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Appalachian State Offensive Line Named Semifinalists for Joe Moore Award

The Joe Moore Award for the Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit in College Football revealed its 2022 Midseason Honor Roll of 22 groups, including App State’s offensive line.

Through the first six games under the direction of first-year App State offensive line Geep Wade, with an All-America offensive lineman in Shawn Clark serving as the head coach, the Mountaineers have relied heavily on the work up front from Cooper Hodges, Anderson Hardy, Damion Daley, Isaiah Helms, Troy Everett and Bucky Williams.

The voting committee had the following to say about App State’s line: “One of the most consistent outside zone teams in the country. Consistent year in and year out. Demonstrate great technique and teamwork down after down. App’s OL consistently maxes out their physical ability, embodying so much of the ‘5 as 1′ mentality that is at the core of the Joe Moore Award identity.”

In its first game this season, against a North Carolina defensive line with four-star and five-star recruits, App State rushed for 288 yards on 43 attempts. The following week, in a 17-14 win at No. 6 Texas A&M, 17 of App State’s 21 fourth-quarter plays were runs.

The Mountaineers’ offensive line went to work after the Aggies missed a tying field goal with 3:43 left, paving the way for a clock-draining drive that included three straight Camerun Peoples runs to move the chains and then Peoples’ 48-yard run to the Texas A&M 12 with 1:36 remaining. From there, Chase Brice was able to kneel out the win.

App State went 9-for-20 on third down in the game and 3-for-5 on fourth down while finishing with big advantages in plays run (82 to 38) and possession time (41:29 to 18:31).

In its first eight FBS seasons, the Mountaineers offensive line has helped App State rank in top 20 in fewest sacks allowed seven times while also ranking in the top 25 in rushing yards per game in seven of eight FBS seasons.

Hodges is currently ranked as a top-25 FBS tackle, with the 10th-best run blocking grade among FBS tackles, according to PFF College. Splitting time at one guard spot so far this season, Williams has the 16th-best run blocking grade among FBS guards.

The other offensive lines to make the midseason honor roll come from Alabama, Air Force, Arkansas, Coastal Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas State, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, South Alabama, Syracuse, Tennessee, TCU, UCLA, USC and UAB.