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UK’s offensive line named to Joe Moore Award honor roll

UK’s offensive line has earned a high honor at the midway point of the 2019 season.

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The Kentucky Wildcats offensive may be struggling, but the offensive line has still played at a high level, and they’re being recognized for it.

On Tuesday, UK’s offensive line was named to the midseason honor roll for the Joe Moore Award, recognizing the Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit in college football.

Among the highlights of this offensive line is they’ve paved the way for three players to run for more than 300 yards on the season in A.J. Rose, Lynn Bowden and Kavosiey Smoke. Backup running back Chris Rodriguez also has 118 yards on just 17 carries this season, a nice 6.9 average.

UK is also on pace for a fourth consecutive season of more than 2,000 rushing yards. The Wildcats have done this despite missing three departed starting linemen from a year ago, the school’s all-time leading rusher in Benny Snell, and this year’s top two quarterbacks in Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith due to injury.

Despite all of this, UK is averaging a 192.3 yards per game, good for sixth in the SEC. If the Cats are going to make it back to the postseason, the offensive line will likely be the driving force behind it.

The winner of the 2019 Joe Moore Award winner will be made public after a surprise visit to the winning university’s campus in late December.