The University of New Mexico’s offensive line received mid-season Joe Moore Award honors on Monday. According to the Joe Moore Award Facebook page, 21 teams received the mid-season recognition, including 16 of the Associated Press Top 25.
Though currently unranked, the Lobos are 12th in the country in rushing yards per game with 266.8 yards thus far this season. In addition, UNM averages 5.85 yards per carry, coming in at 11th in the nation and 2nd in the Mountain West Conference.
This honor should come as no surprise. In recent years, the Lobos have boasted a formidable offensive line. Last season, they led the nation in rushing yards with 350 yards per game, becoming the first UNM team to lead the country in rushing. This season, they brought back experience which includes two seniors. One of those seniors, Blaise Fountain, is an early Rimington candidate—an award given to the best lineman in the country.
While the season is still far from over, the Lobos’s offensive line has helped put the team on the right track. Thus far, their line has done a fantastic job protecting quarterback Lamar Jordan, allowing defenses a combined total of only 5 sacks through the first 5 games. With games against the likes of Texas A&M and Utah State ahead, the Lobos will rely heavily on that protection for their offensive efficiency.
The teamwork of the offensive line could be seen as symbol of unity for Lobos after controversial headlines in recent weeks. Fountain, who was seen locking arms with fellow teammates during the national anthem during the Air Force game, told the Albuquerque Journal, “There’s no bad blood between anybody on our team. We’re all in it together, regardless of our beliefs.”
Other teams to receive mid-season Joe Moore Award honors include Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Oklahoma.Like this story? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get more of our best original news.