It's just shorts and shells so don't get too excited, but the early starting OL lineup goes:
The three inside guys have pretty good job security, but Wickline is looking for best starting five so a tackle not stepping up could conceivably impact the interior guys. We don't want that to happen though. Perkins and Flowers need to play like veteran badasses - they can't just settle for occupying someone. They need to be putting DL asses into the LB's behind them and creating disruption. Doyle can't give ground against the Andrew Billings types anymore either. If we can get the inside zone running game cracking, this offense will have the ability to form a legitimate identity. We go into much greater depth on why this is important in the Thinking Texas Football preview.
It's increasingly apparent that true freshman Connor Williams will be starting at tackle against the Irish. That's exciting in every sense of that word. Potential is exciting! A defanged cobra in your bed linens - also exciting! Marcus Hutchins - a former third string guard turned fourth string defensive tackle turned 1st string offensive tackle, phew! - will try to hold off a host of competitors to do the same.
This is what I wrote about Connor Williams back in February. The paid recruiting evaluators (Eric Nahlin a notable exception) consistently shit the bed in projecting guys like him and it's mystifying to me. Why the average recruiting evaluator can't comprehend that gaining size and strength is the easiest thing in the world for a big-framed kid is beyond me. If you want some more insight, read this thread back when he committed in September. The comments section is worth your time.