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By Southern Pigskin Staff
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Southern Pigskin's top five Sun Belt offensive lines for 2018.

1. Troy: The Trojans have allowed just 23 total sacks the past two years, while ranking second in the Sun Belt with a team rushing average of 4.6 yards per carry in that same span. Senior center Deontae Crumitie, a starter dating back to game one of his career, is one of the most experienced linemen in all of college football, and junior Tristan Crowder has really developed as well. Both players earned second-team all-conference honors in 2017.

2. Appalachian State: Only Army allowed fewer sacks than the Mountaineers at just eight a year ago. Additionally, Appalachian State ranked 15th nationally with 5.48 yards per carry. This unit won games in the trenches last season, a trend likely to continue. Though stars Colby Gossett and Beau Nunn are gone, junior Victor Johnson, fresh off first-team All-Sun Belt recognition and first-team responsibility since his redshirt freshman year, is the next-in-line.

3. Louisiana-Monroe: There is plenty of experience up front for the high-flying Warhawks, who ranked 21st in the nation in total offense with 458 yards per game in 2017. Eastwood Thomas is a talented former Alabama transfer. T.J. Fiailoa is a punishing blocker at 6'4'', 360 pounds. Louisiana-Monroe ranked third in the Sun Belt in giving up just 21 sacks.

4. Arkansas State: Few teams in the country can do what the Red Wolves do offensively as their top ten production from this past season, 494.8 yards per game, speaks to. Fifth-year senior Lanard Bonner may be the best offensive lineman in the league, a proven veteran who sets the tone up front. Jacob Still had a very nice showing as a freshman.

5. Lousiana: Kevin Dotson has continued to climb the ladder, earning second-team All-Sun Belt honors a season ago and all-newcomer recognition the year before, and now steps into a leadership role. The Ragin' Cajuns were pretty proficient on the ground last fall, averaging 4.88 yards per carry and rushing for 27 touchdowns.