Ohio State's offensive line is in contention to be named the nation's best as the unit has been named one of 13 semifinalists for this year's Joe Moore Award, given to the nation's most outstanding offensive line unit.
The offensive line has aided the Buckeyes in having both the top scoring offense and total offense in the country, averaging 559.9 yards and 47.2 points per game. The offensive line has allowed just 35 tackles for loss this season, which is tied for seventh-best nationally, and just 13 sacks, good for 13th-best nationally.
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"In an offense that thrives on deep developing play action passes, this unit does an outstanding job of making pass protection physical and sustaining blocks for the duration," the award's selection committee said in a release. "In addition to athleticism, this unit's best trait is the way they see and read defenses through one set of eyes."
"Feel like they can step it up when it matters," The release continues. "Very clear this staff believes in and expects this unit to perform in the ‘Gotta Have It’ situations, and repeatedly display this through the year with empty pro, with multiple runs in a row on GL, and in 4 min at the end of games."
The Joe Moore Award finalists will be named on Tuesday, December 7th. The eventual winner will be recognized in the ensuing weeks during a surprise, on-campus visit to the winning unit’s school.