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Offensive Lineman: An Appreciation

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Offensive lineman are perhaps the most anonymous of all football players. We here at STS are going to do something to change that.

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With no further ado, here a set of offensive lineman highlight plays and offensive lineman centric articles for you to enjoy.

Oh that is mean. That is so mean.

Two pancakes on one play.

Consider that this man is chasing down a linebacker

He not only knocked the player he blocked over, he knocked a teammate and the guy he was blocking over.

Look at the amount of communication that has to happen in fractions of a second there, perfectly, multiple times a game against literally hundreds of possible blitzes

That has to be the most impotent pass rush I've ever seen

THIS MAN WEIGHS OVER THREE HUNDRED POUNDS. I DON'T EVEN GET TO 200 AND I DON'T WANT TO RUN THAT MUCH

Aaaaand that man is on skates

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Clemson's presumptive offensive line starters as of today are as follows: LT Mitch Hyatt, LG Eric Mac Lain, C Ryan Norton, RG Tyrone Crowder Jr and RT Joe Gore. They will be responsible in part for the health of Deshaun Watson and the success of the run game. Next time you watch a game (in 60 some odd days) watch the line of scrimmage. The team that is able to push the other team off the ball has a huge advantage in terms of winning and losing.

Here is a sample of the diet offensive lineman may have to eat to keep the weight they need on.

Here is a feature the inimitable Spencer Hall did on Offensive Line Coach Herb Hand, which contains perhaps the greatest description of the position I have ever read.

But standing between harm and others is what linemen do, even if there's little hope to be had in the face of numbers, size, and speed. There is a dot on the board, and a shield held against whatever slings and arrows lurk in the ether. It stands against harm until it cannot any longer.