Every offensive lineman’s dream is to score a touchdown…
But that is not in their job description. Their role on the team is to selflessly block so that others can have the glory of reaching the end zone. Their running backs, quarter backs, and receivers are lauded by cheering fans while the offensive linemen anonymously return to the sideline.
When we have had athletic offensive linemen in the past, we have rewarded them with the opportunity to experience the glory of crossing the goal line. During our 2017, season, our Right Tackle scored several rushing touchdowns aligned as a running back in a goal line package. In that same season, during the state championship game, on a 4th and 1 on the goal line, just before halftime, we threw a screen pass to our left tackle for a touchdown.
Playing 7v7 football in Vermont this season allows all offensive linemen the opportunity to get in the end zone. Our lone returner from last year’s offense, a 2-year starter at Left Guard, is now a senior running back. He always wanted to play running back but selflessly assumed his role on the offensive line because that was what was best for the team. With two games under our belt, that Left Guard has 9 receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
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