2004 Starter: Russ Tanner (25 career starts)
Tanner has been named to some pre-season center watch lists and will start in 2005. Tanner didn’t, however, get an All-SEC nod this past week at the conference’s Media Days event. The soon to be three-year starter will have plenty of depth behind him if, for some reason, his play does not stay solid in 2005.
Ryan Schnetzer (2 career starts) decided to return for his final season of eligibility rather than move on to medical school. Schnetzer was awarded a football scholarship this spring – and he deserves it. Schnetzer might not start in front of Tanner, but he will share almost half of the snaps with him.
Michael Turner, who was ticketed for drug possession in the winter and will be suspended for the first game of the season, has made significant progress on the gridiron. Turner will play some this fall, but center might not be the only spot. Offensive line Coach Neil Callaway has called Turner the team’s most diverse lineman. That means that Turner could get some looks as guard as well at tackle this fall. For some time this spring it appeared that starting guard Nick Jones (15 career starts) would be a back-up at canter, but now with the amount of depth at this spot that seems unlikely.