Notre Dame offensive line named finalist for Joe Moore Award

IRISH STEW

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame was named as one of six finalists for the Joe Moore Award for college football’s best offensive line.

The Irish were joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan State and Stanford. The winner will be announced by Friday, Dec. 11.

The award, named after former Notre Dame and Pittsburgh offensive line coach Joe Moore, was created earlier this year.

Notre Dame’s offensive line, led by coach Harry Hiestand, cleared the way for 2,578 rushing yards in the 2015 season. The Irish are ranked No. 5 in the country with 5.77 yards per carry.

Notre Dame allowed 22 sacks this season which ranks No. 57 in FBS.

Only six players have started through 12 games for Notre Dame’s offensive line: Ronnie Stanley, Quenton Nelson, Nick Martin, Steve Elmer, Mike McGlinchey and Alex Bars.

Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson (56) and teammates celebrate a touchdown during the second half of Notre Dame-Stanford NCAA football game on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Palo Alto, Calif. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)