So this has been a topic that has cooled down a little lately but we have heard about our youth, specifically on the offensive line. Well, I kind of just took it for granted that we were young because I saw what we were putting out there. Tonight, I came across a piece on a Michigan blog that compared the youth of their line to those in the top 25. I took the way they calculated "age" and applied it to each of our lineups. I'm sort of doing it off of memory and may have some guys switched here and there and I used the guys that started the games so that when Farniok was rotated in, he wasn't factored in. Here's the link to the original data that they compiled. Let's Try This Again!!! - Is Our O-Line Really That Young? | mgoblog Ok so here is what we have had. Lich-4.5 Burton-1.5 Farniok-3.5 Lalk-2.5 Gannon- 3.5 Ave-3.1 Dagel-2.5 Burton-1.5 Lalk-2.5 Tuftee- 4.5 Gannon-3.5 Ave-2.9 Dagel-2.5 Burton- 1.5 Loth- 3.5 Omoile- 2.5 Farniok-3.5 Ave-2.7 Right now Burton-1.5 Dagel- 2.5 Farniok-3.5 Lalk- 2.5 Omoile 2.5 Ave-2.5 Note that Dunning got significant time lately. He's a 1.5. Ok, so we broke 3 once at the beginning of the year and once you pull out Lich, that just isn't happening. There are 2 teams with lines equal to our current one, none of them that are younger. Those teams are LSU and Auburn. I'm guessing the guys they are getting are probably much closer to ready than the guys we recruit. I think that's a very important aspect. Guys like Dagel and Lalk were TEs who needed at the very least, 3 years to be ready to be very good linemen. IMO, Lalk, especially has been very good considering. I didn't do this with the intention of creating any sort of hope or anything like that. I did it because I wanted to quantify and compare our line to see if it was actually young relative to other teams. A better way to do this would be to sort by offense, however I don't have the time or patience to gather my own data so I just stuck with that. The one gripe that I have is that a RS Freshman and a So are given the same value. I'm not sure that's right but for the sake of comparing I left it alone. Obviously I didn't do every lineup but I think we get the idea. Let's just say everyone that had been recruited and stayed at ISU was healthy. I'm not talking about guys that got beat out, like Lich and Loth but if you add Tuftee and Dika to our line it gets significantly older. Comments?