Football: Top returning offensive linemen in the Denton area – Denton Record Chronicle

Guyer running back Kaedric Cobbs called the Wildcats’ offensive line “the best offensive line in the state” on a weekly basis last season. 

Cobbs, who rushed for 1,362 yards and 25 touchdowns as a sophomore, may have been right. With John Lanz, who’s now at TCU, leading the way, Guyer had an imposing offensive line that produced running game that rushed for more than 250 yards in nine of the team’s 11 games. 

But with Lanz and the entire Wildcats’ offensive line lost to graduation, the Wildcats will start fresh up front this season. That leaves Argyle, the No. 1 team in Class 4A entering the season, with one of the most experienced offensive lines in the Denton area this year as the Eagles return a host of talented linemen from last season’s unit. 

Here’s a rundown of the notable returners on the offensive line among area schools:

Preston Wilson, Garrett Thomas and Brandon Michels, Argyle

Preston Wilson is one of the top Class of 2019 recruits in Texas and he leads the way for the Eagles after committing to Oklahoma State over the summer. Garrett Thomas, a first team all-district guard, and Brandon Michels, a second team all-district tackle, also return up front, giving Argyle an extremely formidable group to work with. While Jon Copeland and Don Williams graduated in the backfield, a strong group up front gives the Eagles a lot of confidence in their offense heading into the fall. 


Hayden Brockenbush

Lake Dallas Football Hayden Brockenbush

Hayden Brockenbush, Lake Dallas

With offers from Stephen F. Austin, Northwestern State, Incarnate Word and Air Force, Brockenbush’s stock is rising as he enters his senior year. He was a first team all-district tackle as a junior but is expected to play more on the defensive line for the Falcons this season. Whether he lines up on offense or defense, Brockenbush will be one of the top linemen in the area again this season. 

Quincy Gulley, Ryan

All five of Ryan’s starting offensive linemen took home all-district awards in District 5-5A last year but Gulley is the only returner from that group as Justice Langston, Jacob Bridges, Mike Neilsen and Carson Shelton all graduated. With Ian Henigan taking over at quarterback for Spencer Sanders, Gulley will play a key role in helping the new faces on the offensive line mesh together before the season gets started. 

Xavier Bennett and Wyatt Novak, Denton

Denton rolled out an extremely young offense in Billy Miller’s first season with the program but the Broncos gained some valuable experience despite fighting a number of late-season injuries. Xavier Bennett and Wyatt Novak, a pair of second team all-district linemen, will be important pieces in helping quarterback Landry Kinne and running back Xylohn Posey bounce back to have big junior seasons. 


Austin McCallion

Austin McCallion. Friday, August 25, 2017, Aubrey High School in Aubrey, Texas.

Austin McCallion, Aubrey

Austin McCallion was a defensive force for the Chaparrals last season, earning first team all-district honors on the defensive line for his ability to consistently disrupt opposing backfields. But McCallion was also a second team all-district offensive lineman, and his talent will be needed on the offensive line this season as Aubrey loses Jarom Larman, Kaleb Wiseman, Connor Laughlin, Dylan Brown and Jordan Redfearn up front. 

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BRADY KEANE can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter @BradyKeane. 

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