Joe Moore Award announces semifinalists: 4 SEC offensive lines make the list
The game of college football is often won in the trenches, so it is a good sign for these four SEC teams that their offensive lines are earning some recognition.
The offensive front five for LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky have all been named semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award, given to the top offensive line in the nation.
Behind the Tigers’ line, Joe Burrow and the offense are putting up 556 yards and 47.8 points per game, both good for second in FBS. The Tigers are also racking up 165.70 rushing yards per game while just giving up 2.3 sacks per game. Burrow is second in the FBS with 368.7 passing yards per game and 38 passing touchdowns.
Whether it was Tua Tagovailoa or Mac Jones behind center for the Crimson Tide, the front five for Alabama has kept the quarterback clean, allowing just 11 sacks through 10 games while paving the way for 162.70 rushing yards per game. It might be as important as ever after the injury to Tagovailoa to give Jones time to throw the ball, especially when a matchup against Auburn and its’ stout defensive line coming up next week.
As is usual with a Georgia offense, the Bulldogs have been able to run the ball consistently, putting up 208.40 yards per game on the ground and have kept quarterback Jake Fromm safe this season, allowing a minuscule six sacks in 10 games, trailing only Air Force in that category.
Out of all of them, the performance of Kentucky’s offensive line might be the most impressive due to the hand they were dealt. After both Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith were injured, the Wildcats were forced to play wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. at the quarterback position. They have responded by giving Bowden plenty of room to his thing as the athlete is putting up 200.2 yards of total offense per game in the last five contests.