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Boise State offensive lineman Eric Quevedo (79) works on a pulling assignment during practice on March 20, 2018.

The Idaho Press is counting down the 20 most important players for the Boise State football team in 2019. Next up on our list is No. 12, Eric Quevedo:

Boise State’s offensive line should be a major strength this fall with the return of all five starters from last year, but right guard Eric Quevedo will have a big say as to just how good the group will be.

He started 10 games last season at right guard, but missed three games midway through the year due to injury. He struggled some during the first six games of the season, as the Broncos got off to a slow start running the football and protecting former quarterback Brett Rypien.

Quevedo was injured in a game at Nevada, and missed the next three games. He kept his starting spot when he returned, and was much better during the final four games of the year.

The left side of Boise State’s offensive line is more talented and more experienced as both left tackle Ezra Cleveland and left guard John Molchon should have chances to continue their careers at the next level. Center Garrett Larson also was solid last season as the starter.

The right side wasn’t as strong last year and right tackle Andres Preciado lost his starting spot midway through the season in favor of redshirt freshman John Ojukwu. The group was better late in the season after Quevedo returned from injury and Ojukwu took over.

Quevedo has started 21 games the past two seasons, and the Broncos will need him to continue to progress and improve as a senior this fall. Boise State will have a new quarterback and running back this season, and a strong offensive line would go a long way in helping bring them along.

There’s not much to worry about along the offensive line, but the right side — and Quevedo in particular — will be important factors in the group being as good as many expect them to be this season.

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No. 20: Chase Hatada

No. 19: DeAndre Pierce

No. 18: Octavius Evans

No. 17: John Bates

No. 16: Kekaula Kaniho

No. 15: Joel Velazquez

No. 14: Riley Whimpey

No. 13: Kekoa Nawahine

{span class=”print_trim”}No. 12: Eric Quevedo

B.J Rains has covered Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press since 2013. He is an Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll voter, and also contributes to KBOI-TV as a Boise State insider.

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