Clay McGuire's group ranks No. 6 nationally on PFF’s list.
6. Washington State
“Washington State passed on 78 percent of their offensive snaps in 2015, and while offensive line may not be the focal point of the Cougars’ play, their line play is a large reason for their success,” says PFF’s Taylor Wright. “Washington State asks the lineman to man block on almost every pass play, and while their large splits help in pass protection, they still have to develop into solid pass blockers to throw as often as they do.
“Washington State is also very efficient at running the ball with the outside zone play being their favorite play to run. This is unusual for a team with such large splits. Despite losing Joe Dahl to the Detroit Lions in the fifth round, Wazzu returns right tackle Cole Madison and right guard (Eduardo) Middleton. Washington State has to have superb line play to throw the ball as much as they do and I think this will continue in 2016.”
From the Pac-12, Stanford’s o-line is ranked No. 2 and USC’s checks in at No. 4.
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