Projecting Every Conference's Best O-Line in 2021 College Football Season (2023)

Projecting Every Conference's Best O-Line in 2021 College Football Season

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    Ohio State's Nicholas Petit-Frere (78), Enokk Vimahi (66) and Trey Leroux (69)Paul Vernon/Associated Press

    There might not be a more important position group in college football than the offensive line.

    While the team with the best O-line won't necessarily win its conference, you can take it to the bank that the team with the worst O-line won't win many games. An average quarterback can look great with elite pocket protection, and any average running back can scamper through holes the size of a French door, but unless you've got otherworldly athletes like Michael Vick or Barry Sanders, you can't do much on offense without good blocking.

    So, which teams figure to be the best in that department in 2021?

    Rather than our tried-and-true approach of ranking the 10 best (insert position group) in the country, we wanted to make sure to show some love to more than just the occasional Group of Five team. Thus, we're taking a conference-by-conference look at the various position groups for the 2021 season.

    Last week, we forecasted the best defensive lines in each league. This week, we're staying in the trenches but flipping to the opposite side of the line of scrimmage.

    Within each conference, we'll highlight which team should reign supreme at that position, pinpoint the one team most likely to make a serious push for that title and mention another squad worth monitoring. That third "Keep an Eye on" group isn't necessarily expected to be third-best in the conference, but it's an intriguing unit.

    Conferences are listed in alphabetical order.

American Athletic Conference

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    UCF's Cole SchneiderMatt Patterson/Associated Press

    Best of the Bunch:UCF Knights

    UCF's Cole Schneider will go down as one of the greatest offensive linemen in AAC history. In 2018, the left guard was the only freshman (offensive or defensive) named to the All-AAC first team. The following year, he secured second-team honors. And last fall, he made it back up to thefirst team. As did the young man directly to his right, freshman center Matthew Lee.

    With that interior duo leading the way, UCF averaged 42.2 points and 210.7 rushing yards per game while doing an adequate job of keeping QB Dillon Gabriel off the turf (2.1 sacks allowed for an offense that averaged 41.5 pass attempts per game isn't too shabby). And with that interior duo (and QB) returning in 2021, expect big things from this offense, per usual.

    It's not just those two, either. The entire offensive line is well-preserved, with right guard Lokahi Pauole and veteran tackles Edward Collins and Samuel Jackson each coming back after making at least eight starts in 2020. Former Tennessee transfer Marcus Tatum also returns after making five starts for the Knights last year.

    Top Challenger:Tulsa Golden Hurricane

    Say this much for Tulsa's line: It is not lacking experience. Dylan Couch is a sixth-year senior. Dante Bivens, Gerard Wheeler and Chris Paul are each fifth-year seniors. All four are multiple-year starters. And while he's the youngest of the bunch, left tackle Tyler Smith is the most talented, having been named All-AAC first team as a redshirt freshman last year. Perhaps all that familiarity up front will improve an offense that was in the middle of the pack in the AAC in terms of both rushing and passing.

    Keep an Eye on:Tulane Green Wave

    Tulane needs to make drastic improvement in the pass-protection department. The Green Wave allowed 35 sacks despite attempting just 313 passes. But we have to at least mention an offensive line that produced not one but two running backs who each averaged at least 6.0 yards per carry and at least 10 carries per game. Center Sincere Haynesworth and left guard Corey Dublin both return after earning second-team All-AAC honors last fall.

Atlantic Coast Conference

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    Boston College's Alec Lindstrom (72) and Zion Johnson (77)Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    Best of the Bunch:Boston College Eagles

    Boston College ranked last in the ACC in yards per carry (3.1) in 2020 and ranked second-to-last in the conference in yards lost on sacks (226). Based solely on that information, forecasting that team to have the league's best offensive line might seem like the rantings of a madman.

    On the other hand, of the 15 O-linemen who earned first-team, second-team or third-team All-ACC honors last year, only six are still playing in the ACCthree of whom (Alec Lindstrom, Ben Petrula and Zion Johnson) man the trenches for Boston College. And Tyler Vrabelwho started all 13 games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2019is probably the best O-lineman of the bunch.

    The Eagles did lose first-team All-ACC tight end Hunter Long to the NFL, though he was much more effective as a route-runner than a run-blocker. Perhaps the new starting tight endbe it Joey Luchetti or Jacksonville State transfer Trae Barrywill be more of a blocking presence in what should be a breakout year for BC's offense.

    Top Challenger:Clemson Tigers

    Losing a player the caliber of Jackson Carman as a second-round pick would be a tough pill to swallow for a lot of programs, but don't expect Clemson to take much of a step backward after three consecutive seasons of ranking in the top four in the ACC in sacks allowed per game. The Tigers still have a veteran anchor in guard Matt Bockhorst, and Carman's presumed replacement in the starting lineup, Walker Parks, was a top 50 recruit in last year's class. And tackle Jordan McFadden should do a fine job of protecting D.J. Uiagalelei's blind side.

    Keep an Eye on:Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

    Head coach Geoff Collins is evidently building an offensive line out of former SEC players. The Yellow Jackets added former Tennessee lineman Ryan Johnson as a graduate transfer last year, and he'll be back for one more season. They also picked up Vanderbilt transfer Devin Cochran and Mississippi State transfer Nick Pendley this year. It's possible all three will start in 2021, and it's likely that the sheer athleticism of QB Jeff Sims and running back Jahmyr Gibbs will make up for a lot of missed assignments anyway.

Big 12 Conference

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    Best of the Bunch:Iowa State Cyclones

    After playing in a New Year's Six bowl, Iowa State is a trendy sleeper pick to reach the College Football Playoff because nearly all of last season's starters will be back.

    That luxury starts in the trenches, where center Colin Newell is the only first-team All-Big 12 lineman returning. He'll be joined by second-team right guard Derek Schweiger, as well as returning starters Sean Foster (LT) and Jake Remsburg (RT).

    The Cyclones will also get left guard Trevor Downing back after he suffered a season-ending injury in the opener against Louisiana. He started 12 games in 2019, and his return figures to improve what was already one of the best offensive lines in the country. Running back Breece Hall led them to 195.0 rushing yards per game, and they only allowed 14 sacks in 12 contests.

    Top Challenger:Oklahoma Sooners

    From 2013 to 2019, Oklahoma averaged at least 220 rushing yards per game. Even last year's mark of 179.7 was respectable, considering Kennedy Brooks opted out, Trey Sermon transferred and Rhamondre Stevenson wasn't available until the sixth game of the season. In other words, this offensive line is always rock solid. Losing three-year starting center Creed Humphrey and two-year starting right tackle Adrian Ealy hurts, but look for Tennessee transfer Wanya Morris to make an immediate impact at left tackle.

    Keep an Eye on:Texas Tech Red Raiders

    They lost a key piece of the puzzle with 2020 first-team All-Big 12 guard Jack Anderson departing for the NFL, but the Red Raiders still have one of the better lineman in the conference in center Dawson Deaton. In two seasons with him as the linchpin of the line, Texas Tech has limited the opposition to 34 total sacks (1.5 per game) while attempting more than 42 passes per contest. Four-time transfer T.J. Storment (TCU, Colorado State, Fullerton College, Old Dominion) will be key as the likely starting left tackle.

Big Ten Conference

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    Ohio State's Thayer MunfordPaul Sancya/Associated Press

    Best of the Bunch:Ohio State Buckeyes

    Ohio State had a pair of interior linemen (Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis) selected within the first three rounds of the 2021 NFL draft, but the Buckeyes are not lacking for talent in the trenches.

    Thayer Munford and Nicholas Petit-Frere should be the two best offensive tackles in the Big Ten. That duo is so good, in fact, that 2020 No. 9 overall recruit Paris Johnson Jr. is switching fromtackle to right guard for the upcoming season as a result of Munford's decision to return for a super senior year. Ohio State also has 2019 5-star recruit Harry Miller to man either left guard or center.

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    Sans Myers and Davis, the fifth spot on the starting line is a bit of a question mark, likely to end up in Luke Wypler's capable-but-inexperienced hands. But when a guy who was rated as the second-best center in the 2020 recruiting class is your biggest unknown, you're in great shape.

    Top Challenger:Iowa Hawkeyes

    Just like Ohio State, Iowa lost both a first-team (Alaric Jackson) and second-team (Cole Banwart)All-conference linemen from last season but still has a returning first-teamer in center Tyler Linderbaum. Iowa has also finished top-three in the Big Ten in sacks allowed per game in each of the past three seasons and has a budding star in right tackle Cody Ince.

    Keep an Eye on:Penn State Nittany Lions

    Penn State's 2020 campaign was much more forgettable than it was promising, but the Nittany Lions did rush for more than 240 yards in more than half of their games despite not having a featured back. Look for more of the same from that running back committee behind an offensive line anchored by Rasheed Walker and Mike Miranda.

Conference USA

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    Best of the Bunch:UAB Blazers

    What's better than an offensive line that allowed four sacks in nine games for an offense that averaged 200.0 rushing yards per contest?

    Getting that entire offensive line back for another season.

    Left tackle Colby Ragland and right tackle Sidney Wells were both named first-team all-conference for their near-flawless work during the 2020 campaign, and they will return as the anchors of an offensive line composed entirely of former transfers who are in at least their fourth academic year.

    Replacing Spencer Brown's more than 4,000 rushing yards over the past four seasons won't be anywhere near as easy as this veteran offensive line figures to make it look.

    Top Challenger:UTSA Roadrunners

    UAB gets back a pair of first-team offensive linemen, but UTSA brings back a trio of seniors (Spencer Burford, Makai Hart and Ahofitu Maka) who earned second-team all-conference honors last fall. The Roadrunners also have the luxury of retaining their star running back, Sincere McCormick, who rushed for 1,467 yards in 11 games in 2020. A second consecutive year of helping to pace Conference USA in yards per carry (5.21) is a definite possibility for this O-line.

    Keep an Eye on:Marshall Thundering Herd

    Needing to replace Josh Ball (fourth-round draft pick) and Cain Madden (transferred to Notre Dame) will likely cause Marshall to step backward from what was a dominant year in the trenches. The Thundering Herd does have building blocks, though, in tackle Will Ulmer, guard Alex Mollette and a key incoming transfer from North Carolina, Billy Ross.

Mid-American Conference

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    Kent State's Bill Kuduk (71) and Adam Gregoire (75)Kirk Irwin/Associated Press

    Best of the Bunch:Kent State Golden Flashes

    It was a short, four-game season for Kent State, but what a breakthrough year for the Golden Flashes offensive line.

    In each of the previous three seasons, they had allowed more than 40 sacks for an average of 3.5 per game. But in 2020, they slashed that rate all the way down to 1.25. They also paved the way for a rushing attack that averaged 283.0 yards. And with QB Dustin Crum not under constant duress, Kent State also passed at will and led the nation in scoring (49.8 points per game).

    In fairness, the Golden Flashes did run the score up a bit and pad their stats against the dreadful defenses of Akron and Bowling Green. Expecting them to repeat as the country's highest-scoring offense is probably too optimistic. However, with Crum and his entire starting offensive linemost notably right tackle Bill Kuduk and right guard Nathan Monninback for another season, this will easily be one of the most potent offenses in the MAC.

    Top Challenger:Western Michigan Broncos

    After starting all 13 games as a sophomore in 2018, tackle Jaylon Moore earned second-team All-MAC honors in both 2019 and 2020 before becoming a fifth-round draft pick. That's a big loss for the Broncos O-line. But the team has also ranked top-five in the MAC in both total sacks allowed and rushing yards per game in each of the past five seasons. And with 2020 first-team All-MAC left guard Mike Caliendo back for a fifth year of starting in the trenches, they still have perhaps the best individual lineman in the conference.

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    Keep an Eye on:Buffalo Bulls

    Star running back Jaret Patterson and starting left tackle Kayode Awosika went to the NFL. Head coach Lance Leipold took the Kansas job, and starting center Mike Novitsky followed him there. Starting left guard Jacob Gall transferred to Baylor. Lots of new faces here. But Buffalo led the MAC in sacks allowed in each of the past three seasons while rushing for 104 touchdowns in 34 games. Even if the offensive line is 50 percent less effective than it has been lately, the Bulls should still be solid.

Mountain West Conference

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    San Jose State's Jack SnyderRick Scuteri/Associated Press

    Best of the Bunch:Air Force Falcons

    Air Force only had two players selected to either first team or second team All-MWC in 2020. Both (LG Nolan Laufenberg and LT Parker Ferguson) were offensive linemen, but they both left this offseason. In just about any other program, that would be a major concern.

    But this is Air Force we're talking about.

    The Falcons have averaged at least 260 rushing yards per game in each of Troy Calhoun's 14 seasons as head coach, and they have allowed a grand total of 13 sacks since the beginning of the 2018 campaign. Even though Air Force has only had one player draftedin the past two decades, that triple-option system churns out "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" offensive lines over and over again.

    Look for seniors Hawk Wimmer, Ryan Booth and Isaac Cochran to lead the way through business as usual.

    Top Challenger:San Jose State Spartans

    SJSU's perfect 7-0 record during the regular season was one of the biggest surprises of the fall. It was the Spartans' first winning season since 2012, but with all five starters returning to the offensive line, this should be one of the better MWC teams yet again. All-MWC first-team tackle Jack Snyder will return as the anchor of a group that allowed 1.0 sacks per game.

    Keep an Eye on:Boise State Broncos

    It has been a long time since Boise State struggled to run the ball quite like it did in 2020, but primary running back George Holani was limited by a knee injury and there were several new starters along the offensive line. The Broncos did a good job of keeping opponents out of the backfield, though, allowing fewer than six tackles for loss per game. With four returning starters along the offensive line and the addition of Oregon transfer Cyrus Habibi-Likio for backfield depth, they should bounce back this fall.

Pac-12 Conference

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    Arizona State's Dohnovan WestRick Scuteri/Associated Press

    Best of the Bunch:Washington Huskies

    Washington only played four games last fall, but it only allowed one two-yard sack during those contests. And despite lacking a stalwart in the backfield, the Huskies had a respectable rushing attack, averaging better than 175 yards on the ground per game.

    Now for the ridiculous part: The entire two-deep of offensive linemen is back for another year.

    Left tackle Jaxson Kirkland is the most noteworthy of the bunch, but every starter and every backup on the Nov. 2, 2020, depth chart remains on the roster for 2021.

    Maybe it was a flash in the pan in a truncated season, or maybe that complete lack of attrition will translate into Washington having the most impenetrable offensive line in the country.

    Top Challenger:Arizona State Sun Devils

    Just like Washington, Arizona State only played four games in 2020. The offensive line stomped a mudhole in those four opponents, though. The Sun Devils averaged 6.4 yards per carry while allowing just six sacks. Four of the five starting offensive linemen return, headlined by center Dohnovan West and left tackle Kellen Diesch.

    Keep an Eye on:Oregon State Beavers

    Oregon State brings back all five starters from an offensive line that allowed 1.7 sacks per game while paving the way to 197.6 rushing yards per contest in 2021. Center Nathan Eldridge is the elder statesman at the heart of that corps, and left tackle Joshua Gray bears mentioning as someone who earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors last year as a redshirt freshman. If the Beavers are going to snap their seven-year bowl drought, it starts in the trenches.

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Southeastern Conference

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    Best of the Bunch:Alabama Crimson Tide

    Texas A&M, Alabama and Kentucky ranked first, second and third, respectively, in the SEC in both yards per carry and sacks allowed per game in 2020. Each of those offensive lines had three players selected to either the first-team or second-team All-SEC. And then each of those lines was gutted by players declaring for the NFL draft, making it difficult to decipher any sort of hierarchy among the SEC's O-lines for 2021.

    When in doubt, though, go with Alabama, right?

    The Crimson Tide lost three stars in Alex Leatherwood, Landon Dickerson and Deonte Brown, but returning starters Evan Neal and Emil Ekiyor Jr. figure to rank among the 10 best linemen in the SEC. Chris Owensa sixth-year senior who started at center after Dickerson hurt his knee in the SEC title game—might also be a part of that club.

    Just for good measure, head coach Nick Saban also signed the two highest-rated offensive linemen in the 2021 class in JC Latham and Tommy Brockermeyer. One of those two figures to start at right tackle as a true freshman.

    Top Challenger:LSU Tigers

    Trying to replace basically every starter on the roster during a pandemic didn't work out so well for LSU last year, particularly along the offensive line. But with all five starters back for another go, the Tigers should be much better in the trenches in 2021. Right tackle and fifth-year senior Austin Deculus will lead a quintet that stands as one of the most experienced in the SEC.

    Keep an Eye on:Arkansas Razorbacks

    Arkansas has a lot of improving to do up front after it allowed 3.4 sacks per game in 2020. However, all five starters return, and Sam Pittman had multiple decades of experience as an offensive line coach before taking the head coaching gig with the Razorbacks before last season. Expect the offensive line to become a strength in 2021, though we'll see if the defense improves enough for it to matter in the slightest.

Sun Belt Conference

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    Louisiana's Shane Vallot (64) and Elijah Mitchell (15)Matthew Hinton/Associated Press

    Best of the Bunch:Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns

    After a near-perfect season, Louisiana cleaned up nicely in the All-Sun Belt voting, particularly at offensive line. The Ragin' Cajuns didn't have any first-team big men, but they did have two second-teamers (O'Cyrus Torrence and Max Mitchell) as well as a pair of third-teamers (Ken Marks and Shane Vallot).

    That quartet returns in 2021, as does Carlos Rubio, who made seven starts in 2020. And that's fantastic news for a team that rushed for 213.0 yards per game and allowed just nine sacks in 11 contests.

    If they do regress a bit statistically, though, cut them some slack. Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas rushed for a combined 6,839 yards and 79 touchdowns over the past four seasons, and Louisiana has huge shoes to fill at running back now that they're both gone.

    Opening the season against Texas on Sept. 4 will be a strong immediate litmus test for an O-line that has ranked top-five in the nation in tackles for lossallowed per gamein each of the past two years.

    Top Challenger:Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

    Is it possible 2020 was just the beginning of a Coastal Carolina Sun Belt dynasty? The Chanticleers went 11-0 during the regular season and bring back 19 of the 22 starters from that squad. That includes the entire offensive line, led by right guard Trey Carter. It also includes mobile QB Grayson McCall, who can turn pocket pressure into a big rushing gain when things break down.

    Keep an Eye on:Appalachian State Mountaineers

    Coastal Carolina and Louisiana were awesome last year, but let's not forget about the Sun Belt's usual juggernaut. Appalachian State has averaged at least 5.4 yards per carry in each of the past seven seasons. However, while the Chanticleers and Ragin' Cajuns bring back just about everyone, the Mountaineers need to replace both Noah Hannon (52 career starts) and Ryan Neuzil (44 career starts).

    Still, expect big things with running back tandem Camerun Peoples and Daetrich Harrington returning in the backfield. They also still have center Baer Hunter, who, in addition to having one of the greatest names in all of football, might be the best lineman in the conference.

    Recruiting information via 247Sports.

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Which college football team has the best O line? ›


Who has the best NCAA offensive line 2021? ›

1. Ohio State Buckeyes. Four of Ohio State's starters rank inside the top 20 of PFF's preseason rankings. The lone absence is sophomore guard Donovan Jackson, a former five-star who was rated as the top interior offensive line recruit in 2021.

Who is the best O line in the NFL? ›

Eagles go wire to wire in offensive line rankings: After ranking No. 1 in the preseason, Philadelphia's line never gave up its top spot this season. Ravens, Packers, Chiefs, Falcons round out top five: Baltimore climbed two spots to end the year, while Kansas City fell two spots.

Who is the best O lineman in the league? ›

2022 OL Power Rankings | Tier 1: Elite

Right tackle Lane Johnson and center Jason Kelce are arguably the two best players at their position in the NFL.

What is the record for most OTs in a college football game? ›

Earlier in 2022, Eastern Kentucky pulled off an FCS-over-FBS upset, knocking off Bowling Green 59-57 in seven overtimes, the longest game between an FCS and FBS opponent. The NCAA adopted an overtime rule in 1996 and for most of those games, the overtime rules have been virtually the same.

Which O lineman has the most TDS? ›

Donald Penn1944
Joe Valerio624
Anthony Munoz1854
Bill Blackburn594
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Who has the best O line in the SEC? ›

2022 SEC Unit Rankings: The Top 5 offensive lines in the SEC
  • Georgia. The Bulldogs might have the best offensive in the country in 2022, depending on how one views Michigan or Ohio State. ...
  • Arkansas. ...
  • Kentucky. ...
  • Alabama. ...
  • Texas A&M.
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Which state produces the most offensive lineman? ›

Over the last 10 NFL drafts, only Texas (45) has had more offensive linemen drafted than California (35).

Who is the best offensive line coach in college football? ›

The Foundation for Teamwork presents the JOE MOORE AWARD, recognizing the Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit in College Football. The award is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as the best offensive line coach in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.

Who is the best run blocking offensive lineman? ›

Jeff Stoutland is arguably the best offensive line coach in the league and specializes in run blocking. His skills are a major reason the Eagles have been the best run-blocking team in the league for the past two years despite having battled many offensive line injuries.

Has an O lineman ever won the MVP? ›

No offensive lineman, tight end, kicker or punter has ever won MVP. Quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, defensive linemen, linebackers, safeties, cornerbacks and even kick returners have.

What is the most important position on the O line? ›

Offensive Tackles

The left tackle position in particular is incredibly important, since most quarterbacks are right handed and have their back turned to the left side of the line of scrimmage, so the left tackle is responsible for protecting the quarterback's "blind side" when he drops back to pass.

What college football team has the craziest fans? ›

The biggest fanbase in college football resides in Columbus, Ohio. Altimore estimates that Ohio State has 11.26 million fans in all. The Buckeyes are the only team with an eight-figure fanbase in his findings.

Who had 9 OT in football? ›

Illinois and Penn State made college football history with the Illini's 20-18 win in a nine-overtime thriller on Oct. 23, 2021. It became the first and is the only game in FBS history to go nine overtimes, capped off by an Illini game-winning two-point conversion to upset the No. 7 Nittany Lions.

What is the longest OT in the NFL? ›

The longest game of all time happened back in 1971 on Christmas Day when the Dolphins defeated the Chiefs, 27-24, in sudden-death overtime in an AFC Divisional Playoff game. Garo Yepremian kicked a 37-yard field goal for the Dolphins after 22 minutes and 40 seconds of overtime play.

Who is the fastest QB to reach 100 TDS? ›

Interpreted as:
Joe Flacco2022210.2
Blaine Gabbert202229.0
Colt McCoy2022195.0
Aaron Rodgers2022217.4
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Who threw for 50 TDS? ›

Peyton Manning+ (37)552013
Tom Brady (30)502007
Patrick Mahomes (22)502018
Peyton Manning+ (28)492004
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What QB has the most TDS in a game? ›

1. 55 Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (2013)
  • T-2. 50 Tom Brady, New England Patriots (2007)
  • T-2. 50 Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (2018)
  • 49 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts (2004)
  • T-5. 48 Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins (1984)
  • T-5. 48 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (2020)
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Who is the biggest college lineman? ›

Florida defensive lineman Desmond Watson is a big boy. Measuring at 6-5, 415-pounds, the Plant City native is easily the heaviest player in college football.

What is the best college offensive line award? ›

The Joe Moore Award is awarded annually to the best college football offensive line unit.

Who is the best OL in the draft? ›

1. Peter Skoronski, Northwestern (Junior | 6-4, 315)
  • 2022 Grade: 89.3.
  • Play Style: Technician.
  • Initial Round Projection: 1st.
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Which state is best at football? ›

StateFBS SigneesPlayers
1. Florida38940,606
2. Georgia24832,979
3. Louisiana13220,087
4. Hawaii224,258
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What state produces best football players? ›

Texas has produced more active NFL players than any other U.S. state. Action Network conducted a study to identify which state produced the most current NFL talent, which determined that the Lone Star State was the home of 211 active players, which accounts for 1 in every 12 players.

Who is the losingest coach in college football? ›

Win percentage

John Gagliardi leads the list in terms of winning percentage at . 775. A total of seventy-eight coaches have made the list and still maintained a winning percentage of .

Who is the most dominant college football coach? ›

Among coaches with at least 10 seasons in NCAA Division I and its predecessors, the all-time leaders in wins are Paterno (409), Robinson (408), Bowden (377), Bear Bryant (323), and Pop Warner (319).

How much does a college O line coach get paid? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $163,500 and as low as $15,000, the majority of Assistant Offensive Line Coach salaries currently range between $29,000 (25th percentile) to $46,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $119,000 annually across the United States.

How do I get better at O line in football? ›

Here are 4 ways to become the most feared offensive lineman in your league.
  1. Improve Your Stance. The key to determining who wins the battle between the offensive and defensive lineman is the first step. ...
  2. Master Your Footwork. ...
  3. Learn the Power of Leverage. ...
  4. Gain Physical and Mental Toughness.

What makes a good O line? ›

To be successful, an offensive lineman needs to have these five characteristics: intelligence, toughness, work ethic, good character, and athletic ability. A team with five players who have all five of these characteristics will be difficult to beat.

Who is the fastest offensive lineman ever? ›

Terron Armstead holds the record for the fastest 40-yard dash by an offensive lineman in the history of the Combine. After weighing in at 306 pounds, the offensive tackle out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff ran the drill in a blazing fast 4.71 seconds.

Who is the best blocker in football? ›

1. Zack Martin (Cowboys) The model of consistency and dominance at his position, Martin has emerged as the best interior lineman in football. Martin continues to dominate as a run-blocker at right guard, blocking at the line of scrimmage better than any guard in the league.

Has any non QB won MVP? ›

In the history of the award, only 3 other positions outside of quarterback and running back have hoisted the trophy: defensive tackle Alan Page, linebacker Lawrence Taylor, and kicker Mark Moseley.

Has a losing player ever won MVP NFL? ›

He was also named the MVP of Super Bowl V and is the only player on a losing team to receive the award. For his accomplishments with Dallas, he was inducted to the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1977. Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.

Has anyone ever won MVP with a losing record? ›

Since the 1975–76 season, only three players have been named MVP for a season in which their team failed to win at least 50 regular season games—Moses Malone (twice, 1978–79 and 1981–82), Russell Westbrook (2016–17) and Nikola Jokić (2021–22).

What is the second most important position in football? ›

There's no debate: Quarterback is the most important position in the NFL. They touch the ball on every offensive snap, they execute the plays their coaches call (unless they change the play at the line!) and distribute the ball to everyone. The second-most important position on the field is defensive end.

What is the hardest O line position? ›

Left Tackle

All offensive linemen have difficult jobs, but the tackle on the quarterback's blind side has an especially tough assignment. As most quarterbacks are right-handed, when they drop back to pass, their backs are to the left side of the field. The left side of the field is the blindside in most offenses.

What team has the best offensive line all time? ›

These best offensive lines in NFL history set the standard for excellence in the trenches.
  1. 1975 Buffalo Bills.
  2. 1978 New England Patriots. ...
  3. 1986 Chicago Bears. ...
  4. 1999 San Francisco 49ers. ...
  5. 1982 Buffalo Bills. ...
  6. 1997 Pittsburgh Steelers. ...
  7. 1996 Denver Broncos. ...
  8. 1994 Pittsburgh Steelers. ...
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