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04-10-2017 MFB spring practice Bradley Bozeman offensive lineman (75) Photo by Kent Gidley 04-10-2017 MFB spring practice Bradley Bozeman offensive lineman (75) Photo by Kent Gidley

Crimson Tide a candidate for its second national offensive line of the year honor in three seasons 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama offensive line was selected as one of three finalists for the Joe Moore Award, the Foundation for Teamwork announced Wednesday. The Joe Moore Award is presented annually to the nation’s top offensive line unit. Alabama is joined by Auburn and Notre Dame on the finalists list.

This season, the Alabama offensive line has provided protection for a balanced attack that is averaging 465.4 yards and 39.1 points per game. The Tide ranks in the top-25 nationally in passing efficiency (eighth) scoring (12th), rushing (11th) and total offense (22nd). Alabama has topped the 600-yard mark in total offense three times in 2017, which is the second-most occurrences in a season in school history.

The Joe Moore Award is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history, and is the only major college football award to honor a unit. The award annually recognizes the nation’s most outstanding offensive line unit that best displays toughness, effort, teamwork, physicality, tone-setting and finishing. Alabama previously won the award in 2015.