Offensive line’s chemistry has helped improved play for Aggies
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - One of the big highlights of the 2020 Aggie football team is the strong play from the offensive line. Last year, the unit dealt with injuries and received criticism for their pass protection. The Aggies allowed 33 sacks in 2019, the highest total in the Southeastern Conference.
This year has been quite the different story. The Aggies have allowed a league-low 2 sacks so far this season, and those both came in the season opener against Vanderbilt. The Aggies' offensive line has gone 3 straight games without giving up a sack, and they’ve also paved the way for a solid running game. A&M is third in the SEC with 172 rushing yards per game.
A lot of the improvement this year on the O-line can be attributed to the chemistry and experience these guys have. Senior Dan Moore Junior says the linemen just have a different mentality this year.
“After last season, this camp, this summer, this season, all around we wanted to get better. We knew we had to get better. I think that’s the reason we’ve improved, just the mindset,” said Moore.
“When you have really good football teams and you go back and research, there’s skill guys all over the board, but those skill guys can function for a reason. There’s big guys up front that are doing their job. And time. Time is a big thing that brings the line together. You’ve got all those guys, all those calls, all the multiplicity of things that happen. Time and maturity, all that matters,” explained A&M Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher.
Another solid offensive line performance and run game could be crucial against Arkansas. The Razorbacks have a conference-best 10 interceptions this season.
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