If the NC State offensive line stays healthy this season, it should be N.C. State’s strongest unit.

The best part about the players in this group is they are interchangeable because so many guys played so many different positions a year ago. Senior guard Joe Sculthorpe (6-3, 300) has played both guard positions and some tackle during camp. Same for sophomore tackle Ikem Ekwonu. Junior Bryson Speas played tackle a year ago, but should start at one of the guard spots in 2020.

Ekwonu stepped in as a true freshman and started the last seven games at the all important left tackle spot. Sculthorpe sees the making of a star in the guy they all call “Ickey.”

Ekwonu (6-4, 308) and Justin Whitt (6-6, 310) should man the tackle spots, with Sculthorpe and Speas (6-4, 304) at the guards. Gibson will hold down the center spot. That’s four starters back with 62 combined starts between them. All five were on the roster a year ago, but that combination never touched the field at the same time. Gibson started all 12 games in 2019 and Whitt has 17 career starts, the most out of all the linemen.

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