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Steelers Could Have Youngest Starting Offensive Line Since 1957

As long as the 2013 projected starting five offensive linemen for the Pittsburgh Steelers can remain healthy over the course of training camp and the preseason, they will be the youngest group to start the season for the team since 1957.

Marcus Gilbert, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro and Mike Adams will all combine to have an average age of just over 24 come Week 1.

The last time the starting five had an average age anywhere close to that number was in 2011, when Pouncey, Jonathan Scott, Chris Kemoeatu, Doug Legursky and Willie Colon averaged just over 26 years of age collectively.

The good news is that all five players that are scheduled to start in 2013 all have starting experience underneath their belt, as even DeCastro was able to start three games late last season after working his way back from a serious knee injury suffered in the preseason. According to my research, DeCastro will be the youngest right guard the Steelers have had start a season at that position since at least 1970.

Collectively, Gilbert, Foster, Pouncey, DeCastro and Adams have started 88 regular season games during their careers with Pouncey contributing 45 of those starts.

To help you reminisce some on this Saturday, I have tabled up the Steelers starters for the first game of every season dating back to 1970 and these are of course sortable. I am looking to fill in as far back as 1966, so feel free to help me out with those missing years if you can.

YEARLTALGACARGARTATOTAVG
1970M.Haggerty24S.Davis26R.Mansfield29B.Van Dyke26J.Brown3113627.2
1971J.Kolb24S.Davis27R.Mansfield30B.Van Dyke27J.Brown3214028
1972J.Kolb25S.Davis28R.Mansfield31B.Van Dyke28G.Mullins2313527
1973J.Kolb26S.Davis29R.Mansfield32B.Van Dyke29G.Hines2914529
1974J.Kolb27S.Davis30R.Mansfield33G.Mullins25G.Gravelle2514028
1975J.Kolb28J.Clack27R.Mansfield34G.Mullins26G.Gravelle2614128.2
1976J.Kolb29J.Clack28R.Mansfield35G.Mullins27G.Gravelle2714629.2
1977R.Pinney23J.Clack29M.Webster25G.Mullins28L.Brown2813326.6
1978J.Kolb31S.Davis34M.Webster26G.Mullins29L.Brown2914929.8
1979J.Kolb32S.Davis35M.Webster27G.Mullins30T.Petersen2414829.6
1980J.Kolb33R.Pinney26M.Webster28S.Courson24L.Brown3114228.4
1981J.Kolb34C.Wolfley23M.Webster29S.Courson25L.Brown3214328.6
1982R.Pinney28C.Wolfley24M.Webster30S.Courson26L.Brown3314128.2
1983T.Petersen28C.Wolfley25M.Webster31S.Courson27L.Brown3414529
1984T.Ilkin26C.Wolfley26M.Webster32B.Wingle24L.Brown3514328.6
1985P.Rostosky24C.Wolfley27M.Webster33T.Long26T.Ilkin2713727.4
1986R.Pinney32R.Rasmussen25D.Turk24T.Long27M.Behning2413226.4
1987C.Wolfley29J.Rienstra24M.Webster35B.Aydelette31T.Long2814729.4
1988C.Wolfley30J.Rienstra25M.Webster36T.Long29T.Ilkin3015030
1989C.Wolfley31T.Ricketts23D.Dawson24B.Blankenship26T.Ilkin3113527
1990J.Jackson25J.Rienstra27D.Dawson25T.Long31T.Ilkin3214028
1991J.Jackson26B.Blankenship28D.Dawson26C.Haselrig25T.Ilkin3313827.6
1992J.Jackson27D.Love29D.Dawson27C.Haselrig26T.Ilkin3414328.6
1993J.Jackson28D.Love30D.Dawson28C.Haselrig27L.Searcy2313627.2
1994J.Jackson29D.Love31D.Dawson29T.Kalis29L.Searcy2414228.4
1995J.Jackson30T.Newberry32D.Dawson30J.Strzelczyk27L.Searcy2514428.8
1996J.Jackson31W.Wolford32D.Dawson31J.Strzelczyk28B.Dafney2714929.8
1997J.Jackson32W.Wolford33D.Dawson32B.Stai25J.Strzelczyk2915130.2
1998W.Wolford34R.Duffy31D.Dawson33B.Stai26J.Strzelczyk3015430.8
1999W.Gandy28A.Faneca22D.Dawson34B.Stai27C.Conrad2413527
2000W.Gandy29A.Faneca23D.Dawson35R.Tylski29M.Smith2213827.6
2001W.Gandy30A.Faneca24J.Hartings29R.Tylski30M.Smith2313627.2
2002W.Gandy31A.Faneca25J.Hartings30O.Ross27M.Smith2413727.4
2003M.Smith25A.Faneca26J.Hartings31K.Simmons24T.Fordham2913527
2004M.Smith26A.Faneca27J.Hartings32K.Vincent26O.Ross2914028
2005M.Smith27A.Faneca28J.Hartings33K.Simmons26M.Starks2313727.4
2006M.Smith28A.Faneca29J.Hartings34K.Simmons27M.Starks2414228.4
2007M.Smith29A.Faneca30S.Mahan27K.Simmons28W.Colon2413827.6
2008M.Smith30C.Kemoeatu25J.Hartwig29K.Simmons29W.Colon2513827.6
2009M.Starks27C.Kemoeatu26J.Hartwig30T.Essex26W.Colon2613527
2010M.Starks28C.Kemoeatu27M.Pouncey21T.Essex27F.Adams3513827.6
2011J.Scott28C.Kemoeatu28M.Pouncey22D.Legursky25W.Colon2813126.2
2012M.Starks30W.Colon29M.Pouncey23R.Foster26M.Gilbert2413226.4
2013M.Gilbert25R.Foster27M.Pouncey24D.DeCastro23M.Adams2312224.4
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