Iowa Wins 2016 Joe Moore Award As Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit

Iowa Wins 2016 Joe Moore Award As Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit

Strong Finish, Consistent Teamwork Impressed Voters


ATLANTA, Georgia – December 9, 2016— In a presentation at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, The Foundation for Teamwork announced today that the Iowa Hawkeyes offensive line is the winner of the 2016 Joe Moore Award for the Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit in College Football. 

As this year’s recipient of college football’s biggest trophy, Iowa was selected by a voting committee comprised solely of people who played or coached the offensive line position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches and colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. Game film is reviewed on a weekly basis throughout the season and is the only evaluation tool used to determine the winner. The Hawkeyes, also a finalist in 2015, were selected over fellow finalists Alabama and Ohio State.

“The voting was intensely close this year and Iowa and Alabama were neck and neck until the very end of the voting period,” said Aaron Taylor, CBS Sports CFB Analyst and Chairman of the Joe Moore Award Voting Committee. “Ultimately, while the other units may have had a few standout individual players, many of the voters felt that Iowa personified the fundamental principle that drives this award: Teamwork. Each of these units proved that the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts when it comes to O-Line play, but Iowa really excelled in that this season.”

The Iowa Offensive Line Team Notes

  • Overcoming many early season injuries, (they only started the same OL in back to back game twice this season, 8 different OL units started, no O-lineman started every game this year) the Hawkeye O-line unit steadily improved all season and was noted on film for its teamwork and technique. 
  • Iowa finished the season in superb manner with a three game winning streak, capped off by a 40-10 win over Nebraska that included an eight-minute, fourth quarter touchdown drive on which they ran the ball on all 13 plays.
  • The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in Red Zone offense, having scored on 36 of 39 possessions (92.31%), and a league leading TD conversion rate of 72%.
  • Iowa and Alabama also finished 1-2, in reverse order, in last year’s voting.

Offensive Line Coach:  Brian Ferentz
Head Coach:  Kirk Ferentz

The actual Joe Moore Award trophy, crafted by legendary sports sculptor Jerry McKenna, is the largest trophy in college football and weighs more than 350 pounds. It will be made available to Iowa to display on their campus until the 2017 winner is announced.


About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook.

Joe Moore Award Announces 2016 Finalists

Joe Moore Award Announces 2016 Finalists

Alabama, Iowa, Ohio State


NEW YORK, New York – November 29, 2016 — The Foundation for Teamwork announced today three Finalists for the 2016 Joe Moore Award, given to the top offensive line unit in college football. The Finalists are Alabama, Iowa, and Ohio State.

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit. The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays Toughness, Effort, Teamwork, Consistency, Technique, and “Finishing”.

“Good offensive line units are unique in that, intrinsically, the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts,” said Aaron Taylor, Chairman of the Joe Moore Award Voting Committee. “This year has made for an interesting process for the committee in that even the best O-lines struggled at times, but its been fun to watch so many of these talented and proud groups grind it out until the very end.”

The process of determining the Finalists is not an easy one. Since September, the experts on the award sub-committee have worked tirelessly to track O-line units nationwide by watching film, participating in weekly conference calls, and reaching out to both offensive and defensive coaches in all FBS conferences. In that process, the award sub-committee has also recognized several O-lines for their particularly noteworthy performances in individual areas of criteria. Western Michigan, for instance, stood out for their Consistency as they continue the greatest year in the program’s history. Utah was recognized for its Toughness and Physicality, while the sub-committee members praised Michigan for their Effort and Strain and Wisconsin for its Teamwork.

“In a year dominated by so many great defensive units, offensive lines really had their work cut out for them and the effort was outstanding,” said Bill Fralic, a three-time All-American offensive lineman and member of the College Football Hall of Fame. “Ultimately, we were drawn to the units that competed every week, battled through adversity and stepped it up big when their teams needed them most.”

Voting for the final Joe Moore Award Winning Unit will begin this afternoon and be completed by midnight on Tuesday, December 6th. The voting requires review of actual game film from each of the Finalists and will be conducted solely by people who played or coached the offensive line position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level, as well as former players, coaches and colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. 

The winner will be announced on Friday, December 9th at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA. That unit will be the recipient of the largest trophy in college football history. The actual trophy, crafted by legendary sports sculptor Jerry McKenna, weighs more than 500 pounds and is five feet wide by six and half feet tall.


The following O-lines earned a spot as Finalist, in alphabetical order (overall record):

Alabama (12-0)

  • On film, the Crimson Tide O-line unit was especially noticed for their physicality at the point of attack, led by two of the best tackles in the country in Junior LT Cam Robinson and true Freshman RT Jonah Williams.
  • Alabama leads the SEC in scoring offense averaging 39.4 points per game and 2nd in total offense, averaging 479.6 yards per game.
  • The Crimson Tide is 2nd in the conference in both rushing offense (245.92 yards per game) and in yards rushing per attempt (5.71).
  • Their physicality often leads to big plays, as Alabama leads the SEC with 33 rushing plays of 20 yards or more.
  • The 2015 Alabama O-line unit was the recipient of last season’s Joe Moore Award.

Offensive Line Coaches: Brent Key, Mario Cristobal
Head Coach:  Nick Saban


Iowa (8-4)

  • Overcoming many early season injuries, the Hawkeye O-line unit steadily improved all season and was noted on film for its teamwork and technique. 
  • Iowa finished the season in superb manner with a three game winning streak, capped off by a 40-10 win over Nebraska that included an eight-minute, fourth quarter touchdown drive on which they ran the ball on all 13 plays.
  • The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in Red Zone offense, having scored on 36 of 39 possessions (92.31%), and a league leading TD conversion rate of 72%.
  • Despite facing run-stop defenses that average more than seven men in the box, Iowa is averaging 4.48 yards per carry and more than two yards before contact.
  • Head Coach Kirk Ferentz was assistant offensive line coach under Joe Moore at Pittsburgh in 1980.

Offensive Line Coach:  Brian Ferentz
Head Coach:  Kirk Ferentz


Ohio State (11-1)

  • Film review shows that the Buckeye O-line unit features a combination of athleticism and toughness that has separated them from most other units.
  • While consistency has been a challenge at times, this unit has stuck together and found ways to excel in both critical and late-game situations when the team needed them to make plays, such as the overtime period in Ohio State’s 30-27 win over Michigan.
  • The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring and in total offense, averaging 42.7 points and 479.5 total yards per game, more than 60 yards per game more than the 2nd ranked Michigan offense.
  • They lead the Big Ten in rushing offense, averaging 258.33 yards per game and 5.54 yards per carry, gaining nearly four yards before contact.
  • Ohio State also leads the conference in long rushing plays, with 98 plays of 10 yards or more.

Offensive Line Coach:  Greg Studrawa
Head Coach:  Urban Meyer


About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook.

Joe Moore Award Announces 2016 Semi-Finalists

Joe Moore Award Announces 2016 Semi-Finalists

Eighteen Units Earn Honor Through Tough, Physical Play


NEW YORK, New York – November 22, 2016— The Foundation for Teamwork announced today 18 Semi-Finalists for the 2016 Joe Moore Award, given to the top offensive line unit in college football.

For games played through November 19, the 2016 Joe Moore Award Semi-Finalists have a combined record of 152-45 and represent seven conferences: PAC-12 (4), SEC (4), BIG TEN (4), BIG-12 (2), Mountain West (2), ACC (1), MAC (1). Combined, these teams average 457.63 total yards per game (compared to national average of 419.08) and 225.27 rushing yards per game (national average 183.95).

The following O-lines earned a spot as Semi-Finalists, in alphabetical order (overall record):

Alabama (11-0)
Auburn (8-3)
Boise State (10-1)
Iowa (7-4)
Kentucky (6-5)
LSU (6-4)
Michigan (10-1)
Ohio State (10-1)
Oklahoma (9-2)
Pittsburgh (7-4)
San Diego State (9-2)
Texas (5-6)
USC (8-3)
Utah (8-3)
Washington (10-1)
Washington State (8-3)
Western Michigan (11-0)
Wisconsin (9-2)

“None of the units on our Semi-Finalist list have been perfect this year and, as a whole, offensive line play is not at the level we saw last year,” said Aaron Taylor, CBS CFB Analyst and Chairman of the Joe Moore Award Voting Committee.  “But each unit on our list has steadily improved over the course of the season and our eventual winner will be among those that finish strong over the next few weeks.”
“This is the time of the year that the great offensive lines have to shine,” said Gerry Dinardo, a college football analyst for the Big Ten Network and member of the JMA Voting Committee. “We saw that with Michigan State in last year’s Big Ten Championship game and I expect we will see something like that in this week’s big Michigan-Ohio State game – it should be an epic battle in the trenches.”

The Joe Moore Award finalists will be named on Tuesday, November 29th and the winner will be announced at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Friday, December 9.

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, consistency, technique, and “finishing”. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media.

 

Joe Moore Award Semi-Finalists*:


*The Joe Moore Award units are judged solely on six (6) criteria: toughness, effort, teamwork, consistency, technique, and “finishing”. Evaluations are made primarily through review of actual game film and, as there are no current statistics that support the award criteria directly, statistics are provided merely as a point of reference.

Alabama (11-0)

  • Alabama leads the SEC in scoring offense averaging 40.3 points per game and 2nd in total offense, averaging 477.6 yards per game.
  • The Crimson Tide are 2nd in the conference in both rushing offense (249.82 yards per game) and in yards rushing per attempt (5.81).
  • With freshman QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama leads the SEC in passing efficiency with a rating of 150.99.

Auburn (8-3)

  • The Tigers lead the SEC and are 5th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 297.8 yards per game.
  • On 3rd and short situations, Auburn is averaging 6.61 yards per carry and have put games away by averaging more than six yards per carry when leading by eight points or more.
  • In their 4-0 stretch in October, the Tigers averaged 372 rushing yards per game with 18 rushing TDs.

Boise State (10-1)

  • Boise State leads the Mountain West in total offense, averaging 487.1 yards per game and more than seven yards per play.
  • The Broncos lead the conference in passing offense, averaging 296.1 yards per game, with an efficiency rating of 170.03.
  • They have allowed only 15 sacks this season, a sack percentage of only 4.36%.

Iowa (7-4)

  • The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in Red Zone offense, having scored on 32 of 35 possessions (91.43%), including 24 touchdowns.
  • Despite facing run-stop defenses that average 7.6 men in the box, Iowa is averaging 4.35 yards per carry and 2.4 yards before contact.
  • Head Coach Kirk Ferentz was assistant offensive line coach under Joe Moore at Pittsburgh in 1980.

Kentucky (6-5)

  • In their wins this year, the Wildcats are averaging 37.2 points and 295.83 rushing yards per game.
  • Overall, Kentucky ranks 3rd in the SEC in rushing, averaging 242.36 yards per game.
  • They average 5.54 yards per rush, with 3.7 yards coming before contact.
  • In tough 3rd and short situations, Kentucky is averaging 7.07 yards per rushing attempt and has converted 20 of 27 tries into first downs.

LSU (6-4)

  • This season, LSU faced run-stop defenses that averaged 7.7 men in the box, yet Tiger runners averaged 4.2 yards before contact.
  • Those big holes resulted in explosive plays on 10% of all rushing plays and 26 rushing plays of 20 yards or more.
  • The Tigers led the SEC in averaging 6.24 yards per rushing attempt, led by RB Derrius Guice who led the conference averaging 8.03 yards per carry.

Michigan (10-1)

  • The Wolverines are 2nd in the Big Ten in rushing offense, averaging 235.27 yards per game 5.23 yards per carry.
  • Against defenses stacked to stop the run, Michigan running backs are averaging 3.3 yards before contact.
  • The Michigan O-line unit has given up 16 sacks through 11 games for an efficient passing game that is 2nd in the Big Ten in passer rating (145.78).

Ohio State (10-1)

  • The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring and in total offense, averaging 43.8 points and 493.1 total yards per game.
  • They lead the Big Ten in rushing offense, averaging 263.09 yards per game and 5.67 yards per carry, gaining an average of 3.7 yards before contact.
  • Ohio State also leads the conference in passing efficiency (148.63) and touchdown passes (26).

Oklahoma (9-2)

  • Oklahoma leads the Big 12 and is 3rd in the nation in scoring, averaging 45.3 points per game.
  • The Sooners’ QB Baker Mayfield leads the nation in passing efficiency (194.70) and he leads the Big 12 averaging 10.9 yards per passing attempt.
  • On the ground, Oklahoma is averaging 228.09 yards per game and is 2nd in the SEC in average yards per rushing attempt (5.25)

Pittsburgh (7-4)

  • The Panthers are 3rd in the nation and lead the ACC conference in fewest sacks allowed, yielding only nine sacks for a total of 57 yards through 11 games.
  • Pitt is 2nd in the conference in scoring offense, averaging 39.3 points per game, and is averaging 50 points per game in their last three games.
  • In the Red Zone, Pitt leads the nation in touchdown percentage, having scored TDs on 43 of 47 tries (80.85%).

San Diego State (9-2)

  • Defenses have loaded the box to stop the Aztecs’ running game, yet they are 7th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 283.36 yards per game.
  • Despite facing an average of 7.8 defensive players in the box, SDSU runners are gaining 4.7 yards before contact and 6.15 yards per rush overall.
  • In their last three games, they are averaging more than eight yards per rushing attempt.

Texas (5-6)

  • The Longhorns lead the Big 12 in total rushing yards, with 2,682 through 11 games, and are 2nd in the conference in rushing yards per game (243.8).
  • Despite running the ball more than 50 times per game, rushing plays are “stuffed” on only 8% of rushing attempts.
  • Texas runners are averaging 2.9 yards before contact and lead the Big 12 with 11 rushes of 30 yards or more. 

USC (8-3)

  • The Trojans lead the Pac-12 in fewest sacks allowed, having given up only 11 through 11 games this season.
  • USC is 5th in the nation in sack percentage, allowing their QB to be sacked only 2.82% of drop backs.
  • On the ground, the Trojans are averaging 8.41 yards per carry on 3rd and short situations and they have made first down on 22 of 29 tries.

Utah (8-3)

  • The Utes’ balanced offense leads the Pac-12 in time of possession, holding the ball for 33:59 per game.
  • Utah is 2nd in the conference in rushing offense, averaging 213.36 yards per game.
  • While they average nearly five yards per carry, Utah running backs are gaining an average of 3.2 yards before contact.

Western Michigan (11-0)

  • The Broncos are 2nd in the MAC in scoring offense (43.8) and scoring defense (17.7), winning their games by an average of 26.1 points.
  • They lead the conference and are 14th in the nation in rushing offense (247.09) and are second in the conference in total offense, averaging 509.8 yards per game.
  • The lead the MAC in time of possession, holding the ball for 33:34 per game and lead the nation in 3rd down conversions, making first down on 56.08% of those attempts.
  • The O-line unit has only given up 12 sacks through 11 games and yields an average of only 3.91 tackles for loss per game, which ranks 5th in the nation.

Washington (10-1)

  • The Huskies big play offense leads the Pac-12 in yards per play, averaging 7.31 this season.
  • In pass protection, the O-line unit has helped earn QB Jake Browning Heisman consideration, as he leads the Pac-12 in QB rating (180.72) and has thrown 37 TD passes, with only 7 interceptions.
  • The Huskies lead the Pac-12 in rushing yards per carry (5.59), including 3.6 yards before contact.
  • Washington is 4th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 44.7 points per game, and they lead the Pac-12 in Red Zone scoring, putting points on the board 93.62% of the time they go there.

Washington State (8-3)

  • WSU leads the Pac-12 in passing offense, averaging 380 yards per game and 2nd in total offense averaging 512.5 yards per game.
  • They lead the conference (tied with USC) in fewest tackles allowed for loss, yielding only 4.64 per game.
  • Despite a pass-heavy offense, the Cougars O-line unit has given up a sack only 4.13% of passing plays, third best in the conference.

Wisconsin (9-2)

  • The Badgers’ disciplined, ball-control offense leads the nation in time of possession, holding the ball for an average of 35:24 per game.
  • They are 3rd in the Big Ten in rushing offense, averaging 200.73 yards per game, and have averaged 258 yards rushing in their last three games.
  • The Wisconsin O-line unit has allowed 19 sacks through 11 games and the team is 2nd in the nation with the fewest penalties per game (3.27).


About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook.

Semi-Finalist Date Set, O-Lines Vie For Spots On This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Semi-Finalist Date Set, O-Lines Vie For Spots On This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Games feature Ohio State @ Michigan State, Virginia Tech @ Notre Dame and Indiana @ Michigan.


NEW YORK, New York – November 17, 2016— In its continuing effort to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football, the Joe Moore Award will feature games on a weekly basis that feature O-Line units that have shown potential to win the award in the Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”. The list for Week Twelve features Ohio State @ Michigan State, Virginia Tech @ Notre Dame and Indiana @ Michigan.

Semi-Finalists for the Joe Moore Award will be announced on November 22, with five (5) Finalists determined by the week of December 5. The Joe Moore Award winning unit will be announced after the conclusion of the regular season.

This week’s “Power Breakdown” will feature the Big Ten matchup of Ohio State/Michigan State, with in-depth analysis provided by the team at The Scouting Academy, an online-based instructional curriculum whose instructors bring over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience. 

 

WEEK 12 “BIG UGLY SPOTLIGHT” LIST FOR GAMES ON NOVEMBER 19 (CFP Rankings)


“POWER BREAKDOWN” – OHIO STATE (#2) @ MICHIGAN STATE – NOON ET on ESPN

After their lopsided win over Maryland and Michigan’s loss to Iowa, the Buckeyes seem headed for an epic showdown against the Wolverines in the regular season finale, not only for a trip to the conference championship, but also for an invitation to the playoffs. The Ohio State O-line has played a major role in their success and will need to continue that stellar play in the final weeks. Michigan State, meanwhile, has had a disappointing season by their standards, but they rebounded nicely last week against Rutgers and Head Coach Mark Dantonio will be looking to finish the year strong. O-line coach Mark Staten will have his unit ready to play and focused on improving every week.

Ohio State Buckeyes Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

OSU O-LINE vs. MSU DEFENSE BREAKDOWN:

The entire O-line unit has started in every game this season and will face a Spartan defense that might be missing star Malik McDowell (ankle). The Buckeyes use a Shotgun Spread zone-based run scheme and will typically use 11 (1 TE, 1 RB) personnel with various alignments (including Empty Backfield). Most runs use some type of read for the QB, involving either a more standard Inside Zone run by the RB or an Inverted Veer. The size and athleticism of the Ohio State O-line unit will be overwhelming against many DL groups. They do have some trouble dealing with slants (especially on Run plays) on the interior. Pass protection is generally just five players and they handle 4-man rushes very well, but they will keep a RB or TE in when setting up deep play action or when facing heavy pressure. At times, they can have communication breakdowns that may be expected with a line featuring three 1st-year starters.

Ohio State Buckeyes Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Buckeyes are 1st in the Big Ten and 4th in the nation in fewest tackles allowed for loss and are 3rd in the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed.
  • They lead the Big Ten and are 2nd in the nation in scoring, averaging 46.5 points per game.
  • They lead the Big Ten in total offense, averaging 511.4 yards per game and 6.5 yards per play and they lead the conference in rushing offense, averaging 267 yards per game.
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten in 3rd down conversions (52.63%) and have been especially good at 3rd and short situations, where the average 6.93 yards per rushing play and have converted 34 of 40 attempts on the ground.

Michigan State Spartans Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

MSU O-LINE vs. OSU DEFENSE BREAKDOWN:

This match-up features two perennial trench powerhouses who are going through “building” years, so to speak. Three out of Ohio State’s top five contributors on the defensive line are freshman or first-year starters. The same is the case for Michigan State’s O-line unit. While Michigan State can capitalize on Ohio State’s interior players’ inadequate eye level/gap control in the run game to create big runs, the Ohio State DL is more than capable of wining this match up. They have more strength, better hand usage and more speed on the edges; #59 Tyquan Lewis is the best player in this entire match-up and will present a great challenge for the Spartans #79 T Kodi Kieler or #70 G Tyler Higby due to his hand usage, explosiveness and speed. Michigan State will need to be patient and rely on the power run game; #65 G Brian Allen may not be very strong, but he is tough and is very technically sound (especially with his hands). This could give him an advantage over Ohio State’s interior players on the DL. With patience, it is possible that MSU’s good collection of running backs can find a seam and generate some explosive plays.

Michigan State Spartans Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Spartans are averaging 5.83 yards per offensive play and 406.3 yards per game.
  • In their 49-0 win over Rutgers last week, Michigan State ran for 277 yards and held the ball for 35:37. They did not allow a sack and allowed only three tackles for loss.
  • RG #65 Brian Allen, an undersized, but tough, disciplined technician who was named to the 2016 Outland and Rimington Trophy Watch Lists.

VIRGINIA TECH @ NOTRE DAME – 3:30pm ET on NBC

Virginia Tech Hokies Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Tied with North Carolina atop the Coastal Division, Virginia Tech can advance to with a win against Virginia in next week’s final game, so coaches will be trying to avoid their players looking past a determined Notre Dame team.
  • The Hokies come into this game ranked 5th in the high-powered ACC conference in total offense, averaging 443.7 yards and 186.1 rushing yards per game.
  • In their seven wins this season, they are averaging 39 points per game and have won those games by an average of 23.9 points per game.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • A season that started with high hopes now leaves the Irish needing to win their final two games – against two ranked teams – in order to finish 6-6 and become bowl eligible.
  • They have been forced to rotate several players through the O-line, especially at right guard, so OL coach Harry Hiestand has not had the consistency and reliability he is used to.
  • All that said, the Irish are averaging more than six yards per play and rank 25th in the nation in fewest tackles allowed for loss (4.9 per game).
  • In last week’s 44-6 win over Army, the Notre Dame O-line unit dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing zero sacks and only three tackles for loss. More impressively, Irish RBs averaged four yards per carry before contact.

INDIANA @ MICHIGAN (#3) – 3:30PM ET on ESPN

Indiana Hoosiers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Hoosiers are 3rd in the Big Ten in total offense, averaging 467.3 yards per game and more than six yards per play.
  • Indiana is 2nd in the Big Ten in passing offense, averaging 302.7 yards per game through the air and 8.3 yards per passing attempt.
  • Behind the Indiana O-line unit, junior QB Richard Lagow has been accurate, completing 61% of his passes, but an otherwise stellar season has been marred by 13 interceptions.
  • While they tend to rely on the pass, the Hoosiers get tough yards when they need them, averaging 4.87 yards per carry on third and short situations, with 19 first downs in 31 tries.
  • In their five wins this season, the Hoosiers are averaging 230 yards rushing and 32.6 points per game.

Michigan Wolverines Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Michigan’s balanced offense ranks 2nd in the Big Ten in passing efficiency (149.83) and 2nd in the conference in rushing offense, averaging 236.3 yards rushing per game.
  • The Wolverines are 2nd in the Big Ten and 6th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 44.5 points per game, and they are 2nd in the conference in total yards per game (467.8).
  • The O-line unit has given up only 14 sacks through ten games, allowing QB Wilton Speight to rank 3rd in the Big Ten in quarterback rating (148.88).
  • The Wolverines lead the nation in rushing touchdowns (37) and average nearly six yards per carry when they are leading by eight points or more.

About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at 

 

About the Scouting Academy

The Scouting Academy is an online-based instructional curriculum designed to better educate students in the player evaluation process of National Football League teams. Established by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, and taught by instructors with over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience, The Academy establishes a new standard in education for students seeking to enter the NFL in a player personnel capacity. By utilizing an online platform, The Scouting Academy offers a 16-week comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop at their own pace.

O-Lines Hope To Make Their Mark In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

O-Lines Hope To Make Their Mark In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Games feature LSU @ Arkansas, USC @ Washington, Michigan @ Iowa, Penn St. @ Indiana and Cal @ Washington St.


NEW YORK, New York – November 9, 2016— In its continuing effort to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football, the Joe Moore Award will feature games on a weekly basis that feature O-Line units that have shown potential to win the award in the Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”. The list for Week Eleven features LSU @ Arkansas, USC @ Washington, Michigan @ Iowa, Penn State @ Indiana and Cal @ Washington St.

This week’s “Power Breakdown” will feature the SEC matchup of LSU/Arkansas, with in-depth analysis provided by the team at The Scouting Academy, an online-based instructional curriculum whose instructors bring over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience. 

 

WEEK 11 “BIG UGLY SPOTLIGHT” LIST FOR GAMES ON NOVEMBER 12


“POWER BREAKDOWN” – LSU (#19) @ ARKANSAS – 7:00pm ET on ESPN

After an impressive 3-game winning streak in which the Tigers averaged more than 40 points per game, LSU ran into the Alabama buzz saw and were shut out last weekend, so they’ll be motivated to right the ship. Meanwhile, Arkansas comes off an impressive win over Florida in which they blew out the Gators in all phases of the game, especially on offense where they racked up 31 points and 466 total yards.

LSU Tigers Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

LSU O-LINE vs. ARKANSAS DEFENSE BREAKDOWN:

The overall match-up will rely heavily on the Arkansas’ ability to contain Leonard Fournette and the Tiger’s Mid-Zone Scheme. LSU needs to balance their Mid-Zone Scheme with their Power Scheme, incorporating their Play Action Passing Game to keep the Hogs Defensive Line unsteady and guessing. The Razorbacks must use their good ability to get off the ball quickly to disrupt LSU’s Zone scheme and force them into being predictable throughout the game. If Arkansas can do this, they have the opportunity to beat LSU at Razorback Stadium. The key match-up to watch will be how DE #48 Deatrich Wise Jr. performs against both LT #63 K.J. Malone and RT #66 Toby Weathersby on the edge. We will also be watching to see how true FR #3 DT McTelvin Agim fairs against veteran SR C #77 Ethan Pocic in the interior of the line.

LSU Tigers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Tigers will have to bounce back after the Alabama game, in which they gained a total of 125 yards and yielded five sacks. 
  • Prior to the Alabama game, the Tigers enjoyed a 3-game winning streak in which they averaged 304 yards rushing per game and an SEC-best 8.14 yards per carry during that stretch.
  • Even after the ‘Bama game, the Tigers’ offense is 2nd in the SEC in yards per play (6.51) and has 8 big plays of 50 yards or more.
  • In critical 3rd and short situation, the Tigers are averaging 6.28 yards per carry and have gained first downs on 13 of 18 tries.

Arkansas Razorbacks Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

ARKANSAS O-LINE vs. LSU DEFENSE BREAKDOWN:

Arkansas has struggled protecting QB Austin Allen against top SEC competition (Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn) this season, and LSU’s quality defensive line group will certainly present a similar challenge to the Razorbacks. As such, it will be imperative that Arkansas find success running the ball to stay in manageable down-and-distance situations, as obvious passing situations will clearly favor LSU, specifically OLB Arden Key, who has consistently provided edge pressure for the Tigers. Expect Arkansas to provide RB or TE help to RT Brian Wallace in keeping Key from getting to Allen early and often.

Arkansas Razorbacks Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • In their win over Florida, the Razorbacks dominated time of possession (39:21), while averaging 4.6 yards per carry and yielding only one sack.
  • Arkansas leads the nation in time of possession, controlling the ball for an average of 35:45 per game.
  • They are 2nd in the SEC in passing efficiency rating (147.09) and 3rd in total passing offense, averaging 254.9 yards passing per game.
  • Against LSU, Arkansas will attempt to gain more than 200 yards rushing for the second game in a row, something they have not done all season.

USC @ WASHINGTON (#4) – 7:30pm ET on FOX

USC Trojans Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • With their balanced offensive attack, the Trojans rank 2nd in the Pac-12 in yards per play, averaging 6.61.
  • The steadily improving USC offensive line unit has only given up nine sacks this season, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks 8th in the nation.
  • Their 2.83% sack percentage this season ranks 6th in the nation and best in the Pac-12.
  • The Trojans O-line also leads the Pac-12 in fewest tackles allowed for loss, yielding only 41 through nine games.
  • On the ground, USC ranks 2nd in the Pac-12 in yards per rush, averaging 5.61 yards per carry this season.
  • In their 45-20 win over Oregon last week, the Trojans gained 579 total yards, held the ball for 34:51, averaged 6.8 yards per rush and gave up no sacks.

Washington Huskies Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • As they march toward a playoff berth, the Huskies big play offense is 3rd in the nation in yards per play, averaging 7.68 this season.
  • In pass protection, the O-line unit has helped earn QB Jake Browning Heisman consideration, as he leads the nation in QB rating (202.79) and has thrown 34 TD passes, with only 3 interceptions.
  • The Huskies lead the Pac-12 in rushing offense, averaging 231 yards rushing per game and nearly six yards per carry.
  • Washington is 2nd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 48.3 points per game, and they lead the Pac-12 in Red Zone scoring, putting points on the board 95% of the time they go there.
  • The Huskie’s big play offense has delivered 36 plays of 30 yards or more, which also leads the Pac-12.

MICHIGAN (#2) @ IOWA – 8PM ET on ABC

Michigan Wolverines Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Michigan’s balanced offense ranks 1st in the Big Ten in passing efficiency (158.24) and 2nd in the conference in rushing offense, averaging 251.76 yards rushing per game.
  • The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in scoring offense, averaging 48 points per game, and they are 2nd in the conference in total yards per game (497.4).
  • The O-line unit has given up only 12 sacks through nine games, allowing QB Wilton Speight to lead the Big Ten in quarterback rating (157.98).
  • In last week’s dominating 59-3 win over Maryland, the Wolverines racked up 660 yards on offense, while averaging 7.0 yards per rushing attempt and yielding only one sack.

Iowa Hawkeyes Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in red zone offense, having scored on 27 of 29 possessions (93.1%), including 21 touchdowns.
  • They lead the Big Ten in 4th down conversions, having made first downs on six of their eight attempts.
  • Iowa has done a great job taking care of the ball, leading the Big Ten (tied with Michigan) with only 6 turnovers.
  • Head Coach Kirk Ferentz was assistant offensive line coach under Joe Moore at Pittsburgh in 1980.

PENN STATE (#12) @ INDIANA – NOON ET on ABC/ESPN2

Penn State Nittany Lions Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Penn State is 3rd in the Big Ten in scoring offense, averaging 34.4 points per game, and they are averaging more than 38 points per game during their current 5-game winning streak.
  • The O-line unit is setting the stage for big passing plays, as Penn State leads the Big Ten in passing yards per completion (15.44).
  • In their blowout 41-14 win over Iowa last week, the Nittany Lions rushed for 359 yards and threw for 240 yards, while giving up only one sack to the Hawkeyes.
  • In their last two games, the hot Penn State offense is averaging 555 yards per game, 8.33 yards per play and 51.5 points per game.

Indiana Hoosiers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Hoosiers are 3rd in the Big Ten in total offense, averaging 468.8 yards per game and more than six yards per play.
  • Indiana is 2nd in the Big Ten in passing offense, averaging 298.1 yards per game through the air and more than eight yards per passing attempt.
  • In their 33-27 win over Rutgers last week, the Hoosiers gained 567 yards of total offense, including 420 yards passing.
  • While they tend to rely on the pass, the Hoosiers get tough yards when they need them, averaging 4.87 yards per carry on third and short situations, with 19 first downs in 31 tries.

CALIFORNIA @ WASHINGTON STATE (#23) – 10:30PM ET on ESPN

California Golden Bears Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • With their fast-paced scheme, California leads the Pac-12 in total offense, averaging 517.1 yards per game. 
  • Led by QB David Webb, the Bears passing attack is 2nd in the Pac-12 in passing offense, averaging 354.1 yards per game.
  • Despite leading the Pac-12 in passing attempts, the Bears O-line unit is ranked 2nd in the conference in fewest sacks allowed, giving up only 15 through 9 games.
  • Their 3.34% sack percentage this season ranks 12th in the nation.
  • On third and short rushing situations, the Bears have converted 14 of 22 of those into first downs and are averaging 6.73 yards per rush.

Washington State Cougars Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The cougars are in the midst of a 7-game winning streak and are keeping pace with Washington at the top of the Pac-12 North Division. 
  • The pass-heavy Cougar offense and QB Luke Falk lead the Pac-12 and are 2nd in the nation in passing offense, averaging 383.9 yards per game through the air.
  • They are 2nd in the Pac-12 in scoring offense, averaging 43 points per game.
  • In their 69-7 crushing defeat of Arizona last week, the O-line unit allowed zero sacks, allowing QB Falk to connect on 32 of 35 attempts for four touchdowns.

About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at 

 

About the Scouting Academy

The Scouting Academy is an online-based instructional curriculum designed to better educate students in the player evaluation process of National Football League teams. Established by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, and taught by instructors with over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience, The Academy establishes a new standard in education for students seeking to enter the NFL in a player personnel capacity. By utilizing an online platform, The Scouting Academy offers a 16-week comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop at their own pace.

Major Conference Implications In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Major Conference Implications In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

 

Games feature Alabama @ LSU, Western Michigan @ Ball State, Nebraska @ Ohio Sate, Iowa @ Penn State and Florida @ Arkansas


NEW YORK, New York – November 1, 2016— In its continuing effort to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football, the Joe Moore Award will feature games on a weekly basis that feature O-Line units that have shown potential to win the award in the Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”. The list for Week Ten features Alabama @ LSU, Western Michigan @ Ball State, Nebraska @ Ohio Sate, Iowa @ Penn State and Florida @ Arkansas.

This week’s “Power Breakdown” will feature the SEC matchup of Alabama/LSU, with in-depth analysis provided by the team at The Scouting Academy, an online-based instructional curriculum whose instructors bring over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience.

WEEK 10 “BIG UGLY SPOTLIGHT” LIST FOR GAMES ON NOVEMBER 1, NOVEMBER 5

“POWER BREAKDOWN” – ALABAMA (#1) @LSU (#19) – 11/5 at 8:00pm ET on CBS

The Crimson Tide continue to roll, as they have been fixed at #1 in the polls and received all but one of the first place votes in this week’s AP Poll. Meanwhile, LSU has turned their season around and has moved up to 15th in the AP rankings on the heels of an impressive 3-game winning streak. A Tiger upset in this game could make the home stretch of the remaining SEC regular season very intriguing.


Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

ALABAMA O-LINE vs. LSU DEFENSE BREAKDOWN:

Alabama’s very good offensive line has been the key to their success all season, but they face perhaps their toughest test when they visit Baton Rouge to take on LSU, as the Tigers defensive front has the size, strength, and athleticism to challenge the Crimson Tide, especially inside. Tiger DC Dave Aranda has brought his innovative style and the combination of his scheme and LSU’s talent have begun to pay dividends in recent weeks, as his defense has not allowed the opposition to score in the 2nd half of their past two games. Where the Crimson Tide have had a big advantage over their opponents is in the play of their tackles, where junior LT Cam Robinson and freshman RT Jonah Williams have improved each week of the season in both the run game and as pass blockers. LSU OLB Arden Key has been the Tiger’s most productive pass rusher this season and they rely upon him to provide pressure from the edge. His matchup versus Robinson will be one to watch throughout the game.

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Alabama leads the SEC and is 8th in the nation in scoring, averaging 43.9 point per game.
  • They are 2nd in the conference and 11th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 264.8 yards per game and nearly six yards per carry.
  • The O-line unit is helping the Tide put games away, as they average 5.62 yards per carry when the team is leading by 15 points or more.
  • They also step up their game against the best competition, averaging 284.83 yards rushing per game against FBS Power 5 teams.
  • The Tide O-line has done a good job protecting true freshman QB Jalen Hurts, who is ranked 4th in the SEC in passing efficiency and also 15th in the conference in yards rushing (521).

LSU Tigers Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

LSU O-LINE vs. ALABAMA DEFENSE BREAKDOWN:

The O-line unit of LSU will have their work cut out for them this week against a tough Alabama front seven. The match-up will depend on whether LSU can consistently match Alabama’s competitive toughness and play strength for all four quarters with the 8-man rotation that the Crimson Tide use on the defensive line. The Tigers have to establish Leonard Fournette in their Mid Zone Scheme with well-timed play action passes to keep the sticks moving and wear the D-line down, a tough task no one has accomplished to date. If they can do that, they have a good chance to beat Alabama at home in Tiger Stadium. The key match-ups to watch will be how #56 Tim Williams does against both LT #63 K.J. Malone and RT #66 Toby Weathersby, who is coming back from a high ankle sprain. Also watch how C #77 Ethan Pocic and the interior of the LSU O-line unit holds up against the force of DE #93 Jonathan Allen, NT #94 Da’Ron Payne, and DE #54 Dalvin Tomlinson.

LSU Tigers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • During their 3-game winning streak, the Tigers are averaging 304 yards rushing per game, averaging an SEC-best 8.14 yards per carry during that stretch.
  • The O-line steps up when they are needed most, as LSU averages 7.07 yards per rush on 3rd down and short situations and they are 4th n the SEC in 3rd down conversions (43.21%).
  • The Tigers have broken a school offensive record in all of the last three games, including most rushing yards in a game last week when Leonard Fournette ran for 284 yards.
  • The Tigers’ powerful offense leads the SEC in yards per play (7.00) and has 8 big plays of 50 yards or more.
  • The Tiger O-line unit has given up only 11 sacks through seven games.

WESTERN MICHIGAN (#17) @ BALL STATE – TUESDAY, 11/1 at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2

As one of the five remaining unbeaten FBS teams, this special spotlight will focus on Western Michigan, whose offense and O-line unit have earned special notice from the Joe Moore Award voting committee. Currently ranked 17th, this is the first year in school history the team has been ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll.

Western Michigan Broncos Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Broncos lead the MAC in both scoring offense (44.4) and scoring defense (19.3), winning their games by an average of 25.1 points.
  • They lead the conference and are 12th in the nation in rushing offense (252.8) and are second in the conference in total offense, averaging 502.1 yards per game.
  • The lead the MAC in time of possession, holding the ball for 33:49 per game and are second in the nation in 3rd down conversions, making first down on 56% of those attempts.
  • The O-line unit has only given up 11 sacks through 8 games and yields an average of only 4.25 tackles for loss per game, which ranks 8th in the nation.
  • Western Michigan is 4th in the nation in red zone conversions (94.87%), converting 82% of those into touchdowns, which is 2nd in the nation.

NEBRASKA (#9) @ OHIO STATE (#6) – 11/5 at 8PM ET on ABC

Nebraska Cornhuskers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Huskers O-line Unit leads the Big Ten and is 5th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed, having given up only six sacks in the first eight games.
  • By giving their QB time to throw, they are 2nd in the Big Ten in yards per passing attempt (8.1) and have 29 passing plays of 20 yards or more.
  • They average 204 rushing yards per game and are 2nd in the Big Ten in third down conversions (49.12%).
  • Their O-line has helped the 7-1 Huskers put games away on the ground, as they average over five yards per carry when leading by eight points or more.

Ohio State Buckeyes Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in rushing offense, averaging 272.38 yards per game and 5.73 yards per rush.
  •  On third and short situations, they are averaging 6.66 yards per rush and have converted 50% of all third downs, best in the Big Ten.
  • As a result of good pass protection, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in pass completion percentage (64%) and are 2nd in passing efficiency (146.52).
  • Ohio State leads the Big Ten in long plays from scrimmage, with 135 plays of ten yards or more, including 21 rushing plays of 20 yards or more.
  • In controlling the line of scrimmage, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten and are 4th in the nation in time of possession (34.47). 

IOWA @ PENN STATE – 11/5 at 7:30PM ET on BIG TEN NETWORK

Iowa Hawkeyes Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Hawkeyes are 2nd in the Big Ten in red zone offense, having scored on 24 of 25 possessions (92.6%), including 20 touchdowns.
  • They lead the Big Ten in 4th down conversions, having made first downs on five of their six attempts.
  • The O-line unit has opened holes for 41 rushing plays of 10 yards or more.
  • Head Coach Kirk Ferentz was assistant offensive line coach under Joe Moore at Pittsburgh in 1980.

Penn State Nittany Lions Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Penn State is 3rd in the Big Ten in scoring offense, averaging 33.6 points per game, and they are averaging more than 38 pints per game during their current 4-game winning streak.
  • Also during that streak, they are averaging 5.38 yards per rushing attempt and 221.75 rushing yards per game.
  • In their upset win over Ohio State, the O-line unit only gave up one sack and the team was penalized only one time for a total of five yards.
  • Against Purdue last week, RB Saquon Barkley ran for 207 yards and the Nittany Lions put up 62 points, the most ever scored at Ross-Ade Stadium.

FLORIDA (#10) @ ARKANSAS – 11/5 at 3:30PM ET on CBS

Florida Gators Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Florida O-line unit has done a good job controlling the line of scrimmage, ranking 2nd in the SEC in sacks allowed (9) and 3rd in the conference in fewest tackles allowed for loss (30).
  • The Gators lead the SEC in 3rd down conversions, converting 50.43 of those into first downs.
  • On third and short rushing situations, the Gators have converted 21 of 27 of those into first downs and are averaging 4.56 yards per rush.
  • When winning by 15 points or more, the Gators are finishing games, averaging 6.74 yards per rushing attempt. 

Arkansas Razorbacks Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Razorbacks lead the SEC in time of possession, holding the ball for 35:18 per game.
  • They are 3rd in the SEC in passing offense, averaging 256.4 yards per game through the air.
  • In giving QB Austin Allen time to throw, Arkansas is 2nd in the SEC in long passing plays, with 89 passing plays of 10 yards or more.
  • While they have leaned heavily on their passing game this year, the Trenchhogs have blocked well when they need rushing yards to finish games, as they average nearly seven yards per carry when leading by eight points or more.

About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at 

 

About the Scouting Academy

The Scouting Academy is an online-based instructional curriculum designed to better educate students in the player evaluation process of National Football League teams. Established by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, and taught by instructors with over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience, The Academy establishes a new standard in education for students seeking to enter the NFL in a player personnel capacity. By utilizing an online platform, The Scouting Academy offers a 16-week comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop at their own pace.

Pac-12, Big Ten And Acc Featured In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Pac-12, Big Ten And Acc Featured In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Games feature Washington vs. Utah, Virginia Tech vs. Pitt, Michigan vs. Michigan State and Nebraska vs. Wisconsin


NEW YORK, New York – October 26, 2016— In its continuing effort to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football, the Joe Moore Award will feature games on a weekly basis that feature O-Line units that have shown potential to win the award in the Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”. The list for Week Nine features Washington vs. Utah, Virginia Tech vs. Pitt, Michigan vs. Michigan State and Nebraska vs. Wisconsin.

This week’s “Power Breakdown” will feature the Pac-12 matchup of Washington/Utah, with in-depth analysis provided by the team at The Scouting Academy, an online-based instructional curriculum whose instructors bring over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience. 

“POWER BREAKDOWN” – 10/29 WASHINGTON (#4) @ UTAH (#17) – 10/29 at 3:30pm ET on FS1

This week, Washington moved into the AP top four and might control it’s own destiny to the playoffs. The Huskies O-line unit has played well in both the running and passing games, but the Utah defense will be coming after sophomore QB Jake Browning. The Utes come in with the confidence of a 3-game winning streak, including a thrilling win over UCLA in which they scored 52 points and opened holes for RB Joe Williams to run for a school-record 332 yards and four TDs.

Washington Huskies Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

WASHINGTON O-LINE BREAKDOWN:

Washington primarily operates within 11 (1 TE, 1 RB) and 12 (1RB, 2 TE) personnel sets. Their run game is centered around the Power play; they’ll run multiple variations of it to give defenses different looks, like One-Back Power, Power Read and Power from a Wildcat formation. They like to run their inside zone runs with misdirection, whether that be a TE “rim” blocking (blocking across the formation away from the point of attack) or a slot WR coming in jet motion to show jet sweep (or take the ball and get on the perimeter).

Washington Huskies Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Washington is 2nd in the nation in passing efficiency with a team rating of 200.54. QB Jake Browning has thrown 26 touchdown passes with only 2 interceptions.
  • The Huskies are 2nd in the Pac-12 in rushing offense, averaging more than 227 yards per game and nearly six yards per carry.
  • They lead the Pac-12 in yards per play (7.47) and also lead with 26 play of 30 yards or more.
  • They get the tough yards when they need them and lead the conference in 3rd down conversions (48%).

Utah Utes Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

UTAH O-LINE BREAKDOWN:

Utah operates a shotgun single-back offense that features an Inside Zone-based series of RPO plays, along with frequent use of pulling and trapping on Gap-based run plays. The Utes also like to utilize the Split Zone, and typically pair a QB read option with their run plays. This group is at its best when Trap blocking with their pair of physical guards, creating huge lanes on the interior for their backs to exploit. This group does a good job keeping the QB clean and setting up chances for chunk plays down the field off PA. Some protection breakdowns pop up on film due to apparent misidentification of the defensive front. Despite spreading the field - typically with a 3x1 formation with the strength to the field side - Utah’s offense aims to be a physically imposing one that pounds away at the opposing front on the ground.

Utah Utes Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Utes’ balanced offense is 2nd in the nation in time of possession, holding the ball for 35:50 per game.
  • During their three-game winning streak, they are averaging 281.67 yards rushing per game.
  • This year, on third and short situations, the Utes are averaging more than four yards per rushing play and have gained first downs on 15 of 27 plays.

VIRGINIA TECH (#25) @ PITT – THURSDAY, 10/27 at 7:00pm ET on ESPN

Virginia Tech Hokies Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Hokies are averaging 35.9 points per game and hold the ball for nearly 33:00 minutes per game.
  • Virginia Tech leads the conference in rushing attempts and averages nearly 200 yards rushing per game.
  • While throwing the ball nearly 27 times per game, QB Jerod Evans has thrown 19 touchdown passes with only two interceptions.
  • The Hokies O-line unit has only allowed 11 sacks through seven games.

Pitt Panthers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Panthers O-line unit is best in the ACC and 5th in the nation in sacks allowed, giving up only five sacks through seven games.
  • Pitt ranks 2nd in the conference in rushing offense, averaging 239.14 yards per game and more than five yards per carry.
  • They are 2nd in the conference in scoring, averaging 38.4 points per game, and have scored on more than 93% of their possessions in the Red Zone.
  • With their solid running game and efficient passing game, the Panthers are 2nd in the conference in time of possession (34:48).

MICHIGAN (#2) @ MICHIGAN STATE – 10/29 at NOON ET on ESPN

Michigan Wolverines Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 48.7 points per game, and is third in the nation in that category.
  • Michigan is 2nd in the conference in rushing offense, averaging 257.14 yards per game and 5.47 yards per carry.
  • The O-line unit has allowed only 11 sacks (many of which were not credited to the OL unit) on the season and the Wolverines lead the conference in passing efficiency with a 150.5 rating. 
  • On third and short situations, Michigan is averaging 5.62 yards per carry and has gained first downs on 15 of 21 rushing attempts.

Michigan State Spartans Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Spartans have lost five in a row, but they’ve shown improvement in recent games and continue to fight. 
  • Against Maryland, they ran for 270 yards and averaged more than six yards per carry.
  • Also in that game, they ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and gave up only one sack on 24 pass attempts vs heavy pressure.
  • Against Northwestern, they scored 40 points and threw for 424 passing yards.

NEBRASKA (#7) @ WISCONSIN (#11) – 10/29 at 7:00PM ET on ESPN

Nebraska Cornhuskers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Huskers O-line Unit leads the Big Ten and is 7th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed, having given up only five sacks in the first seven games.
  • By giving their QB time to throw, they lead the Big Ten in yards per passing attempt (8.6) and have 27 passing plays of 20 yards or more.
  • They average 211 rushing yards per game and lead the Big Ten in third down conversions (48.96%).
  • Their O-line has helped the undefeated Huskers put games away on the ground, as they average over five yards per carry when leading by eight points or more.

Wisconsin Badgers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Against Nebraska, Wisconsin will face their fifth top 10 team in 8 games this season.
  • Against those teams, which feature some of the best defenses in the country, the Badgers have averaged 147 rushing yards per game.
  • Wisconsin is 2nd in the Big Ten in time of possession (34:24) and they lead the conference in fewest penalties, averaging just over three per game.
  • On third and short, the Badgers are averaging 4.85 yards per rushing attempt and have made first down on 11 of 20 attempts.

About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at 

 

About the Scouting Academy

The Scouting Academy is an online-based instructional curriculum designed to better educate students in the player evaluation process of National Football League teams. Established by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, and taught by instructors with over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience, The Academy establishes a new standard in education for students seeking to enter the NFL in a player personnel capacity. By utilizing an online platform, The Scouting Academy offers a 16-week comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop at their own pace.

The Championship Drive Starts Now In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

The Championship Drive Starts Now In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Games feature Alabama vs. Texas A&M, Arkansas vs. Auburn, Wisconsin vs. Iowa, and Washington St. vs. Arizona St.


NEW YORK, New York – October 19, 2016— In its continuing effort to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football, the Joe Moore Award will feature games on a weekly basis that feature O-Line units that have shown potential to win the award in the Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”. The list for Week Eight features Alabama vs. Texas A&M, Arkansas vs. Auburn, Wisconsin vs. Iowa, and Washington State vs. Arizona State.

This week’s “Power Breakdown” will feature the SEC matchup of Alabama/Texas A&M, with in-depth analysis provided by the team at The Scouting Academy, an online-based instructional curriculum whose instructors bring over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience.

 

WEEK 8 “BIG UGLY SPOTLIGHT” LIST FOR GAMES ON OCTOBER 22


“POWER BREAKDOWN” – TEXAS A&M (#6) @ ALABAMA (#1) – 3:30pm ET on CBS

In a game that could ultimately determine the SEC West champion, the Aggies head to Tuscaloosa with hopes of being the first team to challenge the Crimson Tide’s run toward another national championship. Both O-line units earned a place on the Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll and lead offenses that are the top two in the SEC in scoring, with Alabama averaging 45.4 points per game and Texas A&M scoring 40.2.

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

ALABAMA O-LINE vs. TEXAS A&M DEFENSE OVERVIEW:
The overall match-up will depend on whether the Texas A&M defensive line can keep the Alabama offensive line off balance. To do that, they must blitz effectively, create mismatches with Myles Garrett, and use their twist/stunt game efficiently to take the Alabama offense out of their rhythm and timing. The Tide’s O-line and the Aggies D-Line will be a good match-up scheme-wise and whichever team displays the most physicality and mental toughness for all 60 minutes will be the one that comes out on top.

ALABAMA O-LINE BREAKDOWN:
Throughout this season, Alabama has evolved from a more traditional, two-back Power offense into a Spread-Option attack, led by freshman QB Jalen Hurts. They operate primarily in 11 or 12-personnel sets, but have the personnel to operate their core Zone, Power, Counter and Pin-Pull schemes, as well as the run-pass option (RPO). Alabama’s heavy hand on the inside run game sets up their “deep shot” and play-action pass plays, taking advantage of the 1-on-1 match-ups they have on the perimeter. In the drop-back game, the Crimson Tide will use both a half-man, half-slide protection scheme, as well as a full-slide protection with the running backs set to the weak side to firm up any interior blitz or twist.

TEXAS A&M DEFENSE OVERVIE:
Texas A&M plays a 4-3 defense that will use a true three-man front in passing situations, rotating up to eight different players on the defensive line. Their defensive line is great at getting off the ball quickly to create penetration in the backfield and disrupt plays before they ever get going. Defensive end Myles Garrett displays a very good ability to be strong at the point of attack to shed blocks and make tackles in the backfield and he exhibits good power moves when pass rushing to collapse the pocket and create sack fumbles. On the other side, defensive end Daeshon Hall is also a force to be reckoned with and will play on both sides of the ball to help create mismatches for Myles Garrett. He has very good ability to get off the ball with a good speed rush and counter move back inside to keep offensive tackles off balance. 

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • With a 6-0 start and early expectations for a championship run, Alabama is first in the SEC with an average of 45.4 points per game and they are making a case to repeat as Joe Moore Award winners.
  • The O-line unit has protected true freshman QB Jalen Hurts, who has improved as a dual-threat throughout the season.
  • Alabama ranks 2nd in the SEC in rushing yards per game (265.71) and 3rd in the conference in yards per rush attempt (6.24).
  • Alabama’s offensive line has paved the way for 20 rushing plays of 20+ yards, which leads the SEC, and has protected the quarterbacks long enough to allow 27 plays of 20+ yards through the air, 2nd in the conference.
  • In Saturday’s dominant 49-10 win over then #9 Tennessee, the Alabama O-Line:
    – Created enough running lanes for the Tide to rush for 438 yards and five touchdowns
    – They averaged 8.9 yards per rushing attempt and blew open holes for long touchdown runs of 29, 45 and 85 yards.

Texas A&M Aggies Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

TEXAS A&M O-LINE VS. ALABAMA DEFENSE OVERVIEW:For Texas A&M, the key will be to continue to have success moving the ball on the ground, especially on 1st and 2nd downs, and to stay out of obvious passing situations. This will require the young trio of center Erik McCoy and guards Colton Prater and Connor Lanfear to continue their collective growth and control Alabama’s very strong defensive interior. Aggie RT Jermaine Eluemunor, while showing the ability to hit his set point and mirror most 7/9 technique rushers in pass protection, has not faced a rusher with the upfield burst and “bend” to “run the arc” as Crimson Tide OLB Tim Williams this season. On the other side, LT Avery Jennesy will get an opportunity to showcase his ability against Alabama’s likely high 2017 draft pick Jonathan Allen.

TEXAS A&M O-LINE BREAKDOWN:
Texas A&M entered the 2016 season with only one returning starter on the offensive line, LT Avery Gennesy. Thus far, the new starters, including two freshmen (McCoy and Prater) and one sophomore (Lanfear) have performed well, allowing the Aggies to execute Head Coach Kevin Sumlin’s shotgun spread offense and rank 8th in the NCAA in rushing yards. Primarily utilizing 10 personnel sets, the Aggies utilize run pass options (RPO’s) off of Inside Zone and Split Zone concepts, relying upon QB Trevor Knight to read and exploit formation mismatches and force defenses to cover the width of the field. Texas A&M tackles Gennesy and Eluemunor are solid pass protectors, and have shown the ability to maintain pocket width and give Knight the opportunity to stretch the field vertically.

ALABAMA DEFENSIVE OVERVIEW:
The Alabama Crimson Tide run a 3-4 defense that rotates up to eight different players on the defensive line and OLB positions. Alabama’s defense relies on twists and blitzes from the LBs and DBs to stop the run and put pressure on the QB. The entire defensive line displays good extension in their arms to keep blockers off of them, with very good play strength to hold the point of attack. #54 LDE Dalvin Tomlinson shows good ability to “stun” blockers at the point of attack, reset the line of scrimmage, shed blockers and tackle ball carriers. #56 OLB Tim Williams shows a very good ability to get off the ball with a pass rush plan that keeps offensive tackles off balance the entire game. 

Texas A&M Aggies Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Texas A&M rushing attack has helped them surge to a 6-0 start to the season and has drawn attention to the Aggie O-line from the Joe Moore Award team.
  • Texas A&M tops the SEC in total offense, averaging 532.8 yards per game, while averaging 40.2 PPG in their first six games.
  • The Aggies lead the SEC with an average of more than 274 rushing yards per game, which ranks them 7th in the nation.
  • The O-line unit has only allowed only six sacks through six games (t12 nationally).
  • They are 4th in the SEC in total passing offense, averaging more than 258 yards per game through the air.
  • The Aggies had a bye last weekend, so they will come in rested and prepared for this battle with Alabama.

ARKANSAS (#17) @ AUBURN (#21) – 6:00pm ET on ESPN

Both teams come into this SEC West matchup with momentum built from recent wins. Despite a tough schedule ahead, Auburn still has an outside chance at a West title, while Arkansas is hoping to ride this momentum all the way to a meaningful bowl game.

Arkansas Razorbacks Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The “Trench Hogs” have helped Arkansas to a 5-2 record, with their only losses this season coming to No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M.
  • They have protected the QB well, allowing Austin Allen to lead the SEC with 18 touchdown passes, with only six interceptions.
  • With a successful balanced attack implemented, the Razorbacks average 445.6 total yards per game and 6.09 yards per play.
  • Arkansas leads the SEC in time of possession, averaging 35:41 per game.
  • In Saturday’s 34-30 win over #12 Ole Miss, the Arkansas O-Line:
    – Held the point of attack to dominate time of possession, holding the ball for 40:38
    – Protected QB Austin Allen long enough to throw for 228 yards and three touchdowns
    – Opened holes to allow Rawleigh Williams to run for a career-best 180 yards rushing on 27 carries.
    – With 2:20 seconds left in the game, they opened a hole on 2nd and goal for Jared Cornelius to score the game-winning touchdown.

Auburn Tigers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Tigers O-line unit was named to the Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll.
  • The Tigers have won three games in a row to improve to 4-2 and are have momentum and rest after a bye week.
  • Their only losses have come to #4 Clemson and #6 Texas A&M.
  • Auburn is 3rd in the SEC in rushing offense, averaging 262.83 yards per game, which is also 12th in the nation.
  • Averaging more than 216 yards passing per game, the Tiger’s are ranked 4th in the SEC in total offense.
  • Getting yards when they need them, Auburn is 3rd in the SEC in third down conversions (47.25%).
  • Auburn is coming in rested after a bye week, last beating Mississippi State 38-14 on 10/8.

WISCONSIN (#10) @ IOWA – NOON ET on ESPN

After a tough overtime loss to #2 Ohio State and a close 14-7 loss to #3 Michigan, the Badgers are the highest ranked two-loss team and are looking to bounce back big time against the Hawkeyes, who find themselves in contention for the Big Ten West championship.

Wisconsin Badgers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Badgers O-line unit was named to the Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll.
  • Despite playing three of the top 15 defensive teams in the nation (Michigan, Ohio State, LSU), the Badgers O-line unit has only given up 12 sacks in six games.
  • Against ranked teams, the Badgers are averaging 147 yards per game rushing.
  • Wisconsin is 3rd in the Big Ten in time of possession, holding the ball ofr an average of nearly 34 minutes per game.
  • In Saturday’s 30-23 OT loss to #2 Ohio State, the Wisconsin O-Line:
    – Opened holes for 236 rushing yards at 5.1 yards per carry, the most yards OSU has given up in a game all season.
    – Protected QB Alex Hornibrook long enough to throw for 214 yards and a touchdown.
    – Helped break open several long runs, including a 68-yard scamper by Corey Clement.

Iowa Hawkeyes Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in red zone offense, having scored on 24 of 25 possessions (96%), including 20 touchdowns.
  • They also lead the Big Ten in 4th down conversions, having made first downs on five of their six attempts.
  • The O-line unit has opened holes for 40 rushing plays of 10 yards or more. 
  • Head Coach Kirk Ferentz was assistant offensive line coach under Joe Moore at Pittsburgh in 1980.
  • In Saturday’s 49-35 win over Purdue, the Iowa O-Line:
    – Helped the offense set the tone by scoring touchdowns on five of its six opening-half possessions, including a 13-play, 5:44 touchdown drive in the first quarter.
    – Opened holes for 365 yards rushing and an average of 6.9 yards per attempt.

WASHINGTON STATE @ ARIZONA STATE – 10:00PM ET on Pac-12 NETWORK

With their win over UCLA, Washington State has won four straight and is chasing in-state rival Washington for a chance at the Pac-12 North title. Arizona State has been inconsistent, but looks to bounce back strong after their loss to Colorado and finish strong to keep improving on their 5-2 record.

Washington State Cougars Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Cougars O-line unit was named to the Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll.
  • WSU is 2nd in the Pac-12 in passing offense, averaging 361.3 yards per game and 3rd in total offense averaging 501.5 yards per game.
  • They are 2nd in the conference in fewest tackles allowed for loss, yielding 30 through 6 games.
  • Despite a pass-heavy offense, the Cougars O-line unit has given up a sack only 4.18% of passing plays, third best in the conference.
  • WSU is 2nd in the conference in third down conversions, converting nearly 49% into first downs.
  • In last weekend’s win over UCLA, the Cougar O-line:
    – Led an 18-play, 91 yard touchdown drive that lasted over seven minutes and gave the Cougars a 10-0 lead.
    – Opened holes for three rushing touchdowns, including two plunges from the one yard line by Gerard Wicks.
    – Dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 33:52.

Arizona State Sun Devils Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • ASU leads the Pac-12 in red zone conversions, having scored on 26 of 27 possessions, including 19 touchdowns.
  • ASU is averaging 36.3 points per game and is 2nd in the Pac-12 with 18 rushing touchdowns.
  • The Sun Devils are 3rd in the conference in long passing plays, with 27 plays of more than 20 yards.

About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JoeMooreAward.

Joe Moore Award Announces Midseason Honor Roll

Joe Moore Award Announces Midseason Honor Roll

Seventeen Units Earn Honor Through Tough, Physical Play


NEW YORK, New York – October 11, 2016 – The Foundation for Teamwork has announced its midseason Joe Moore Award Honor Roll, which identifies notable performances by offensive line units in games played through October 8. The following universities earned a spot on the Honor Roll (in alphabetical order): Air Force, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State, Western Michigan and Wisconsin. The Honor Roll teams have a combined record of 79-16 and include 11 of the top 25 teams in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. 

The Joe Moore Award Honor Roll includes units that display a high level of toughness, effort, teamwork, consistency, technique, and “finishing”.  Statistics, including those supplied by the universities (i.e. knockdowns), are used to merely support observations made about the technique and effort displayed in the game film, and play no factor in how OL units are evaluated. 

“As we review the film, we are looking to see which units are not only using good technique, but also for those that show intensity and a willingness to compete and finish,” said Mike Golic Jr., who played guard at Notre Dame and now hosts “First and Last” on ESPN Radio with Robin Lundberg. “We are especially working to identify units that can do this consistently every game.”
“So far, there has not been one unit that has clearly stood out as the best offensive line in college football,” said Aaron Taylor, CBS CFB Analyst and Chairman of the Joe Moore Award Voting Committee. “We have noticed the teams on the Midseason Honor Roll, but they all have a lot of work to do in order to win the Joe Moore Award.”

The Joe Moore Award Honor Roll for Games Played Through October 8 (in alphabetical order):

Air Force (4-1)
The Falcon O-line unit gave up 3 sacks in their first loss of the season against Wyoming, but that performance doesn’t overshadow what they’ve done the rest of the season. Featuring physicality at the point of attack that belies their size, they are ranked 7th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 280 yards per game, and have allowed only 16 tackles for loss this season (7 of those came against Wyoming). They don’t throw the ball often, but they do, they lead the nation with an average of 29.5 yards per pass completion.
Next:  vs. New Mexico on 10/15

Alabama (#1, 6-0)
Once again, the Crimson Tide are undefeated and lead the SEC in scoring offense, averaging 44.8 points per game. Unlike last year when they were lead by a superstar in eventual Heisman winner Derrick Henry, however, this Alabama unit is succeeding as a team, with no individual players in the top 20 in any offensive statistical category. The O-line unit has protected true freshman QB Jalen Hurts, who has thrown only two interceptions all season. Alabama has averaged 237 rushing yards per game.
Next:  @ Tennessee on 10/15

Auburn (4-2)
The Tigers continue to improve every week and their O-line unit looked dominant at times in their 38-14 win over Mississippi State. On the season, their powerful running game is ranked 2nd in the SEC and averages more than 262 yards rushing per game. When they need yards on third downs, the Auburn O-line unit has helped the offense convert nearly 50% of those into first downs. Tiger running backs are averaging 2.3 yards per carry before contact and have broken 18 big plays of 15 yards or more.
Next:  vs. Arkansas on 10/22

Clemson (#3, 6-0)
Clemson is 3rd in the high-powered ACC in total offense, averaging 470 yards per game and 38.7 points. They’ve done a great job protecting QB Deshaun Watson, allowing only 5 sacks through 6 games’ leading to 29 passing plays of more than 20 yards. The O-line unit showed there true potential in their huge win over Louisville – they ran for 201 yards and senior center Jay Guillermo was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week.
Next:  vs. North Carolina State on 10/15

LSU (3-2)
Despite losing RB Leonard Fournette most of this season due to an ankle injury, the Tigers rushing offense continues to roll and is second in the SEC with an average of 6.27 yards per rushing attempt. The Tigers offense has allowed only 24 tackles for loss, which is T-21st in the nation. The LSU O-line unit has helped rank the Tigers 3rd in the SEC in rushing offense (237 yards per game) and has opened holes for big plays, with 15 running plays of more than 20 yards.
Next:  vs. Southern Mississippi on 10/15

Miami (#16, 4-1)
Despite struggles in their loss to Florida State last weekend, the Hurricanes rank 2nd in the ACC in scoring with an average of 41.4 points per game. The Miami O-line unit has only given up five sacks on the season and their QB has been pressured on only 11.31% of drop backs.  In the running game, the ‘Canes are averaging nearly 200 yards per game and 6.2 yards per carry, while yielding only 18 tackles for loss. 
Next:  vs. North Carolina

Michigan (#4, 6-0) 
While boasting the #1 defense in the nation, the Michigan offense has made its own mark in helping the Wolverines to a perfect 5-0 record. That balance on both sides of the ball is exemplified by the fact that Michigan is 4th in the nation in scoring offense (50.0) and number one in defensive scoring (10.3). Their offense leads the Big10 with the most first downs gained by the offense and fewest first downs yielded by the defense. 
Next:  vs. Illinois on 10/22

Nebraska (#10, 5-0)
Having allowed a Big Ten best three sacks for the entire season, the Husker O-line unit has helped Nebraska to a 5-0 record and their first top ten ranking since 2011. They rank 2nd in the Big Ten in total offense, averaging 472.6 yards per game with a balanced offense that has produced in both the running and passing game. In controlling the line of scrimmage, they have allowed running backs to gain 2.6 yards per carry before contact and the quarterback is only pressured on 11.35% of passing plays.
Next:  @ Indiana on 10/15

Ohio State (#2, 5-0)
The Buckeyes have steamrolled through their first five games, outscoring their opponents 266-54. They lead the Big Ten in scoring offense (53.2 points per game), total offense (537.6 yards per game) and time of possession (36:00). The O-line unit leads the nation in tackles allowed for loss (1.8 per game) and is 2nd in sacks allowed, having given up only three sacks all season. Running backs are averaging 3.5 yards per carry before contact and 6.4 yards per carry overall.
Next: @ Wisconsin on 10/15

Pitt (4-2)
Averaging more than 244 yards per game rushing, the resurgent Panthers O-line unit is opening holes for the rushing game, as their RBs are gaining an average of 2.9 yards before contact. Pitt leads the ACC with the fewest sacks allowed (4) and their QB is only pressured on just over 13% of drop backs. Senior tackle Brian O-Neill is this week’s ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, as he led a unit that produced 407 yards of offense and scored the game’s first points when he ran 24 yards for a touchdown after catching a lateral pass.
Next:  @ Virginia on 10/15

Texas A&M (#6, 6-0)
The Aggies emerge from their double-overtime win over Tennessee with a 6-0 record and a solid place among the SEC’s elite teams. They are 6th in the nation and lead the SEC in total offense, averaging 532.8 yards per game. They’ve given up only six sacks all season and their explosive offense leads the SEC in long rushing plays, with 48 rushes of more than 10 yards. Benefitting most from the O-line unit’s great play are QB Trevor Knight and freshman RB Trayveon Williams, who leads the SEC in rushing yards and is averaging 8.59 yards per rushing attempt.
Next:  @ Alabama on 10/22

USC (3-3)
After a brutal start to the season, the Trojans have come to life to refuel hopes of contending for a Pac-12 Championship. In the last two weeks, they have scored 62 points and averaged 7.13 yards per offensive play, a significant improvement over the first four games this season. They lead the Pac-12 in giving up only eight sacks this season and have only yielded one in the last two games, allowing freshman QB Sam Darnold to rank 2nd in the conference in passing efficiency.
Next:  @ Arizona on 10/15

Virginia Tech (#17, 4-1)
Excluding their lone loss to Tennessee, the Hokies have outscored their opponents this season 197-78, behind a tough defense and an improving offensive line. The Virginia Tech O-line unit has given up only seven sacks and has allowed their running backs to run for an average of 2.4 yards before contact. In their dominant 34-3 victory over #17 North Carolina – their first win over a ranked team in two years – the Hokies overcame sloppy conditions to own the line of scrimmage, holding the ball for nearly 40 minutes.
Next:  @ Syracuse on 10/15

Washington (#5, 6-0)
In the last two weeks, Washington has cemented their place among this season’s best teams with dominant wins over Stanford and Oregon. On the season, the Huskies are averaging a Pac-12 best 49.5 points per game, good enough for 5th in the nation. With great protection for QB Jake Browning, Washington leads the nation in passing efficiency, having thrown 20 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions. They are second in the conference in rushing offense, averaging 229 yards per game.
Next:  vs. Oregon State on 10/22

Washington State (3-2)
After an 0-2 start, the Cougars have been dominant in their last three games, outscoring opponents 149-55, including a 42-16 drubbing of #15 Stanford. Not surprisingly, WSU is 2nd in the nation in passing offense, averaging 381.4 yards per game, but they have also shown an improved running game, averaging more the 200 yards per game in the last three games. This big O-line unit (average weight 322.6 lbs.) leads the Pac-12 in tackles allowed for loss allowed (23) and has only given up 11 sacks on 256 passing attempts (4.2%), among the best percentage in the Pac-12 Conference. (this is the math I computed: 1. UTAH 4% AND 2. USC 3.8%)
Next:  vs. UCLA on 10/15

Western Michigan (#24, 6-0)
With a powerful running game and efficient passing game, the Broncos find themselves ranked in the top 25 for the first time in program history. They lead the Mid-American Conference in rushing offense, averaging 246.83 yards per game and more than five yards per carry, with 17 rushing touchdowns. They are 6th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 44.8 points per game and they are 5th in the nation in Red Zone offense, having scored on 96.43 of those possessions.
Next:  @ Akron on 10/15

Wisconsin (#8, 4-1)
Except for a forgivable challenge against Michigan’s fierce defense, the Badger O-line has battled through a variety of injuries and personnel changes to perform at a level typical to Wisconsin football. They are 2nd in the Big Ten in tackles allowed for loss, giving just over four per game and this unit gets yards when they have to have them: of 18 total 2nd and 3 or 3rd and 3 or less rushing situations, they have converted 75% of those into first downs. 
Next:  vs. Ohio State on 10/15


About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JoeMooreAward.

Offensive Line Play Fuels Playoff Dreams In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Offensive Line Play Fuels Playoff Dreams In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Games feature Alabama vs. Arkansas, Tennessee vs. Texas A&M, LSU vs. Florida and Washington vs. Oregon


NEW YORK, New York – October 5, 2016— In its continuing effort to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football, the Joe Moore Award will feature games on a weekly basis that feature O-Line units that have shown potential to win the award in its “Big Ugly Spotlight”. The list for Week Five features Alabama vs. Arkansas, Tennessee vs. Texas A&M, LSU vs. Florida and Washington vs. Oregon.

On a weekly basis, the Joe Moore Award will provide analysis for the upcoming weekend’s featured games. Stay tuned for Joe Moore Honor Roll, which will recognize outstanding offensive line play, culminating with the announcement of the 2016 winner of the Joe Moore Award after the conclusion of the regular season.

This week’s “Power Breakdown” will feature the SEC matchup of Alabama/Arkansas, with in-depth analysis provided by the team at The Scouting Academy, an online-based instructional curriculum whose instructors bring over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience.

 

WEEK 6 “BIG UGLY SPOTLIGHT” LIST FOR GAMES ON OCTOBER 8


“POWER BREAKDOWN” – ALABAMA (#1) @ ARKANSAS (#16) – 7:00pm ET on ESPN

The Razorbacks come into this game hoping to prove they deserve a place among the elite programs in the SEC and their big, physical offensive line would play a major role in an upset of top-ranked Alabama. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide just keep rolling behind an elite defense, a true freshman quarterback and an offensive line that is improving every week and beginning to make a case to repeat as Joe Moore Award winners.

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

ALABAMA O-LINE OVERVIEW:
Alabama’s talented offensive line has the ability to line up against virtually anyone and consistently provide opportunities for its skill players to make plays, so, if they execute and do not turn the ball over, the Crimson Tide are very hard to beat. As they prefer to play things straight in their base alignment, the primary challenge of Arkansas’ defense will be to stay disciplined, maintain gap integrity, and force the still somewhat inexperienced freshman QB Hurts to make good decisions, consistently.

ALABAMA O-LINE BREAKDOWN:
Alabama utilizes the dual-threat capabilities of Freshman QB Jalen Hurts through the use of a Zone Read run scheme and play action passing. Primarily operating out of 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE), Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin is able to keep defenses off balance due to the versatility of TE O.J. Howard, who can align as an inline Y (e.g. next to an OT), or split wide (like a WR). Hurts has the luxury of operating behind an excellent offensive line, headlined by two tackles that have shown spurts of potential to be outstanding players over their careers. Junior LT Cam Robinson has won post-season honors in each of his two seasons since winning the starting job as a freshman, but may be over-shadowed by true freshman newcomer Jonah Williams on the right side, who started his first college game in the opener against USC and has won the Crimson Tide’s “Lineman of the Week” in all but one game this season. Alabama also has good quality in the interior of the line, with guards Ross Pierschbacher, Alphonse Taylor and Center Bradley Bozeman all showing good strength, toughness, and mental processing to work together. As a unit, they effectively control the middle of the line utilizing ZBS (Zone Based System) run concepts, as well as “anchor” (lower body strength) to provide good pocket depth in pass protection. 

ARKANSAS DEFENSIVE OVERVIEW:
Arkansas aligns in a base 4-3. The ends play in a 5T (off the shoulder of the tackles), one DT will play a 3T (outside shoulder of the Guard) to the boundary side, and the other DT will align in a 1T (outside shoulder of OC) to the field side. The Razorbacks have very good depth across the front, with nine different players seeing at least some action so far in 2016. Arkansas relies primarily upon its front four to provide pressure, choosing to drop LBs and nickel DBs into coverage in passing situations. The best edge rusher of the group is Deatrich Wise, who was on multiple award watch lists heading into the season. Arkansas has been feeding reps to true freshman McTelvin Agim, who looks to have the highest ceiling of the group, showing good traits as an interior pass rusher. 

Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • With a 5-0 start and early expectations for a championship run, Alabama is 13th in the nation with an average of 44.0 points per game and they are making a case to repeat as Joe Moore Award winners.
  • The O-line unit has protected true freshman QB Jalen Hurts, who has thrown only one interception all season.
  • Alabama ranks 4th in the SEC in rushing yards per game (231.6) and fourth in the conference in yards per rush attempt (5.39).
  • Alabama has averaged 252.8 passing yards per game, allowing ten sacks and 27 tackles for loss through five games.
  • Alabama’s offensive line has paved the way for 14 rushing plays of 20+ yards and has protected the quarterbacks long enough to allow 41 plays of 10+ yards through the air.
  • In Saturday’s 34-6 win over Kentucky, the Alabama O-Line: 
    – Created enough lanes for the Tide to rush for 173 yards and one touchdown
    – Protected the QB’s long enough to throw for 315 yards and two touchdowns, with 173 yards coming in the pivotal 3rd quarter.

Arkansas Razorbacks Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

ARKANSAS O-LINE OVERVIEW:
Arkansas can win this game if their offensive line can mentally process and defend Alabama’s twist and blitz scheme and compete the entire game with the Crimson Tide’s 8-man defensive line rotation. No easy task. The Razorbacks have to establish their power running game and keep Alabama off balance and contain their rush with WR screens, play action passes and rollouts. 

ARKANSAS O-LINE BREAKDOWN:
The Arkansas Razorbacks run a pro-style offense, running the ball to open up the pass. Their running game is based mainly in a Power blocking scheme with Pin and Pull plays, Buck Sweeps, and Draw plays. This, combined with rollouts, WR screens, play action passes and drop back passes, help the Razorbacks keep the defense off balance. They use mainly a 6-man protection scheme on 3rd downs to give their QB and offensive line extra time to throw the ball down the field. LT #70 Dan Skipper is a towering force on the Razorback’s line, standing 6’10”, with a good ability to power block and push people off the ball in their running scheme. RT #60 Brian Wallace is one of their better pass blockers and displays a solid kick, slide-step and a good ability to anchor the pocket.

ALABAMA DEFENSIVE OVERVIEW:
The Alabama Crimson Tide run a 3-4 defense that rotates up to eight different players on the defensive line and OLB positions. Alabama’s defense relies on twists and blitzes from the LBs and DBs to stop the run and put pressure on the QB. The entire defensive line displays good extension in their arms to keep blockers off of them, with very good play strength to hold the point of attack. #54 LDE Dalvin Tomlinson shows good ability to “stun” blockers at the point of attack, reset the line of scrimmage, shed blockers and tackle ball carriers. #56 OLB Tim Williams shows a very good ability to get off the ball with a pass rush plan that keeps offensive tackles off balance the entire game. 

Arkansas Razorbacks Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The “Trench Hogs” have helped Arkansas to a 4-1 start and have earned the attention of the Joe Moore Award voting committee.
  • They have protected the QB well, allowing only 7 sacks on the season yielding only two interceptions.
  • In the last four games, QB Austin Allen has thrown 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
  • They get yards when they need them, ranking 2nd in the SEC in third down conversions (49%).
  • With a successful balanced attack implemented, the Razorbacks average 443.4 total yards per game and 6.43 yards per play.
  • Arkansas is the only SEC team with two SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week designees this season.
  • Senior Dan Skipper will make his 40th consecutive start on Saturday.
  • Skipper has two blocked field goals this year and seven for his career, which is just two off the NCAA record. He was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week this week and has already won SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week this year.
  • In Saturday’s 52-10 win over Alcorn State, the Arkansas O-Line: Created enough lanes for the Tide to rush for 353 yards and three touchdowns
  • Arkansas averaged 9.3 yards per rush
    – Protected the QB’s long enough to throw for 206 yards and three touchdowns
    –Allowed zero sacks, one tackle for loss and one QB hit

TENNESSEE (#9) @ TEXAS A&M (#8) – 3:30pm ET ON CBS

With the exception of an overtime win against UCLA in the season opener, Texas A&M has won by big margins on their way to a perfect record. Meanwhile, Tennessee has made it to 5-0 with several close games, including their stunning last play win over Georgia last week. Either way, they both go into this huge SEC game undefeated and only one team will stay that way.

Tennessee Volunteers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • You can’t start the season 5-0 without a solid O-line unit, and the Volunteers did just that after their stunning last play win over Georgia.
  • Tennessee has averaged 207 passing yards per game with an efficiency rating of 145.39. 
  • With a successful balanced attack implemented, the Vols average 381.6 total yards per game and 5.47 yards per play.
  • In Saturday’s 34-31 win over Georgia, the Tennessee O-Line:
    – Created enough lanes for the Vols to rush for 127 yards and one touchdown.
    – Protected the QB’s long enough to throw for 230 yards and three touchdowns.
    – Allowed two sacks, five tackles for loss and zero QB hits.

Texas A&M Aggies Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Texas A&M rushing attack has helped them surge to a 5-0 start to the season and has drawn attention to the Aggie O-line from the Joe Moore Award team.
  • Texas A&M tops the SEC in total offense, averaging 521 yards per game, while averaging 39.2 PPG in their first five games.
  • The Aggies have averaged more than 258 rushing yards per game, which ranks them 13th in the nation and 2nd in the SEC.
  • The O-line unit has only allowed only five sacks through five games (t22 nationally).
  • They are 3rd in the SEC in total passing offense, averaging more than 262 yards per game through the air.
  • In Saturday’s 24-13 win over South Carolina, the Aggie O-Line:
    – Created enough lanes for A&M to rush for 216 yards and three touchdowns.
    – Protected the QB’s well enough to throw for 230 yards and three touchdowns
    – Allowed only one sack for a loss of 2 yards.

LSU @ FLORIDA (#18) – NOON ET ON ESPN

The Gators offense struggled against Vanderbilt last week and they will have to step up their game against a stiff LSU defense that has not given up more than 20 points in a game all season. The LSU offense found new life in a big win over Missouri, but they too will face a defense in Florida that, minus the game against Tennessee, has given up a mere five points per game.

LSU Tigers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • LSU has had a tough start to the season going 3-2, but their convincing win over Missouri showed they could finish the season strong under interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron.
  • Even without star RB Leonard Fournette (ankle), the Tigers showed signs of their usual stellar running attack, as Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams combined to rush for 293 yards.
  • As a team, LSU rushed for 418 yards and averaged 8 yards per carry.
  • Despite the slow start to the season, the Tigers rank 3rd in the SEC in rushing offense, averaging 237 yards per game and an impressive 6.27 yards per carry.

Florida Gators Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Florida has started the season strong, going 4-1 to begin the season while averaging 32.3 points per game, led by a consistent O-line unit.
  • In tandem with their powerful defense, the Gators lead the SEC in turnover margin at +5 through five games.
  • The O-line unit has only allowed only five sacks through five games (t22 nationally). 
  • The O-line unit opens holes when they need them most, as Florida leads the SEC in 3rd down conversions making the first down 50.62% of the time.
  • Florida’s offense is 4th in the SEC in time of possession, controlling the ball for more than 32 minutes per game.
  • The Gator offense looked sluggish in their 13-6 win over Vanderbilt and will hope to find their early season success against an LSU team that is ranked 3rd in the SEC in total defense.

WASHINGTON (#5) @ OREGON – 7:30PM ET on FOX

After dominating Stanford last weekend, Washington has steamrolled its way into the college playoff conversation, while Oregon has lost three games in a row, despite averaging more than 40 points per game. That said, Washington has not beaten the Ducks since 2003 and need to win this game to keep their momentum going.

Washington Huskies Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Washington is tops in the Pac-12 and 7th in the nation in scoring, averaging 45.4 points per game.
  • They are 2nd in the conference in yards per play, averaging 7.04 yards per play.
  • With solid pass protection, Washington is ranked 2nd in the country in passing efficiency with a rating of 201.23.
  • Washington leads the nation in turnover ratio, having lost the ball only four times (2 fumbles, 2 interceptions), while taking it away 15 times.
  • The Huskie O-line has only given up nine sacks on the season and 19 tackles for loss, which leads the Pac-12.
  • In Friday’s big win over Stanford, the Huskie O-line:
    – Allowed no sacks in protecting QB Jake Browning, who completed 15-of-21 passes for 210 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
    – Converted 9 of 12 third downs. Opened holes for 214 yards rushing, 5.2 yards per rush and three rushing touchdowns.
    – Dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 32:32.

Oregon Ducks Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Ducks usual explosive offense leads the Pac-12 with a 7.21 yards per play average.
  • They lead the Pac-12 in rushing offense, averaging 263.4 yards per game and 6.24 yards per rush
  • Oregon leads the Pac-12 with 15 rushing plays of longer than 20 yards.
  • Oregon is 3rd in the Pac-12 in 3rd down conversions, having made first down 48.53% of the time.
  • In last week’s loss to Washington State, the Duck O-line:
    – Opened holes for 214 yards rushing and 4 rushing touchdowns.
    – Finished the game with an 8-play, 85-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
    – Gave up 2 sacks and converted 6 of 12 third down attempts.

About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JoeMooreAward.

About the Scouting Academy

The Scouting Academy is an online-based instructional curriculum designed to better educate students in the player evaluation process of National Football League teams. Established by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, and taught by instructors with over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience, The Academy establishes a new standard in education for students seeking to enter the NFL in a player personnel capacity. By utilizing an online platform, The Scouting Academy offers a 16-week comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop at their own pace.

Mega Top Ten Matchups Highlight This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Mega Top Ten Matchups Highlight This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Games feature Wisconsin vs. Michigan, Stanford vs. Washington, Louisville vs. Clemson and Navy vs. Air Force


NEW YORK, New York – September 28, 2016— In its continuing effort to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football, the Joe Moore Award will feature games on a weekly basis that feature O-Line units that have shown potential to win the award in its “Big Ugly Spotlight”. The list for Week Five features Wisconsin vs. Michigan, Stanford vs. Washington, Louisville vs. Clemson and Navy vs. Air Force.

On a weekly basis, the Joe Moore Award will provide analysis for the upcoming weekend’s featured games. Stay tuned for Joe Moore Honor Rolls, which will recognize outstanding offensive line play, culminating with the announcement of the 2016 winner of the Joe Moore Award after the conclusion of the regular season.

This week’s “Power Breakdown” will feature the Big 10 matchup of Wisconsin/Michigan, with in-depth analysis provided by the team at The Scouting Academy, an online-based instructional curriculum whose instructors bring over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience.


“POWER BREAKDOWN” – WISCONSIN (#8) @ MICHIGAN (#4) – 3:30pm ET on ABC

Michigan faces its toughest test of the season against a resurgent Wisconsin team that already has two wins against top 10 teams this year. The O-line units from both teams have caught the attention of the Joe Moore Award voting committee and how they play in this game could vault either or both into the winning conversation.

Wisconsin Badgers Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

OVERALL: Overall, Wisconsin’s O-line should be equipped to handle the Wolverine’s front when they are static. The unit plays with good surge in the inside run game to create Point of Attack (POA) push, especially at the guard position. Their tackles, #65 Ramczyk and #52 Maxwell, are good in pass protection with a solid overall ability to reach set points and a good competitive nature to sustain blocks through the back end of the pocket. However, Michigan’s ability to use their initial quickness and good hand usage to disengage on twists will challenge Wisconsin’s interior players. DE #43 Wormley is especially good at this and has won guards’ chest and re-set the line of scrimmage (LOS)/created push in the pocket on many reps this way.

WISCONSIN O-LINE OVERVIEW: The Wisconsin Badgers run a pro-style offense and leverage both Zone and Power running plays collectively with Rollouts, WR screens, and PA passes to keep the defense honest in their assignments. The offensive line is solid in both Zone and Power running principles with a better performance on IZ plays and Pin and Pull plays kicking out the end man on the LOS. They will use shifts and motions with their 6- and 7-man protection schemes to block on 3rd downs and help the line protect the QB. Left Tackle Ryan Ramczyk #65 is one of the best players on the offensive line, as he displays good athletic ability in pass protection with a fluid kick, slide technique to mirror good edge rushers and competitive toughness to block until the whistle. The Badger’s are at full strength this week after losing LG Micha Kapoi during the LSU game to a left leg injury.

MICHIGAN DEFENSIVE OVERVIEW: Michigan has dressed their front-7 personnel into a 4-3 scheme, primarily setting the 3T to the strength (Over Front), with the Nose Guard set to the weak-side, usually in a 1T alignment (shaded to one side of the OC). The DEs will align as 5Ts on the Offensive Tackle’s outside shoulder. Michigan also showed a true Odd look, with two 5Ts, a 0-Nose (head up over OC), two ILBs in the box and two OLBs clamped down in a rush alignment, as well as a Bear front (OC and both OG’s covered by a DL), where they’ll align S/CB #5 as the strong-side OLB down over a TE. This unit is deep, physical and plays with very good hand usage. Their starting and back-up interior DL in particular have good UOH (use of hands) to neutralize 1-on-1 blocks. This is a good thing for Michigan, considering their top interior DL #90 Brian Mone has not even played since leaving Week 1’s game against Hawaii early with a knee injury. Michigan is hopeful Mone can play but his status is not known at this time. DE #33 Charlton is their primary pass rusher, however DE #43 Wormley has had good success pressuring the QB on twists that match him up against Centers and Guards, emphasizing his good length, strength, placement and motor. The Wolverines defense is very good, and ranks in the top 15 nationally in eight categories.

KEY MATCHUPS:
Wisconsin’s OG’s vs UM DE #43 Chris Wormley

KEEP YOUR EYE ON:
Wisconsin LT 65 Ryan Ramczyk

Wisconsin Badgers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • In their huge conference win against Michigan State, the Badgers O-line unit proved they are legit, dominating the line of scrimmage.
  • In that game, Wisconsin’s 2nd win against a top 10 team this season, the Badgers held the ball for nearly 33 minutes, setting the tone in the 2nd quarter with a 16-play, 7:38 minute touchdown drive.
  • The Badgers rank 3rd in the nation in time of possession, holding the ball for more than 37 minutes a game, helping the Badger defense to be the stingiest n the Big 10 (11.8 points per game).
  • The disciplined Badger team is averaging less than four penalties a game and has given up only 6 sacks this season.
  • The win was the start of a tough Big 10 stretch, starting with Michigan in Ann Arbor this weekend, followed by games against Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska. 

Michigan Wolverines Offensive Line Unit Breakdown, via The Scouting Academy

OVERALL: Overall, the tape suggests that Michigan is talented and will try to “wear out” Wisconsin’s DL, who have been challenged by OLs that play with good pad level, strength and extension. They will need quality play out of their LT #77, as he will likely be matched up against a much faster, speed-based rush-OLB from Wisconsin’s 3-4 defense, something that plays against his skill-set as a big, long-armed and physical Tackle. Michigan also must be able to play with good discipline and processing in order to pick up and pass off any inside pressure or DL twist Wisconsin sends their way.

MICHIGAN O-LINE OVERVIEW: Michigan brings a very physical brand of offense to the field. They operate primarily Under Center (UC), leaning heavily on 21 personnel (2 RB, 1 TE) and 22 personnel (2 RB, 2 TE) sets to operate their Zone, Iso, Outside Zone Lead and Power plays. This strategy showcases their OL’s ability to take good angles and sustain foot drive after contact on combo blocks in order to create vertical push. They’ll also leverage Unbalanced/Tackle Over and Bunch WR sets to give them favorable looks to run their pin-pull schemes. Most of Michigan’s pass plays (and explosive pass plays - passes completed for 16+ yards) have come from some sort of run-action, as underneath defenders respect Michigan’s OL’s ability to create holes at the point of attack (POA) too much to bail to their pass assignment too quickly. In addition to running boot-action passes to negate pressure, Michigan also used half/full-slide pass protection to pick up any sort of inside twist or blitz. OL Coach Tim Drevno brings a ton of experience to this unit, and his presence is making a positive impact already.

WISCONSIN DEFENSIVE OVERVIEW: The Badgers play a traditional 3-4 alignment, with their DE’s usually aligning in a 4 or 4i-technique (just inside the offensive tackle), and the nose aligning as a true 0 technique to cover up the Center directly heads up. In their base defense, the DL generally square up and play with 2-gap responsibility (stand up the OL, play the gap/space to either side of the OL), tying up blockers and allowing their LBs to flow to the ball. Versus LSU, Wisconsin did slant on a few occasions, giving them an opportunity to gain gap leverage at the snap. Due primarily to scheme, Wisconsin’s DL does not generate much in the way of pass rush from their defensive line, but overall, the Badgers do a very effective job of bringing pressure on the QB in passing situations and disrupting run plays through a variety of blitz packages, which they execute very well. OLB’s 47 Vince Biegel and 42 T.J. Watt both are high energy, high motor players who have nice length and show solid upfield burst and some development in their rush plan, and LB Jack Cichy is very active with good speed and motor, and shows good timing, quickness, and burst to close on the QB on A and B-gap blitzes. New DC Justin Wilcox is doing a really nice job with this unit.

KEY MATCHUPS:
UM LT #77 Grant Newsome vs UW OLB #47 Vince Biegel

KEEP YOUR EYE ON:
RT #78 Erik Magnusson

Michigan Wolverines Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • With a 4-0 start and early expectations for a championship run, the Wolverines are piling up points, ranking 4th in the nation with an average of 52 points per game.
  • The Wolverine O-line unit has opened holes for 30 rushes of 20 yards or more, ranking them 17th in the nation in long rushing plays.
  • The Michigan rushing attack is averaging 229.75 per game and has delivered 15 touchdowns, which is best in the Big !0 and 4th in the nation.
  • In their Big 10 opener against Penn State, Michigan finished with 515 total yards, including 326 on the ground, and their 49 points were the most they’ve ever scored against the Nittany Lions.
  • The O-line unit has only allowed 5 sacks through four games.
  • Michigan’s pounding running attack has gained 47 first downs, 21st in the nation in that category.
  • The Wolverines will face the 10th best rushing defense in the country against Wisconsin.

STANFORD (#7) @ WASHINGTON (#10) – FRIDAY, 9/30, 9PM ET ON ESPN

The all-time series between Stanford and Washington is 41-41-4, but these team will be playing for a lot more than rivalry bragging rights. They’ll be playing to take early hold of the Pac 12 North division and to keep playoff hopes alive. While their O-line units have been inconsistent, both teams can still contend for the Joe Moore Award with strong finishes to the season.

Stanford Cardinal Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • After starting the season with three wins against Power 5 teams (KSU, USC and UCLA), the Cardinal are on track for a playoff position. The offense is down from a year ago, but the O-line unit has shown improvement week to week.
  • The O-line unit has only given up 4 sacks on the season for a total of 15 yards lost, tops in the Pac-12. They’ve also only allowed a total of five tackles for loss through three games.
  • With only four turnovers through three games and only 13 penalties, which leads the Pac-12, the Cardinal have minimized mistakes.
  • In the Red Zone, Stanford is perfect, having scored on every visit there this season.

Washington Huskies Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • With and undefeated start of the season at 4-0, the Washington offense is already working on all cylinders, averaging 45.8 points per game, good enough to rank them 10th n the nation in that category.
  • The Huskies’ balanced attack features the 2nd most efficient passing game in the nation, with an efficiency rating of 200.97.
  • Washington leads the Pac-12 in tackles for loss allowed, giving up only 4.5 per game.
  • In their overtime win against conference rival Arizona, Washington rushed for a season-high 352 yards on 51 carries.
  • The win over the Wildcats extends their conference-best winning streak to seven games.

LOUISVILLE (#3) @ CLEMSON (#5) – 8PM ET ON ABC

In this huge ACC Atlantic division matchup of top 5 teams, Louisville and Clemson will meet in Death Valley to see who will control their playoff destiny. Lamar Jackson will hope to continue his amazing Heisman run, while Deshaun Watson will continue working his way back to last year’s form.  Both QBs will need help from their O-line units, which will face elite defenses as they each make their impression on the Joe Moore Award committee.

Louisville Cardinals Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Cardinals O-line unit has led the way for Heisman front-runner Lamar Jackson and the Louisville offense to lead the nation in total offense, averaging 682 yards per game.
  • They also lead the nation in scoring, averaging 63.5 points per game.
  • The O-line unit has only given up three sacks in four games.
  • The Cardinals are 2nd in the nation in rushing yards (1,273) and 9th in passing yards (1,455).
  • Louisville has only allowed seven tackles for loss all season and ranks 2nd in the nation in that category.
  • So far this season, they have outscored their opponent by an average of 41 points per game, including a 63-20 win over Florida State.

Clemson Tigers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • With their win over Georgia Tech, Clemson goes to 4-0 on the season and has won 19 straight regular season games.
  • The Tigers continue to lean heavily on team leader and QB, Deshaun Watson, who is second on the team in rushing while being 3rd in the ACC in passing attempts.
  • The O-line unit has done a great job protecting their Heisman-hopeful, giving up only three sacks in four games.
  • While the Tiger offense has been sluggish, they picked it up in their big conference road win at Georgia Tech, as they outgained the Yellow Jackets in total yardage, 442-124. 
  • The Clemson defense, ranked 3rd in the nation in total defense, will now face the number one offense in the country in a matchup against Louisville this weekend.

NAVY @ AIR FORCE – 3:30PM ET on CBS SPORTS NETWORK

Navy and Air Force are typically known for their prowess on the sea and in the air, respectively, but they have won their share of battles on the ground this season as both are in the top five in the nation in rushing offense. Even though defenses expect them to run most often, each team is averaging more than five yards per carry. A stat that has the Joe Moore Award voting committee taking notice.

Navy Midshipmen Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  •  Navy comes into this rivalry game with a 3-0 record and are ranked 5th in the nation in rushing yards per game (316.3).
  • The Midshipmen rank 4th in the nation in third down conversions, making a first down nearly 56% of the time.
  • Even with a well-known run-first approach, Navy leads the AAC in rushing yards per game and averages over six yards per carry.
  • The Navy O-line has opened up big holes for big plays, as Navy leads the AAC in rushing plays of more than 20 yards.

Air Force Falcons Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The undefeated Falcons (3-0) come into their matchup with Navy ranked second n the nation in rushing offense, averaging nearly 360 yards rushing per game.
  • Air Force leads the Mountain West conference in third down conversions and ranks 10th in the country (53.2%).
  • The Falcons O-line had only given up three sacks on the season for a total of seven yards lost.
  • Despite the run-heavy offensive scheme, the Falcons are still averaging 5.28 yards per rushing attempt.
  • In the Red Zone, Air Force has converted 15 out of 16 attempts, including 10 touchdowns.

About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JoeMooreAward.

About the Scouting Academy

The Scouting Academy is an online-based instructional curriculum designed to better educate students in the player evaluation process of National Football League teams. Established by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, and taught by instructors with over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience, The Academy establishes a new standard in education for students seeking to enter the NFL in a player personnel capacity. By utilizing an online platform, The Scouting Academy offers a 16-week comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop at their own pace.

 

Key Conference Battles Featured In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Key Conference Battles Featured In This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight”

Games feature Pitt vs. North Carolina and Wisconsin vs. Michigan State


NEW YORK, New York – September 23, 2016— In its continuing effort to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football games, the Joe Moore Award will feature games on a weekly basis that feature two OL units that have shown potential to win the award in its “Big Ugly Spotlight”. The list for Week Four features Pitt vs. North Carolina and Wisconsin vs. Michigan State.

On a weekly basis, the Joe Moore Award will provide analysis for the upcoming weekend’s featured games. Stay tuned for Joe Moore Honor Rolls, which will recognize outstanding offensive line play, culminating with the announcement of the 2016 winner of the Joe Moore Award after the conclusion of the regular season.

This week’s “Power Breakdown” will feature the Pitt/North Carolina matchup, with in-depth analysis provided by the team at The Scouting Academy, an online-based instructional curriculum whose instructors bring over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience.


“POWER BREAKDOWN” – PITT @ NORTH CAROLINA – 3:30pm ET on ESPNU

These teams kick off their ACC Coastal Division season and both come in with 2-1 records and a lot to prove. Both offenses are playing at a high level, but North Carolina’s unit, which is averaging 42.7 points per game, makes the Tar Heels a favorite in what could be a very high scoring game.

PITT O-LINE VS. NORTH CAROLINA DEFENSE via The Scouting Academy

Pitt operates a single-set back offense that resembles a “flexbone” alignment at times, featuring heavy use of fullbacks on the wings. The vast majority of plays are run from under center. Their run game is based around the Inside Zone (IZ) play and features frequent use of misdirection, jets and end-arounds, with some power runs sprinkled in. The passing attack is based off play action (both zone and power looks used) and sprint action, featuring an abundance of 6- and-7-man protections and heavy use of slide protection. The O-line unit is rarely exposed to one-on-one pass blocking situations as a result of scheme and play calling. This very experienced unit shows good communication and chemistry when dealing with twists and stunts by the defense and works well together on execution of IZ. Combination blocks are clean, which allows for quick release to blocks at the second level - an area in which this group excels. Overall, this is a big, athletic group that moves well on pulls and in space, looks well coached and shows good chemistry.

Pittsburgh Panthers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Tough. Physical. Focused. All signatures of a Pat Narduzzi team and all part of the reason this experienced O-line unit has attracted the attention of the Joe Moore Award committee.
  • Pitt is 2-1 on the season after coming off a heartbreaking road loss to Oklahoma State, but their OL paved the way for courageous RB James Conner and Quadree Henderson to break out for 206 yards on the ground.
  • For the season, the Panthers’ offensive line has spearheaded a rushing attack that generates 239 yards per game, the 21st best average in the nation.
  • In its stirring win over archrival Penn State, the Panthers racked up 341 yards rushing and an average 6.1 yards per carry.
  • The Panthers’ ability to pound the ball has allowed them to average 34:20 in time of possession this season, 16th best in the nation. 
  • Pitt has surrendered only three sacks this season—and only two that the offensive line has been responsible for. (One was on a back.) The Panthers’ average of one sack per game allowed ranks 25th nationally.
  • Although an OL Units job is never done, this unit has shown promise with its tough, physical play, and clearly enjoys setting the tone up front, making them an early candidate for Joe Moore Award recognition.

NORTH CAROLINA O-LINE VS. PITT DEFENSE via The Scouting Academy

North Carolina’s spread scheme heavily leans on establishing a physical tone with the inside zone and inside zone rim plays. This sets them up well to use their run-action pass protections, which sucks in the underneath coverage and allows them to throw downfield for 25+ yard gains. As a change-up, the Tar Heels will also run counter plays out of the shotgun with 11 (1 RB, 1 TE) and 20 (2 RBs and 0 TEs) personnel, using that 2nd skill player as the 2nd puller. This showcases their O-line unit’s good size, physical nature and strength to move the point of attack (POA) and create run lanes. Their outside run game features many pin-pull elements to take advantage of their solid ability to control the POA at the TE position. It also highlights the O-line unit’s good overall athleticism and processing to find the most dangerous defender in open space. In the drop-back game, North Carolina will lean on a full-slide protection to pick up any inside defensive twists or stunts, which makes them unable to pop-out and pick up perimeter blitzes coming opposite of the RB. Overall, the Tar Heels have good size, strength and competitive toughness. They play as a unit very well, passing off twists cleanly and playing with good communication to protect level 1 and cover up LBs in the zone run game.

North Carolina Tar Heels Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • Last year, North Carolina’s O-Line unit was one of the best in the country and was named a Joe Moore Award Semi-Finalist as a result. 
  • This year, they are right back at it, averaging 42.7 points per game and are 9th in the nation in rushing yards per carry at 6.1.
  • As one of the best in the country last year at grinding out “yards before contact”, the Tar Heel OL unit has helped RBs Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan average 6.19 and 7.29 yards per rush, respectively.
  • Even without All-American Landon Turner (now with the NFL New Orleans Saints), this line could be as good as the 2015 line that led the nation averaging 7.28 yards per offensive play.
  • The spread system run by HC Larry Fedora requires not the biggest OL unit, but one that is smart, nimble and consistent – and one that has had the Joe Moore Award committee take notice.

WISCONSIN @ MICHIGAN STATE – 12:00 Noon ET on Big Ten Network
MATCHUP SUMMARY via The Scouting Academy

The overall matchup will depend on if the Wisconsin offensive line can contain Malik McDowell creating havoc anywhere on the line. If they can confuse McDowell with inside zone and power plays they have a better shot at winning this game. Michigan State has more athletic guys up front, so it will be essential for Wisconsin to keep Michigan State guessing, which will give them a better chance to win this game. Overall, both teams have good competitive toughness, so it will be a great game in the trenches watching each line and how they handle key situations on 3rd downs, 4th downs and in the Redzone.

Wisconsin Badgers Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • After uncharacteristically struggling to run the football last season, it looks like this year’s unit is playing typical, physical Badger football and has seized the attention of the Joe Moore Award voting committee.
  • Wisconsin’s OL has played a major role in its 3-0 record to start the season, including its opening week win over SEC powerhouse LSU, with a defense led by former Badger DC Dave Aranda.
  • In that game, the unit controlled the line of scrimmage and Wisconsin held the ball for a total of 36.57 for the game and averaged nearly fie yards per offensive play.
  • After a sub-par performance in a too-close win over Georgia State in Week 3, the Badgers will look to prove they are legit against a stingy Spartan defense that leads all Big 10 teams in giving up only 72 rushing yards per game and only 2.48 yards per carry.
  • The Badgers hope to see the return of key injured player – including starting RB Corey Clement – as they begin a four-game stretch all against Top 25 teams. Consistency – and finishing drives – in those games would keep the Wisconsin OL squarely in the Joe Moore Award sights.

Michigan State Spartans Offensive Line Unit Game Notes

  • The Spartan OL is featured in this week’s JMA “Big Ugly Spotlight” following its impressive performance last week in 36-28 road win over #18 Notre Dame. 
  • Even after losing three key players from last year’s stellar unit, Offensive Line Coach Mark Staten continues pushing for “one more yard” with seven players playing considerable, meaningful snaps. 
  • In that game against the Irish, the Spartans OL unit led the way with more than 250 rushing yards on designed run plays, and allowed the offense to rack up 501 yard of total offense. 
  • The unit surrendered no sacks against a blitz heavy Irish defense and signal caller Tyler O’Connor was only hurried twice. 
  • In a performance reminiscent of last year’s ball control unit, Michigan State dominated against the Irish with a 37.57 time of possession.

About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award annually recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The inaugural Joe Moore Award went to Alabama in 2015.

About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and brings that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JoeMooreAward.

About the Scouting Academy

The Scouting Academy is an online-based instructional curriculum designed to better educate students in the player evaluation process of National Football League teams. Established by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, and taught by instructors with over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience, The Academy establishes a new standard in education for students seeking to enter the NFL in a player personnel capacity. By utilizing an online platform, The Scouting Academy offers a 16-week comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop at their own pace.

This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight” Means A Great Big Saturday Night

This Week’s Joe Moore Award “Big Ugly Spotlight” Means A Great Big Saturday Night

Games feature USC vs. Stanford, Ohio State vs. Oklahoma, Michigan State vs. Notre Dame and Cal vs. Texas


NEW YORK, New York – September 13, 2016— In its continuing effort to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football, the Joe Moore Award is featuring four games in this week’s “Big Ugly Spotlight”. The list for Week three features games that will be played under the Saturday night lights, including USC vs. Stanford, Ohio State vs. Oklahoma, Michigan State vs. Notre Dame and Cal vs. Texas.

On a weekly basis, the Joe Moore Award will provide analysis for the upcoming weekend’s featured games. Stay tuned for Joe Moore Honor Rolls, which will recognize outstanding offensive line play, culminating with the announcement of the 2016 winner of the Joe Moore Award after the conclusion of the regular season.

Also, this week we are introducing our Spotlight “Power Breakdown” featuring in-depth analysis provided by the team at The Scouting Academy, an online-based instructional curriculum whose instructors bring over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience.


WEEK 3 “BIG UGLY SPOTLIGHT” LIST FOR GAMES ON SEPTEMBER 17

“POWER BREAKDOWN” – USC @ STANFORD – 8:00pm ET on ABC

In this big, early-season Pac 12 matchup, the young Stanford O-line unit will look to continually improve in front of All-American Christian McCaffery. The USC unit, which is working to live up to its lofty pre-season expectations, will focus on pass protection against one of the best pass rushing defenses in the country.

USC Offensive Line Unit Overview:

The USC Trojans’ run a pro-style offense that employs both Zone and Power running concepts combined with quick screens, play action (PA) passes, and Rollouts. They run a six-man protection scheme on 3rd downs using the back as a check/release option. The USC offensive line is at its best when it’s a power-blocking unit, as that utilizes their play strength and drive blocking ability to move defenders at the point of attack (POA). The leader on the offensive line for the Trojans is LT Chad Wheeler, who displays good initial burst off the ball and is at his best in Pass Protection, where a smooth transition in his kick-slide and good play strength work to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage (LOS). The Trojans have had to move some pieces around early in the season and go to their number two center on the depth chart, Nico Falah, due to a torn ACL suffered by starting Center Toa Lobendahn. Injuries were a problem in 2015 for this unit as well, but they finished the year strong and have a chance to do so again in 2016.

Stanford’s Defense Overview:

Stanford plays a “3-4 defense” that uses a multiple front, using up to six different defensive linemen with three linebackers rushing from the edge. Stanford’s defensive line overall gets off the ball solidly with the ability to use their hands well. Solomon Thomas (#90) plays all over the interior of the left side of the line and is undoubtedly the most athletic and explosive defensive lineman the Cardinals have. He provides good play strength at the POA and demonstrates his ability to put consistent pressure as an interior rusher. Harrison Phillips (#66), who is the Cardinal’s nose tackle, will also make plays on the interior of the LOS using a solid bull rush to collapse the pocket with good play strength to reset the LOS.

Stanford Offensive Line Unit Overview:

Stanford utilizes a power run game built on Gap/Man concepts, looking to create running lanes for Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey. Good strength and competitive toughness can be seen across the line with this unit, which returns two starters from 2015 (LT Tucker and RG Caspers). This group features good power and athletic ability, and they’ll be looking to feature the run and shore up some pass protection issues they had in Week 1 against Kansas State.     

USC Defense Overview:

USC showed two primary alignments in its first game against Alabama: an even front with two interior linemen and two stand-up edge defenders, and a 3-4. Noah Jefferson and Stevie Tu’ikolovatu were the starters inside, with Rasheem Green coming in on passing downs and taking the majority of snaps when Jefferson went out of the game in the 2nd quarter with a shoulder injury. Overall, the group shows a good mix of athleticism and power, with Jefferson and Green showing the potential to develop into very good players. Unfortunately, Jefferson is questionable for the Stanford game due to the previously mentioned shoulder injury.

OHIO STATE @ OKLAHOMA – 7:30pm ET on FOX

A dominant second half against Tulsa (259 total yards and 4 TDs) showed what kind of performance the Ohio State offensive line can deliver and they look to continue that momentum against the Sooners. After a tough loss to Houston, Oklahoma bounced back big against University of Louisiana-Monroe and will play hungry to show everyone they are still a legit contender.

MICHIGAN STATE @ NOTRE DAME – 7:30pm ET on NBC

The Spartan offensive line, led by outstanding O-line coach Mark Staten, will face its first major test of the season on the road in South Bend. The Fighting Irish O-Line unit will work to continue play that has racked up an average of 444 yards and 43 points per game this season, but they’ll have lots to prove against a defense led by linebacker Riley Bullough and defensive tackle Malik McDowell.

CAL @ TEXAS – 10:30pm ET on ESPN/ESPN2

A red hot Texas team comes into the weekend with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2012 and will continue to improve their balanced offensive attack. Despite injuries forcing the Longhorns to play eight different linemen in the first two games, Texas is still averaging 204 yards rushing and 466.5 yards of offense per game.  After a heart breaking loss to San Diego State, the Bears offensive line will look to build on a campaign that has already seen them post a whopping 617 yards of total offense per game, led by QB Davis Webb and their three-headed running beast in Vic Enwere, Khalfani Muhammed and Tre Watson (averaging more than 151 yards rushing, collectively).


About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JoeMooreAward.


About the Scouting Academy

The Scouting Academy is an online-based instructional curriculum designed to better educate students in the player evaluation process of National Football League teams. Established by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, and taught by instructors with over 350 years of NFL front office and coaching experience, The Academy establishes a new standard in education for students seeking to enter the NFL in a player personnel capacity. By utilizing an online platform, The Scouting Academy offers a 16-week comprehensive curriculum that allows students to develop at their own pace.

JOE MOORE AWARD “BIG UGLY SPOTLIGHT” FOR WEEK 2

JOE MOORE AWARD “BIG UGLY SPOTLIGHT” FOR WEEK 2

Games Feature Western Kentucky vs. Alabama, Cal vs. San Diego State, and Notre Dame vs. Nevada


In its continuing effort to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football, the Joe Moore Award is featuring three games in this week’s “Big Ugly Spotlight”. The list for Week 2 features Western Kentucky vs. Alabama, Cal vs. San Diego State and Notre Dame vs. Nevada.

On a weekly basis, the Joe Moore Award will provide analysis for the upcoming weekend’s featured games. Stay tuned for Joe Moore Honor Rolls, which will recognize outstanding offensive line play, culminating with the announcement of the 2016 winner of the Joe Moore Award after the conclusion of the regular season.


Week 2 "Big Ugly Spotlight" List for Games on September 10 

 

WESTERN KENTUCKY @ ALABAMA – 3:30pm EST on ESPN2

Even though the Alabama offensive line has many new faces,  the Tide O-line showed signs of dominance in last week’s win over USC. Head coach Nick Saban will be looking for the unit to continue to “improve its consistency and technique”, and if they do, they could potentially make another run at this year’s award. The Western Kentucky unit is led by senior Forrest Lamp, a Second Team All American in 2015 and surefire NFL prospect. In a dominant win over conference rival Rice last week, the Hilltoppers racked up 46 points and 649 yards in total offense. A similar effort, or more, will be necessary against one of the best defensive lines in the country.

CAL @ SAN DIEGO STATE – 10:30pm EST on CBS Sports Network

After the long road trip to Australia and a 51-31 win over Hawaii, the Cal O-line has had time to recover and will look to continue to rally around Davis Webb, who has replaced Jared Goff, the first round pick of the LA Rams. The Bears’ experienced unit will have a more difficult challenge against a tough San Diego State 3-3-5 defense that was #2 in the country in takeaways (34) a year ago. They allowed only 141 yards of total offense in shutting out New Hampshire in a 31-0 opening day win. In that game, the Aztecs offensive line led the way to a balanced attack that produced 170 rushing yards and 283 yards passing.

NOTRE DAME vs. NEVADA– 3:30pm EST on NBC

The good news for Nevada is that Notre Dame comes off a short week and a heartbreaking loss to Texas. In that loss, the Irish defensive line struggled at times to slow down their opponent, and the Nevada O-line unit has the experience to go into this matchup with some confidence. The bad news for the Wolf Pack is that their defense – which was dominated by Cal Poly just last week – will now face one of the best O-line units in the country. Whether the Fighting Irish continue rotating quarterbacks or commit to DeShone Kizer, expect the Notre Dame offense to also try to get their ground game going behind a unit coached by one of the best OL coaches in the country, Harry Heistand.  


About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit. The award will annually recognize the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, consistency, technique, and “finishing”. The voting committee is comprised of college football experts, especially people who played or coached the offensive line position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media.


About the Foundation for Teamwork

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at facebook.com/JoeMooreAward.

Joe Moore Award Announces "BIG UGLY SPOTLIGHT"

Joe Moore Award Announces "BIG UGLY SPOTLIGHT"

The Road to the Championship Will Run through the Trenches in These Games


NEW YORK, New York – August 31, 2016— The Joe Moore Award announced today their first annual “Big Ugly Spotlight” list for the 2016 college football season. The list highlights games on every weekend of the regular season that will feature outstanding offensive lines and matchups.

“In the first year of the Joe Moore Award, we went a long way to help educate fans on how important the offensive line is to winning football,” said Aaron Taylor, CBS CFB Analyst and Chairman of the Joe Moore Award Voting Committee. “This year, we hope to take that a step further by, among many other ways, preparing fans to watch games with an eye on the big guys up front. It is no coincidence that all six of the 2015 finalists played in major bowl games at the end of the season.”
 

The Initial 2016 "Big Ugly Spotlight" List


The list includes teams from eleven conferences, including the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, ACC, PAC 12, SEC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, MAC, Conference USA and AAC. More games may be added as additional O-Line Units emerge from the pack. 


SEPTEMBER 1
Tennessee vs. Appalachian State

SEPTEMBER 3
LSU @ Wisconsin (Lambeau Field)
USC vs. Alabama (Neutral)
Georgia vs. North Carolina (Neutral)
Toledo vs. Arkansas State

SEPTEMBER 4
Notre Dame @ Texas

SEPTEMBER 10
Western Kentucky @ Alabama
CAL @ San Diego State
Notre Dame vs. Nevada

SEPTEMBER 17
USC @ Stanford
Ohio State @ Oklahoma
Michigan State @ Notre Dame
CAL @ Texas

SEPTEMBER 23
Utah vs. USC

SEPTEMBER 24
PITT @ North Carolina
Stanford @ UCLA

SEPTEMBER 30
Toledo @ BYU

OCTOBER 1
North Carolina @ FSU
Tennessee @ Georgia
Wisconsin @ Michigan
Michigan State @ Indiana
Air Force vs. Navy

OCTOBER 8
Alabama @ Arkansas
Indiana @ Ohio State
Florida State @ Miami
Oklahoma @ Texas (Cotton Bowl)

OCTOBER 15
Alabama @ Tennessee
Ohio State @ Wisconsin
North Carolina @ Miami
Stanford @ Notre Dame
Toledo vs. Bowling Green

OCTOBER 22
Wisconsin @ Iowa
UCLA vs. Utah

OCTOBER 27 (Thu)
CAL @ USC

OCTOBER 29
Clemson @ FSU
Michigan @ MSU
Miami @ Notre Dame

NOVEMBER 5
Alabama @ LSU
PITT @ Miami

NOVEMBER 12
PITT @ Clemson
Michigan @ Iowa
LSU @ Arkansas
SDSU vs. Nevada

NOVEMBER 19
Indiana @ Michigan
Ohio State @ Michigan State
Standford @ CAL
USC @ UCLA

NOVEMBER 26
Notre Dame @ USC
Michigan @ Ohio State
UCLA @ CAL

On a weekly basis, the Joe Moore Award will revisit the list to highlight new games and to provide more analysis for the upcoming weekend’s featured games. Stay tuned also for Joe Moore Honor Rolls which will begin to recognize outstanding offensive line play, culminating ultimately with the announcement of the 2016 winner of the Joe Moore Award after the conclusion of the regular season.


About the Joe Moore Award

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit. The award will annually recognize the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, consistency, technique, and “finishing”. The voting committee is comprised of college football experts, especially people who played or coached the offensive line position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. 


About the Foundation for Teamwork 

The Foundation for Teamwork is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering teamwork in all societal endeavors and bring that spirit of collective achievement to athletics, education, and organizations. Find out more at joemooreaward.com and follow the Joe Moore Award on Twitter (@joemooreaward), Instagram (@joemooreaward), and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JoeMooreAward.

Aaron Taylor Nominated For College Football Hall Of Fame

Aaron Taylor Nominated For College Football Hall Of Fame

 

Lombardi Award Winner Excels On and Off Field


IRVING, Texas – June 9, 2016 — The National Football Foundation (NFF) has nominated Aaron Taylor, founder of the Joe Moore Award and current college football analyst with CBS Sports, for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Taylor is one of 75 Football Bowl Subdivision candidates, of which only 9 are offensive linemen, nominated for the 2017 Class.

As a senior offensive tackle at Notre Dame in 1993, Taylor was the winner of the Lombardi Award, earned a unanimous first-team All-America selection in 1993 and was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy. He also received Notre Dame Lineman of the Year Award from Moose Krause Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame and was voted by teammates as recipient of the Nick Pietrosante Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the courage, dedication and pride of the late All-American fullback.  After starting 30 games straight to end his college career and earning his bachelor’s degree in sociology, Taylor was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of 1994 NFL draft and started on the team that won the Super Bowl in 1997. 

“Based on his superior play on the field, there is no doubt that Aaron is a legitimate candidate for the Hall of Fame,” said Tim Brown, the 1987 Heisman winner from Notre Dame who was elected to the Hall in 2009. “Even more impressive is what he has done off the field, not only for college football but more importantly for children and others in need.”

After his playing career, he founded the Aaron Taylor Impact Fund, which strives to bridge the gap between those who have and those who need. In the spring of 2001, Taylor participated in a five-month volunteer placement program and taught English to high school students in South America. Taylor has won several awards for mentoring children and for his work with athletes in transition. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife, Lina, and their two children and, along with his leadership in furthering the Joe Moore Award and the Joe Moore Foundation for Teamwork, he is active in promoting awareness about sleep apnea.

“I applaud the NFF and the Hall of Fame for their focus on not just great football players, but great men – men who carry the ideals of football into society and contribute to their communities,” said Jimbo Covert, Pittsburgh offensive tackle and 2003 inductee into the Hall of Fame. “With all of his charity work and his dedication to his family, Aaron embodies that notion and is an obvious candidate for the Hall of Fame.” 

The ballot for the 2017 Class was emailed last week to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers who can vote until June 20. Those votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which deliberate and select the class. The announcement of the 2017 Class will be made Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.

Alabama Wins Joe Moore Award As Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit

Alabama Wins Joe Moore Award As Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit

 

Helped Lead RB Derrick Henry to Heisman


TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – December 16, 2015 — In a surprise presentation on the University of Alabama campus, The Joe Moore Foundation for Teamwork announced today that the Alabama offensive line is the winner of the 2015 Joe Moore Award for the Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit in College Football. 

As the first-ever recipient of college football’s biggest trophy, Alabama was selected as the winning Unit by a voting committee comprised solely of people who played or coached the offensive line position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches and colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. The Crimson Tide were selected over fellow finalists Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Stanford.

In winning the SEC championship and a berth in the College Football Playoffs, Alabama featured a power game that allowed them to finish fourth in the nation in time of possession. The physical play of their offensive line Unit led the way for the record-breaking season of RB Derrick Henry, who broke Hershel Walker’s SEC single-season rushing record on his way to winning several post-season awards, including the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award as the nation’s top player, along with the Doak Walker Award as it’s top running back. 

The Alabama Offensive Line

Offensive Line Coach – Mario Cristobal
Head Coach – Nick Saban
Starting Line

LT Cam Robinson SO #74    
LG Ross Pierschbacher RS FR #71    
OC Ryan Kelly SR #70
RG Alphonse Taylor JR #50    
RT Dominick Jackson SR #76


“Many voters shared how impressed they were with the physicality and athleticism of the Crimson Tide’s unit, and they are a very worthy winner in what turned out to be an extremely close vote,” said Aaron Taylor, CBS Sports CFB Analyst and Chairman of the Joe Moore Award Voting Committee. “The film shows them exploding off of the ball, getting to the second level, and working to finish plays, which is the hallmark of outstanding offensive line play.“ 

In honor of the first-ever Joe Moore Award winner, the Joe Moore Foundation for Teamwork will be making a $15,000 donation on behalf of Alabama to the AthLife Foundation, whose mission is to ensure that in our nation’s most challenged communities, deserving student athletes can achieve academically and prepare to compete successfully in their future careers beyond sport.

“The mission of the Joe Moore Foundation is a perfect match for our cause and we look forward to a long partnership with them into the future,” said Jon Harris, President of the AthLife Foundation. “We congratulate Alabama on this award and recognize what made them so successful – hard work and teamwork. They will be an inspiration to all of the student athletes we support.”

The actual Joe Moore Award trophy, crafted by legendary sports sculptor Jerry McKenna, is the largest trophy in college football and weighs more than 350 pounds. Along with Alabama and the other Finalists, the trophy will be the subject of a CBS Sports Network special scheduled to air in early January.

Joe Moore Award Unveils College Football’s Largest Trophy

Joe Moore Award Unveils College Football’s Largest Trophy

O-Line Units Will Receive O-Line Sized Recognition


NEW YORK, New York – December 4, 2015 – The Joe Moore Foundation for Teamwork today unveiled the JOE MOORE AWARD trophy, the largest in college football, to be given annually to recognize the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit.  The award is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  

“The Joe Moore Award was never meant to be just another trophy or college football award,” said Jimbo Covert, Hall of Fame lineman at Pitt and current member of the JMA voting committee. “It was meant to embody the very things that define both the offensive line position and the game of football itself: teamwork and toughness,” 

The bronze trophy for the Joe Moore Award will go to the Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit in college football and, at more than 350 pounds, is the largest trophy in college football.

The trophy, with players that each stand more than two feet tall, will travel to each winning school’s campus and stay there until the following year’s winner is announced.

The Joe Moore Award trophy, built by a team led by legendary sports sculptor Jerry McKenna, is sandblasted in preparation for its unveiling.

The trophy, created by legendary sports sculptor Jerry McKenna, depicts all five offensive linemen just before their moment of truth, as they prepare to control the line of scrimmage. A bas-relief on the base features the likeness of Joe Moore. The bronze trophy weighs in at the size of a large lineman – about 350 pounds – and is five feet wide by four feet tall. Each player stands approximately 26 inches tall and their numbers (50, 60, 70) represent the historical designations for each position. The granite and walnut base was designed and built by The James Vanderlin Co., located in South Williamsport, PA, not far from where Joe Moore grew up. 

“The trophy is big, heavy and features a bunch of ‘big uglies’ – a true representation of our offensive line fraternity,” said Aaron Taylor, CBS Sports CFB Analyst and Chairman of the Joe Moore Award Voting Committee. “It takes all five linemen to win it, it should take all five to lift it!”

The trophy’s bas-relief includes the likeness of Joe Moore, considered one of the greatest offensive line coaches in college football history

A pedestal, which will feature a plaque commemorating the coaches and players of each winning Unit, will join the trophy as it travels from school to school each year. “The award is bigger than football, it’s a mini-monument to working hard and working together,” said Taylor. “By traveling every year to the campus of the winning Unit, we hope it will inspire others to make an impact in their own ways, by working hard and working together.”

In recognition of the impact he had on their lives, friends, family, players and colleagues of Coach Moore donated all of the funds required to create the trophy.

Final voting for the Joe Moore Award is currently underway and will decide a winner among the Finalists: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Stanford. The winner will be announced in mid-December.


About Jerry McKenna


A former Air Force officer and decorated Vietnam veteran, his early recognition came from his bronze portraits of famous Air Force leaders, including General Billy Mitchell.  Jerry was named the 2003 Sports Sculptor of the Year by the All-American Football Foundation in recognition of his 17 portrait busts in the Pro Hall of Fame, his sculpture of Knute Rockne at the College Football Hall of Fame, Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch for the University of Wisconsin, and many others. In September 2014, the NCAA listed two of his works as the Best Sculptures in College Football: the Ara Parseghian came in at No. 5 and The Four Horsemen was No. 1.

Joe Moore Award Announces 2015 Finalists

Joe Moore Award Announces 2015 Finalists

Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Stanford


NEW YORK, New York – November 30, 2015— The Joe Moore Foundation for Teamwork announced today six Finalists for the 2015 Joe Moore Award, given to the top offensive line unit in college football. The Finalists are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Stanford.

“As with every college football award, as the season progresses, the cream tends to rise to the top,” said Aaron Taylor, Chairman of the Voting Committee. “We have reviewed game film and evaluated team performance all year – including the last game of the regular season – so we know many O-line Units performed well this year. We also know these six teams earned their place as the Finalists through superior teamwork and toughness.”

Voting for the final Joe Moore Award Winning Unit will begin this afternoon and be completed by midnight on Sunday, December 6th. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches and colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. 

The winner will be announced by Friday, December 11th and will be the recipient of what is expected to be the largest trophy in college football history. The actual trophy, crafted by legendary sports sculptor Jerry McKenna, is expected to weigh more than 350 pounds and will be the subject of a CBS Sports Network special in mid-December. The trophy will be unveiled later this week after its expected completion.

 

The following O-lines earned a spot as Finalist, in alphabetical order (overall record):


Alabama (11-1) – Benefitting from a much needed bye week, the Tide’s strong finish down the stretch is directly proportional to the play of their offensive line. In their final regular season win over Auburn, Alabama dominated the line of scrimmage with 465 total yards, including 286 rushing yards on 50 carries. They did not allow a sack and the offense held the ball for 35:23. For the season, the offensive line cleared a path for Heisman Trophy candidate Derrick Henry to lead the nation in rushing and set school records for rushing yards (1,797) and rushing touchdowns (22).

Offensive Line Coach: Mario Cristobal
Head Coach: Nick Saban
Players:
LT         Cam Robinson SO #74                        
LG         Ross Pierschbacher RS FR #71                    
OC         Ryan Kelly SR #70                    
RG         Alphonse Taylor JR #50                        
RT         Dominick Jackson SR #76            

    

Arkansas (7-5) – The same Hogs O-line Unit started every game and weighs in at over a combined 1,600 pounds, the largest offensive line of any NFL or Power 5 team for the second straight year. The Arkansas offense led the SEC in scoring during conference games (34.4) and finished the regular season in the national top 25 in several statistical categories: they are 3rd in time of possession (34:07), 18th in tackles for loss allowed per game (4.75), 8th in sacks allowed per game (1.0) and 19th in Red Zone touchdowns (36).

Offensive Line Coach: Sam Pittman
Head Coach: Bret Bielema
Players:
LT         Denver Kirkland JR #55        
LG         Sebastian Tretola SR #73        
C         Mitch Smothers SR #65            
RG         Frank Ragnow SO #72        
RT         Dan Skipper JR #70            

 

Iowa (12-0) – The Hawkeyes finished the regular season 12-0 for the first time in school history.  Iowa’s O-Line Unit consistently controlled the line of scrimmage and often ran the ball well enough to end several games with the ball in their possession. In winning the Big Ten West Division, Iowa ranked in the top five in the conference in several offensive statistical categories, including scoring offense, total offense, rushing offense, time of possession and Red Zone conversions.

Offensive Line Coach: Brian Ferentz
Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz
Players:
LT      Boone Myers RS SO #52     
LG     Sean Welsh RS SO #79                        
OC     Austin Blythe SR #63                         
RG    Jordan Walsh SR #65
RT     Cole Croston JR #64        
T       Ike Boettger RS SO #75
G      James Daniels FR #78

 

Michigan State (11-1) – With a huge win over Ohio State and dominant performance against Penn State, Michigan State continues to build its case for a spot in the CFP final four. Despite a season that involved an unusual amount of injuries up front and featured six different starting lineups, the Spartan’s O-Line was consistently among the most physical units in the country, displaying versatility and depth at all five positions. The Michigan State O-line ranks 3rd in the Big Ten Conference and 19th in the nation in sacks allowed per game (1.25).

Offensive Line Coach: Mark Staten
Head Coach: Mark Dantonio
Players:
LT     Jack Conklin RS JR #74                     
LG     Brian Allen SO #65            
OC     Jack Allen RS SR #66                
RG     Donavon Clark RS SR #76        
RT     Kodi Kieler RS JR #79        
G Benny McGowan RS JR #75
G Brandon Clemons RS SR #64

 

Notre Dame (10-2) – Despite two close losses and injuries to several key players (including their top 2 RBs), the Irish fought through to a 10-2 season, due in part to the consistent and physical play of their O-line Unit. Notre Dame finished the regular season ranked 5th in average yards per rushing attempt (5.76). In setting the tone during the second half of games, the Irish ranked 2nd in the nation in yards per rush (7.2) in the 3rd quarter. And the Irish were successful no matter who was carrying the football, as freshman RB Josh Adams finished the regular season averaging 7.3 yards per carry, ranking him second in the nation among Power 5 RBs with 100+ carries.

Offensive Line Coach: Harry Hiestand
Head Coach: Brian Kelly
Players:
LT         Ronnie Stanley SR #78                     
LG         Quenton Nelson SO #56        
OC         Nick Martin GR #72        
RG         Steve Elmer JR  #79    
RT         Mike McGlinchey JR #68        
LG         Alex Bars SO #71

 

Stanford (10-2) – With their thrilling victory over Notre Dame, Stanford navigated one of the toughest schedules in the country to make their way into the CFP conversation. The Pac-12 North Division champion Cardinal lead the nation in time of possession (35.21) and their running game ranks 22nd in the nation in yards per game (222.00) despite seeing predominantly seven- and eight-man boxes from defenses. The O-line Unit has paved the way for its backs to average 3 yards per carry before contact (among the best in the nation for a pro style offense), assisting the incredible season by Christian McCaffrey, who leads the nation in total all-purpose yards per game (252.9).

Offensive Line Coach: Mike Bloomgren
Head Coach: David Shaw
Players:
LT         Kyle Murphy SR #78            
LG         Joshua Garnett SR #51        
OC         Graham Shuler SR #52                
RG         Johnny Caspers SR #57        
RT         Casey Tucker SO #77            
Jumbo TE Nick Davidson SR #66

 


Joe Moore Award Announces 2015 Semi-Finalists

Joe Moore Award Announces 2015 Semi-Finalists

Twenty Units Earn Honor Through Tough, Physical Play

NEW YORK, New York – November 16, 2015 — The Joe Moore Foundation for Teamwork announced today 20 Semi-Finalists for the 2015 Joe Moore Award, given to the top offensive line unit in college football.

For games played through November 14, the 2015 Joe Moore Award Semi-Finalists have a combined record of 159-37 and represent eight conferences: ACC (6), PAC-12 (4), SEC (3), BIG TEN (3), AAC (1), BIG-12 (1), MAC (1), INDEPENDENT(1). Combined, these teams average 450.08 total yards per game (compared to national average of 412.8) and 217.25 rushing yards per game (national average 178.25). The following O-lines earned a spot as Semi-Finalists, in alphabetical order (overall record):

North Carolina (9-1)
Notre Dame (9-1)
Ohio State (10-0)
Oregon (7-3)
Pittsburgh (7-3)
Stanford (8-2)
Toledo (8-1)
USC (7-3)
Utah (8-2)
Virginia Tech (5-5)

Alabama (9-1)
Arkansas (6-4)
Baylor (8-1)
Clemson (10-0)
Duke (6-4)
Florida St (8-2)
Iowa (10-0)
LSU (7-2)
Michigan State (9-1)
Navy (8-1)


“This season is truly shaping up to be the Year of the Lineman with an increased emphasis on tough, physical play at the line of scrimmage,” said Aaron Taylor, CBS CFB Analyst and Chairman of the Joe Moore Award Voting Committee. “It has been a pleasure to see these O-lines grow together into cohesive units and their play has translated into success for their teams. The cream has started rising to the top and we’re looking forward to watching the film in the coming weeks to see which units separate themselves even further down the stretch.”

The five Joe Moore Award finalists will be named on Monday, November 30th and the winner will be announced the week of December 7th.

The JOE MOORE AWARD is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.  The award will annually recognize the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone setting and finishing. The voting committee is comprised solely of people who played or coached the position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches, colleagues of Coach Moore and select media. 


Joe Moore Award Semi-Finalists*:

*The Joe Moore Award units are judged solely on six (6) criteria: Toughness, Effort, Teamwork, Physicality, Tone Setting, and Finishing. Evaluations are made primarily through review of actual game film and, as there are no current statistics that support the award criteria directly, statistics are provided merely as a point of reference.

Alabama (9-1) – The Tide O-line has steadily improved over the season, leading Heisman-hopeful Derrick Henry to three 200-yard rushing games in the last four games and a rushing TD in 15 straight games – the longest streak by an SEC player in the last 20 seasons. In dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, Alabama is 11th in the nation in time of possession (33:17).

Arkansas (6-4) – After early season struggles, the Arkansas O-line has hit its stride during the team’s four-game winning streak, including their upset of #9 LSU this weekend.  The Hogs offense ranks in the top 25 in several statistical categories: they are 5th in time of possession (33:43), 6th in tackles for loss allowed per game (4.1), 14th in sacks allowed per game (1.1) and 21st in average yards per rushing attempt (5.22).

Baylor (8-1) – Despite their first loss, the Baylor offense continues its torrid pace, leading the nation in scoring offense with an average of 54.8 point per game and in total yards with 637.9 yards per game. Much credit goes to an experienced O-line unit, which has six linemen with 16 or more career starts (Spencer Drango 43, Kyle Fuller 21, Blake Muir 20, Desmine Hilliard 18, Jarell Broxton 16, Pat Colbert 16). 

Clemson (10-0) – With a completely rebuilt O-line unit as compared to last season, the Clemson offense has been successful in all phases on their way to the #1 CFP ranking. The Tigers have rushed for more than 200 yards in four straight games and have done a great job protecting quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is 4th in the nation in completion percentage and 14th in passing efficiency.

Duke (6-4) – Averaging 5.44 yards per rush on first down, the Duke O-line unit has established its presence at the line of scrimmage. They have given up only nine sacks all season, which ranks 5th in the nation, and only allow 3.8 tackles for loss per game, good for 4th in the nation.

Florida St (8-2) – Led by his O-line unit, sophomore RB Dalvin Cook is 6th in the nation with 1,369 rushing yards, breaking Warrick Dunn’s team rushing record with two regular season games yet to play. As a team, the Seminoles are averaging 5.47 yard per rushing attempt and rank 12th in the nation in that category.

Iowa (10-0) – Off to their first 10-0 start in school history, the Hawkeyes have built a reputation as one of the most physical teams in the country under Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, who was an OL assistant for Joe Moore at Pitt in 1980. Iowa has scored more than 30 in four consecutive Big Ten Conference games for the first time in school history and ranks 6th in the nation in time of possession (33:33).

LSU (7-2) – The Tigers have lost two games in a row, but the body of work by their O-line unit for the 2015 season is still among the best in the country. They are 4th in the nation in yards per rushing attempt (5.98) and 10th in the nation in rushing yards per game (253.00). Leonard Fournette still leads the nation with 1,474 rushing yards and has scored 17 TDs on the ground.

Michigan State (8-1) – Recent struggles and injuries have cast a shadow on the Spartan’s O-line season, but they are still among the most physical units in the country. The Spartans have scored at least 24 points in 25 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in college football. The Michigan State O-line ranks 2nd in the Big Ten Conference in sacks allowed per game (1.3) and is 3rd in the league in passing offense with 253.9 yards per game through the air.

Navy (8-1) – With the smallest starting center (Blaze Ryder, 5’11”/277) and right tackle (Brandon Greene, 6’3”/265 in the country, the Navy O-line unit has been dominant throughout their undefeated American Athletic conference season, helping QB Keenan Reynolds set a new NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns (81). The Midshipmen are ranked in the top 10 in several offensive categories: 1st in Red Zone conversions (97.62%), 1st in fewest penalty yards per game (29.1), 2nd in rushing yards per game (335.00), and 10th in tackles allowed for loss (4.22).

North Carolina (9-1) – With nine straight wins, the Tar Heels are in the midst of their longest in-season win streak since 1914 and their prolific offense is a big reason why. Over the last two weeks, they have a school-record 125 total points and rank 9th in the nation in scoring averaging 42 points per game. The O-line unit has both protected the passing game and driven the running game, ranking 14th in the nation in sacks allowed per game (1.1) and 9th in tackles for loss allowed per game (4.2).

Notre Dame (9-1) – The Fighting Irish continue their “next man up” season, cracking the top four CFP rankings despite numerous injuries to key players, many along the offensive line. In the process, the Notre Dame O-line unit has emerged as a consistent force at the line of scrimmage, no matter who is in the backfield. In their 28-7 victory over Wake Forest, Freshman RB Josh Adams replaced injured tailback C.J. Prosise and ran for 141 yards, including a 98-yard TD run that set a new record as the longest play from scrimmage in Notre Dame history.

Ohio State (10-0) – The defending National Champions keep on rolling and RB Ezekiel Elliott ran for his 15th consecutive game with 100 or more rushing yards. Overall, the Buckeyes O-line has led the way for a rushing attack that ranks 6th in the nation in yards per attempt (5.69) and 11th in rushing yards per game (244.8). They lead the Big Ten in rushing offense and in scoring, averaging 36.4 points per game.

Oregon (7-3) – The Ducks won their fourth straight game with an upset win over #7 Stanford, scoring more points (38) than the Cardinal have given up in a single game all season. For the season, Oregon is 4th in the nation in rushing offense (297.4/game), 3rd in yards per rushing attempt (6.18) and 10th in the nation in scoring (41.8 points per game).

Pittsburgh (7-3) – The Panther’s 92-yard, 6:14 TD drive to open the game against Duke was typical of their ball control offense, led by their O-line unit. Pitt ranks 14th in the country in time of possession (33:07) and always comes out to play in the second half - Pitt has outscored its opponents 83-29 in the third quarter this season.

Stanford (8-2) – Stanford leads the nation in time of possession (35.58) and still controls their own destiny in the Pac 12’s North Division, despite the loss to Oregon. The Cardinal running game ranks 16th in the nation in yards per game (225.10) and the O-line has paved the way for the incredible season by Christian McCaffrey, who leads the nation in total yards from scrimmage (1,721).

Toledo (8-1) - The Toledo O-line unit has led a balanced attack and owned the line of scrimmage, ranking 1st in the nation in tackles allowed for loss per game (3.22) and giving up only 5 sacks all season, which ranks them 2nd in the nation in sacks allowed per game (0.22). They lead the MAC with an average of 5.26 yards per rushing attempt and they are 13th in the nation in 3rd down conversions (47.92%).

USC (7-3) – The Trojans have won four games in a row and played their way back into Pac 12 contention, led by a balanced attack. Behind the USC O-line unit, QB Cody Kessler leads the Pac 12 in passing efficiency with a rating of 162.89 and freshman RB Ronald Jones II leads all Pac 12 backs with more than 100 carries in yards per attempt (7.14).

Utah (8-2) – Workhorse RB Devontae Booker has tallied a lot of carries – and a lot of yards – behind the Utes’ O-line Unit. After his 34-carry, 145-yard performance against Arizona, Booker now has 1,261 yards and 11 rushing TDs, earned on 268 rushing attempts, the most in the nation. 

Virginia Tech (5-5) – For the Hokies O-line unit, statistics definitely do not tell the whole story. For a variety of reasons, Virginia Tech has played 14 different Offensive Lineman this season. Despite this, as well as playing without their starting QB for much of the season, game film shows that the Hokies offensive line has exhibited the Joe Moore Award criteria this season and are clearly well coached and give great effort.