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Spring Review: Offensive line

Position-by-position analysis after NIU spring football

Welcome to the latest edition of “Spring Review.” Today, we’ll take a look at the offensive line and tell you who came out ahead, which lineman still has work to do and what you can expect for fall camp.

The main story surrounding the offensive line this spring was how Northern Illinois would replace Jon Brost at right tackle and Dan Keller at right guard. Eddie Adamski and Jason Onyebuagu are set at center and left guard and the NIU coaching staff found its left tackle last season in Trevor Olson.

From the start of the spring, Kevin Skatrud settled in as the starter at right tackle and Panan Tense did the same at right guard. Neither lost any playing time in the five weeks of spring ball but Skatrud and Tense haven’t been declared as starters yet.

Adam Kiel, Joe Pawlak, Logan Pegram and Keith Otis are all right behind Skatrud and Tense and right guard and right tackle will be a position battle all the way to the Huskies’ first game at Wisconsin.

Most improved: Panan Tense

As I wrote earlier this spring, things started clicking for Tense during practice for the Independence Bowl. His footwork has improved and his pass blocking has noticeably gotten better. The game doesn’t look so fast to Tense anymore and he’s aggressive on his blocks.

Need to see more: Joe Pawlak

Pawlak has all the physical tools to be a starter, but has to put things together and become a much more consistent pass and run blocker to see playing time. He’s improved, but at this point I think he’s expected to do more.

Incoming recruits: Matt Krempel, Jared Volk

Video interviews: Jason Onyebuagu (3-26), Eddie Adamski (4-11)

Next Spring Review: Defensive line


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