AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football has gone through a lot on its offensive line this season, and it might get some serious hardware at the end of it all.
On Wednesday, Auburn was named one of three finalists for the Joe Moore Award, which is given to the top offensive line in college football. The other two finalists are Alabama and Notre Dame.
The award was first given in 2015. Alabama and Iowa are the two previous winners. The award will be announced in a “coordinated, surprise, on-campus presentation at the winning school.”
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Here are the advanced offensive line statistics that separated Auburn from the rest of the semifinalists, according to the release from the Joe Moore Award:
Quality Rush (QR): Auburn has a Quality Rush on 49.7% of their runs (18th in FBS). QR measures how often a called run play yields an ideal result for the play caller (e.g. 5+ yds on a 1st/10 call, 4+ yards on 2nd/8, etc.)
Yards Before Contact (YBC): The Tigers are averaging 3.80 YBC in 2017 (3rd SEC/28th FBS)
Gotta Have Trust: The Tigers called a run 82.4% of the time in Gotta Have It (GHI) situations (1st in SEC). That is 11.9% higher than SEC average of 70.5%.
Gotta Have It Success (GHI): Auburn has converted 75.7% of their Gotta Have It Opportunities (3rd in SEC) – GHI tracks Short Yardage and “Goal-to-Go” situations.
Auburn has started seven different players on its offensive line this season — Austin Golson, Braden Smith, Darius James, Casey Dunn, Mike Horton, Marquel Harrell and Prince Tega Wanogho — due to several injuries.
Still, the Tigers overcame a slow start to the season in terms of pass protection and paved the way for an offense that ranks inside the top 20 in both scoring and total yardage this season.
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