Breaking down the Class of 2014: Offensive Linemen

Michigan State’s offensive line solidified themselves this past season, allowing Connor Cook and Jeremy Langford to remain protected on their way to an incredibly successful season. Returning are offensive tackles Jack Conklin, Donavon Clark and Kodi Kieler.

The offensive line will be led by senior and ‘YES’-chant man, Travis Jackson, at center. The Spartans will become even deeper with four incoming freshmen on the offensive line.

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OL Brian Allen, Hinsdale Central H.S. (Hinsdale, Ill.)

Brother to junior Jack Allen, Brian is 6-foot-2, 295 pounds. Allen could be an impact player immediately, playing guard and possibly center for the Spartans.

OT Chase Gianacakos, St. Charles North H.S. (St. Charles, Ill.)

Being as deep as they are at the tackle position, MSU is likely to redshirt the 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman with a tongue-twister of last name (pronounced “Yan-A-Cakos”). Gianacakos received offers from Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana, but stayed true to the Green and White, committing to MSU in April 2013 and signing his National Letter of Intent the following February.

OT Miguel Machado, Pasadena City College (Pasadena, Calif.), Miami Carol City H.S. (Miami, Fla.)

This 6-foot-6, 280-pound JUCO transfer originally committed to Purdue, but decided East Lansing was the best place for him. Machado will certainly contribute to the depth at the offensive tackle position for MSU.

OT Nick Padla, Berrien Springs H.S. (Berrien Springs, Mich.)

The final offensive lineman in the incoming freshman class is the 6-foot-5, 269-pound tackle, Nick Padla.


Bradley Allen is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports.

Photo: David Defever/Impact Sports


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