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Georgia State Football: Way-too-Early Look at 2016 - Offensive Line

Today, we're looking at the big guys up front on the offensive side of the ball.

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Offensive Line

Who's Gone: Taylor Evans (LG), Jah-Mai Davidson (RT) Kelepi Folau, Steve Wolgamott

Who's New: Shamarius Gilmore

Outlook: The good thing for Georgia State's offensive line is that they really aren't losing a lot. They are losing two key starters and two back-ups, but they'll be returning four starters on the offensive line, which is usually a good sign of future improvement and/or stability for the next season.

The real loss here is Evans, a fifth-year senior who came from a JUCO school in California. He brought a lot of versatility, being able to play every position along the offensive line in his 20 starts for the Panthers. To open the season, Evans started at center before missing the second game of the season due to an injury. From then on, he was a solid starter at left guard.

The Panthers also lose Jah-Mai Davidson, who opted to graduate and forgo his final year of eligibility.

Returning to the offensive line are a senior tackle in Michael Ivory, a rising sophomore center in Gabe Mobley and a rising junior guard in Alex Stoehr. Barring any injuries, these three guys will be starting again this season. The real question lies in the replacements of Taylor Evans and Jah-Mai Davidson.

The two likely candidates for Evans' spot are rising junior Davis Moore and rising senior Akil Hawkins. In 2014, these two started a combined five games at left guard, so they already have starting experience here.

Tyler Simonsen and Dom Roldan, two JUCO players who enrolled in Jan. 2015, could also have their shot. Of those two, Roldan catches my eye a little bit more, but that's because of his size. On Georgia State's website, he's listed at 6-foot-6, 350 pounds. I don't think he'll get the job, though, as he saw time at right tackle this past season.

The last guy that will have his shot is freshman Lucas Johnson, who redshirted this past season. He would probably be a bit of a wildcard there because of his youth, but if he can come in and show the coaches he knows what he's doing, he could make for a nice offensive lineman.

As for Davidson's replacement, I think one of the JUCO guys mentioned above will slide into that spot.