The Minnesota Golden Gophers are a mere eight days away from their season opening game vs. the UNLV Rebels, and now the team has its first team offensive line all but set. The one spot that is still up for grabs is the center position, but the two tackles and two guard spots are accounted for.
At the tackles are junior Ed Olson and redshirt freshman Josh Campion. Olson started 10 games at left tackle for the Gophers last season, so his inclusion is far short of a surprise. Campion, meanwhile, sat out 2011 due to concussion issues, but impressed coaches in camp and took the job over a bevy of more experienced linemen. The guards will be Zac Epping and Tommy Olson, brother of Ed. The sophomore Epping started eight games last year at right guard, while the sophomore Olson started three at left guard.
The center spot will be won by either Zach Mottla or John Christenson. Christenson is a freshman, while Mottla appeared in six games in 2011. Ohio State transfer Brian Bobek -- a center and one-time four-star prospect -- will not be eligible to play until 2013.