One of the preseason concerns for the Arkansas State football team was whether a seemingly unexperienced, unpolished offensive line would be able to get the job done. With Arkansas State ranked No. 27 in the nation in total offense, they must be doing something right.
The Red Wolf offensive line is led by two seniors, one of which is Delano Moore out of Sunrise, Florida. Moore may play a somewhat quiet role, but an essential one nonetheless. He talked with Astate Nation after Wednesday's practice about the success his team has had this season, and particularly the success of the offensive line.
"I think we're doing good. We're doing better than everybody thought we'd do," Moore said. "But I think we also can get better."
One of the biggest things Moore felt the O-line as well as the rest of the team still needs to work on is taking a bigger lead in the first half, not waiting until the third quarter to really start playing.
"We need to work on ending the game in the first half, or putting it close to the end. We're a good second half team, but I think we need to finish in the first half," Moore said.
It seems like after every game quarterback Ryan Aplin has complimented the O-line for either giving him time or opening up holes to run the ball. Hats off to offensive line coach Darren Hiller who's coached up the O-line to play their part in the so far undefeated Sun Belt schedule, as well as a perfect home record.
"The one thing he makes sure we are is tough," Moore said of Hiller.
In preparation for the Louisiana-Lafayette game on Saturday, Moore said the team has had high energy and is working hard to bring another win to its home crowd.
"It's been the best two starts ever. Usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our work days, and it's been the best," Moore said. "No complaints from the coaches, they feel like it's good."
The showdown between the top two teams in the Sun Belt is being called a conference championship by many, and Moore said it's crucial to have a big fan base show up to the game.
"We need everybody we can get to be on our side. For the home team, it's a big advantage to have our crowd on our side, and it makes the visiting team feel like they're in our territory," Moore said. "It's a great feeling to have our fans -- we need them."