Michigan State Football: Projecting offensive depth chart for 2020

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Offensive line

Starting tackles: AJ Arcuri, Devontae Dobbs
Backups: Jordan Reid, James Ohonba

AJ Arcuri showed plenty of promise last season and I think Devontae Dobbs is going to take some massive steps in the right direction in his second year. This might end up being a strength of the team where it’s been a weakness for years.

Jordan Reid hasn’t opted back in yet, but he could very well do that and if he does, he will have to fight for his starting job back. He’s been underperforming for a couple of years now, but maybe Chris Kapilovic can get the most out of him. I’m also waiting for the James Ohonba breakout.

Starting guards: Kevin Jarvis, JD Duplain
Backups: Matt Carrick, Nick Samac

The leader of the offensive line will most likely be Kevin Jarvis this season and he beefed up quite a bit this offseason. He’s an All-Big Ten candidate and a three-year starter who is looking to end his MSU career on a high note. I could see him at left guard even though he’s been a right guard for most of his career. JD Duplain is a rising second-year player who could truly become a star on this offensive line.

Don’t sleep on Matt Carrick or Nick Samac to make a push for a starting spot. All four are capable starters on the interior.

Starting center: Matt Allen
Backup: Nick Samac OR Jacob Isaia

Matt Allen is returning as a senior, hoping to follow in his brothers’ All-Big Ten footsteps but he has a lot to live up to. A new line coach will give him a fresh start.

And yes, we have Samac at the backup center spot after having him in the two-deep at guard and he could see plenty of snaps this season because his ceiling is that high. He’s an impressive interior lineman and he should be able to see the field plenty in 2020. We haven’t seen Jacob Isaia much yet, but that could change.