Two Michigan offensive linemen listed in top 25

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In 2021, the Michigan offensive line won the Joe Moore Award for being the best unit in the country. The Wolverines lost two members from that starting group from this past season when center Andrew Vastardis graduated, and tackle Andrew Steuber got drafted by the New England Patriots.

The scary thing is the 2022 offensive line could be even better than last year after Jim Harbaugh scooped center Olusegun Oluwatimi up from the transfer portal. Oluwatimi, who played at Virginia, was a Rimington Award finalist for being one of the best centers in all of fotball.

When Pro Football Focus ranked its top 25 interior offensive linemen for the 2022 season, it was a no-brainer that Oluwatimi was ranked in the top five. Anthony Treash believes that the former Cavalier is the fifth-best.

Oluwatimi made 32-straight starts while playing at Virginia. In fact, he played 910 snaps in 2021 which were the most snaps of any ACC center. During his fantastic run last year, Oluwaimit was named second-team All-American and first-team All-ACC in 2021.

The other Wolverine that was ranked in the top 25 was Ryan Hayes. Anthony Treash ranked his top 25 offensive tackles and Hayes came in at No. 23.

The rankings may seem a bit low after Hayes had a dominating year at left tackle for the Wolverines. The fifth-year senior started every game for Michigan and was an All-Big Ten selection. Hayes helped block for one of the nation’s best running attacks in football.

The other two PFF did not rank were Zak Zinter and Trevor Keegan from last year’s Joe Moore Award winners.

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Story originally appeared on Wolverines Wire