While the players who score touchdowns land the featured spot on highlight reels, a thriving scoring attack typically has a sturdy offensive line leading the way.
As with any positional unit, no single group defines a successful team. But it sure helps to have excellent blockers.
One prime example is the Michigan Wolverines, who have boasted an elite offensive line in each of the last two seasons. That strength up front has fueled Michigan's run to consecutive Big Ten championships and trips to the College Football Playoff.
And the Wolverines, among nine other programs we're set to highlight, should have a terrific unit again in 2023.
AAC: UTSA Roadrunners
As the Roadrunners shift to a new conference, they're bringing an experienced offensive line.
Terrell Haynes, Venly Tatafu, Ernesto Almaraz, Frankie Martinez and Walter Baty all played significant snaps last season. Haynes, Almaraz and Baty each earned honorable mention All-Conference USA recognition.
Makai Hart landed the same status in 2021—along with a second-team spot in 2020—and he'll bolster the unit after injuries limited him to only two appearances last year.
Demetris Allen is an experienced backup with a real chance to become UTSA's left tackle, and Northwestern transfer Payne He'Bert held a starting job late in 2022, as well.
UTSA has excellent depth all over the offensive line and should be able to lean on the group during the program's AAC debut.