Grading the positions: Offensive line 

December, 18, 2012
In the weeks leading up to Texas A&M's bowl game, GigEmNation will take a look back at how the Aggies performed position by position and give each group a grade based on that performance. Today, we look at the offensive line.

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Highlights: The was probably the best and most consistent position group on the team this season. The front five of tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, center Patrick Lewis and guards Jarvis Harrison and Cedric Ogbuehi did a stellar job of protecting redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel and giving him plenty of time to operate. The unit paved the way for an offense that ranked No. 3 in the country in total offensive yards (552.3) and scoring (44.8 points per game) and in the top 15 in both passing and rushing yards per game.

The two tackles are likely high draft picks should they choose to enter the draft, and Lewis played perhaps the most important role of the group. His responsibilities included calling protections and dictating the tempo so that the Aggies' offense could run at the breakneck pace that coach Kevin Sumlin desired.
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