The Gophers have a new leader for their offensive line when head coach Tracy Claeys named Bart Miller as then new offensive line coach during the offseason. Miller is young, intense and ready to turn Minnesota’s offensive line into one of the best groups in the Big Ten.
Now Miller just needs to develop a young and intense offensive lineman to duplicate his leadership on the field. I can’t think of a better candidate than Tyler Moore, a true sophomore center from Texas.
Where Jonah Pirsig seems to have a more lead by example personality, Miller would love to have Moore develop into a vocal leader for all his talented incoming and young offensive lineman to learn from, look up to and treat as a coach on the field.
By the end of the 2016 season I would like to see Moore take ownership of the Gopher offensive line. An offensive line that has a lot of young talent currently on campus and developing and some top recruits soon to be on campus. A group that includes redshirt freshmen Nick Connelly, Bronson Dovich, Quinn Oseland and Ted Stieber, true freshmen Conner Olson and Sam Schlueter, and incoming recruits Eric Abojei and Blaise Andries.
Why put such pressure on Moore? It’s simple. Moore is talented and has proven in his short Gopher career that he can handle it. Moore selected the Gophers in mid December over a list of solid offers that included BYU, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, as well as a grayshirt opportunity from Texas and within several weeks was already in his dorm room as an early enrollee so he could participate in Spring Practice.
Moore used the advantage of starting his college career early to gain valuable experience and ended up starting the final eight games of the 2015 season at center for Minnesota. The Gophers felt Moore’s presence in the line up immediately as they rushed for 326 yards against Purdue in his initial start, the most Minnesota had rushed for in a conference game since 2005 (327 against Michigan State). In his next four starts the Gopher also made team history by matching a school record of passing for at least 250 yards in four consecutive games.
The Gophers appear to have a perfect match in Miller off the field, and Moore on the field. The two have surrounded themselves with a lot of talent to work with and, if handled correctly, could give Minnesota one of the best offensive line units in the Big Ten.
Top 15 MIG Countdown
15. Isaiah Gentry
14. Cody Poock
13. Julian Huff
12. Drew Wolitarsky
11. Rodney Smith
10. Merrick Jackson
9. Jonah Pirsig
7. Jalen Myrick
6. Tyler Moore