I like offensive linemen. Really, I do.
Once upon a time (South King County Junior Football League, circa 1990) I was an offensive lineman myself. I understand the O-line is collectively the most important position on the field – that you can have Tom Brady and LeSean McCoy in the backfield and they won’t go anywhere without the big guys up front blocking for them – and I appreciate how linemen are historically underappreciated.
But I also know that for most football fans, watching even the best O-linemen at work isn’t exactly fun.
Unless you’re a coach, a scout, part of the Framily, or a reporter trying to pretend you really pay attention to linemen, you’ve probably never sought out an O-lineman’s video highlight reel. You know the line is important, but you watch the game for the touchdowns, deep throws, long runs, great catches, pick-sixes, sacks, and big hits.
So while compiling this list of college football’s 10 must-see players, I didn’t include any offensive linemen. If this were a list of the nation’s 10 best players, there would definitely be an OL or three in the group.
But this is not that. This for the highlight-reel guys; the big-play guys; the can’t-miss guys who earn that label because you can’t miss them if you want to see the best college football has to offer for the 2014 season.
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