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Kentucky Wildcats' offensive line among semifinalists for best unit in nation

Kentucky's offensive line has been named a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award, which recognizes the most outstanding unit in the country.

The Wildcats are among 18 semifinalists for the second-year award.

Kentucky has averaged 242.4 rushing yards per game, the program's best mark in 40 years. The Cats are picking up 5.5 yards per carry. 

Anchored by senior center Jon Toth and coached by former UK standout John Schlarman, the line helped produce the first pair of 1,000-yard rushers -- Boom Williams and Benny Snell Jr. -- in school history. In Week 10, the Cats nearly broke the school record for rushing yards in a game when they churned out 443 against Tennessee, the highest figure ever for UK in an SEC game.

In addition to Toth, the Cats have regularly featured nine players in their line rotation this season. Guards Jervontius Stallings, Nick Haynes, Ramsey Meyers and Logan Stenberg, as well as tackles Cole Mosier, Landon Young, Kyle Meadows and George Asafo-Adjei have also contributed to the impressive rushing attack.

The other semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award include Alabama, Auburn, Boise State, Iowa, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Southern Cal, Texas, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.

Arkansas won the inaugural award in 2015. It is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as the best offensive line coach in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit.The award recognized the unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, consistency, technique, and “finishing."

Kentucky (6-5) is bowl-eligible for the first time since 2010. The Cats close out the regular season on Saturday at Louisville (9-2) in the annual Governor's Cup game.


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