Dr. Robert Anae (That's right, Dr. Anae. He has a PhD in sociology.) played his senior season 30 years ago in 1984. He played in four different Holiday Bowls from 1981-1984 and helped the Cougars to four consecutive WAC Championships as a deep snapper, guard, and center. Notably, BYU went 43-7 while Dr. Anae was in the trenches. As a senior he also won a Championship in 1984 and celebrated his 26th birthday by winning the Holiday Bowl. Now as a coach, Dr. Anae has a reputation for being stubborn with the media from time to time. It's not hard to imagine that he would have been a hard nosed guy to line up against for opposing defenders either.
As a player, Dr. Anae was listed as 6'5" tall and weighed 250 pounds. Contrast that with current BYU offensive lineman De'Ondre Wesley who is a comparable 6'6" and a much larger 330 pounds. Wesley came to Provo last year as a junior, after he finished his first two seasons with Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and started 9 games for the Cougars. He was part of an offensive line that blocked for the #10 rushing offense in the country last season. The o-line will be looking to continue that momentum in the run game this season, as well as improving their pass protection. The post-spring depth chart lists Wesley as a starter at left tackle.