remember seeing. But I'm sure there are plenty of others we can add to the list.
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