Notre Dame has a long history of being referred to as “O-Line U”. Names like Quenton Nelson, Ronnie Stanley, and zach martin are just some of the recent stars that have gone on to successful NFL careers after dominating with the Irish. Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand gets well-deserved praise for helping develop talent at a truly elite level but Notre Dame’s offensive line successes predate his arrival.
For all you youngsters out there, look up the name Joe Moore. Just know that all those run-heavy teams that thrived under Lou Holtz were guided by offensive lines coached by Moore. He’s also the man that the team award for the best offensive line in college football goes to annually.
Enough with the history lesson for now and back to regularly scheduled programming.
Pro Football Focus released their top-five graded Power Five offensive linemen in 2022 through Week 10’s games. If you’ve watched Notre Dame’s offensive line in 2022 you won’t be surprised to see who checked out first overall.
Graham Barton - Duke
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Graham Barton, Duke: 87.0
Luke Wypler - Ohio State
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Luke Wypler, Ohio State: 87.1 grade
O'Cyrus Torrence - Florida
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O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida: 90.0 grade
John Michael Schmitz - Minnesota
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John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota: 90.9 grade
Joe Alt - Notre Dame
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[autotag]Joe Alt[/autotag], Notre Dame: 91.5