The offensive line is what makes an offense tick. Without a stout offensive line up front, running backs and quarterbacks do not have the time or space they need to get in a rhythm.
While tackles get all the glory for being more prominent in the passing game, the running game lives and dies with the interior offensive linemen.
Whether it is a guard or a center, the interior of the offensive line has to be solid to open up holes in the middle or set traps and zone reads for option runs. This year, there are some pretty talented linemen on the inside.
Let’s count down the top five interior offensive linemen for the 2016 college football season.