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May 23, 2007
The line on the o-line

Question: I had a couple of questions about the offensive line. I was wondering about the situation of Kwame Harris and Justin Smiley. Will they be starting next year or will they even be on the team? Also, will Eric Heitmann stay at center or will he move to one of the guard spots? I think we give Adam Snyder, David Baas and Joe Staley starting spots and let them learn as the season progresses. They would form a young and talented o-line.

Cesar, Arbuckle

Answer: I think the left side of the line is pretty much cast in stone - Jonas Jennings at tackle, Larry Allen at guard and Heitmann at center. Barring injury, that won't change. The question is whether Baas, who hasn't exactly had the coaches' confidence, can uproot Smiley and if Staley can beat out Harris. As far as Snyder, it's hard to say. It seems like he's better than Harris but that the coaching staff wants him available if Jennings goes down.

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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