USC has a top-five tackle in the country entering 2023, says PFF
On what could be a talented offensive line, fourth-year tackle Jonah Monheim stands out above the rest.
The Trojans’ right tackle was recently named by Pro Football Focus as the fifth-best returning offensive tackle in the country for the 2023 season. Monheim was one of three Pac-12 offensive tackles to make the list, joined by Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga (No. 9) and Arizona’s Jordan Morgan (No. 10).
Here’s what PFF’s Max Chadwick wrote on Monheim’s game:
Playing on one of the best offensive lines in the country, Monheim was one of four Power Five tackles with 80-plus pass- and run-blocking grades. His 82.0 overall grade was seventh in the Power Five.
Only (Notre Dame’s Joe) Alt was a more valuable tackle in the country this season according to PFF’s wins above-average metric. Monheim totaled the most pass-blocking snaps in the country without allowing a sack or hit (570). While he played right tackle this season, many expect him to kick inside to right guard in 2023. Regardless, he’s still one of the best offensive linemen in college football heading into next year.
This offseason, USC pulled three former starters from the transfer portal — Jarrett Kingston (Washington State), Ethan White (Florida), and Michael Tarquin (Florida). The Trojans also return Justin Dedich, who is expected to slide to center.
Monheim could take over Dedich’s old spot at right guard after the Trojans slid him inside last season when faced with injuries.
Last season, he won the starting right tackle spot heading into the year and managed starts in every game for USC. He’s taken a big step each of his first three seasons in Los Angeles — earning a 58.1 offensive grade as a freshman, a 70.7 grade in 2021, and an 82.0 grade in 2022. Another similar step and USC could have yet another All-American on the offensive line.