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Alabama offensive line one of 18 semifinalists for Joe Moore Award

TUSCALOOSA—Hiring Brent Key from the University of Central Florida was one of the more underrated moves by Alabama in the offseason. His 10 years under George O’Leary and six as an offensive line coach (2009-14), helped Key’s transition to the Southeastern Conference become smoother.

Under his leadership, the Crimson Tide was announced as one of 18 semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award, according to the Foundation of Teamwork. It took home the organization’s first award last season, after clearing the way for Derrick Henry’s school record of 2,219 yards rushing.

Headlined by Bradley Bozeman and Cam Robinson, Alabama’s front line has blocked for 40.3 points (six games with at least 40 points), 249.8 rushing yards and 477.7 total yards through 11 regular season games.

As for Jalen Hurts, the Tide has helped the true freshman quarterback have a record-setting season.

He’s totaled 2,971 yards (803 rushing) with 30 touchdowns, while posting a 64.8 percent completion rating and a 146.9 passer rating. Alabama has been able to protect Hurts from some of the nation’s fiercest pass rushers, earning him a chance to be in the Heisman conversation. Finalists for the Joe Moore Award will be announced on Nov. 29, and a winner will be revealed on Dec. 9 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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