Even the most casual football fan knows that everything starts in the trenches. If the offensive line can't block, forget it. If the defensive line gets flattened, see you next year.
The Baylor Bears recently wrapped up their spring practices and while they will break in new quarterback Seth Russell, they at least know they'll have his back. Literally.
The offensive line is loaded with experience and talent that includes all five starters, four seniors and a junior. Left tackle Spencer Drango, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection, is back to anchor the unit.
On the other side, ferocious defensive end Shawn Oakman bypassed the NFL Draft to come back an lead a line that includes three seniors and a junior. For a defense that is usually the weak link compared to Baylor's high-octane offense, this is the season that it can, and should, be its equal.