July 30, 2007

A&M's offensive line paves the way

The big boys in the trenches rarely get the love they deserve during the football season. No stats show up in the box score for offensive linemen, and pancakes are only kept by coaches.

But it's those hogs that get battered and bruised that blaze the trail for the star running backs, keep the pressure off the golden armed quarterbacks and take a beating for the sake of helping the team. That's the reason NFL quarterbacks take care of their offensive lines with diamond-encrusted Rolexes every Christmas.

At Texas A&M, however, the offensive line is getting plenty of credit. With senior Cody Wallace, Kirk Elder, Corey Clark, Chris Yoder and junior Yemi Babalola returning to the line in 2007 the Aggies have what many consider to be the best line in America.

"I feel like I'm the luckiest quarterback in the nation to be able to play with those guys," said A&M junior quarterback Stephen McGee. "They're amazing in every sense of the word. Much more than that to me they are a great group of guys to be around, and that's going to be what I remember."

Experience is key for this line as the starters have a combined 110 career starts under their belts. Yoder, the lone newcomer to the starting five in 2007, started 12 games at center in 2004. The line is also the same one that helped propel the Aggies to 206.8 yards per game rushing, ranking No. 8 in the nation, and 32 rushing touchdowns. The Aggies only gave up 19 sacks last season as well.

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