Less than three weeks until college football kicks off! In the past, we’ve limited these lists to just the top 25 players, but this season, we’re upping our game to 50. So just about every day until the season starts, there will be a new player profile up here as we count down to the top ACC player for 2013.
Obviously these lists are always completely subjective — and thus “completely bulletproof” — so feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments, too.
Morgan Moses may not be the best offensive linemen in the ACC, but he could very well end up being the most important to his team’s success this season. With very little experience at the quarterback position, the Hoos’ offense is filled with a ton of question marks, made even more frustrating by uncertainty about what Steve Fairchild’s new scheme will look like. This is a team undergoing a bit of a makeover right now, so for longtime players like Moses, it’s never been more important for them to buy in and help ease the transition.
To start, Moses is physically set up for success, even if you fail to consider any other part of this Virginia offense. At 6’6″ and 325 pounds, he’s just got a monster build that easily puts him in any defenders’ way, and appears to be gaining some speed too — a scary proposition to anyone who lines up against him. In the past, he’s been seen as a very capable run-blocker on initial contact, but one that can also be overwhelmed by more creative and/or delayed blitzes. This is where the speed would come in handy, and it’s imperative that he develops that part of his game as soon as possible. Moses has help on the line, but without him, this group appears much more underwhelming. He’s likely to be tested thoroughly each and every week and may be faced with taking on multiple defenders on a regular basis.
With regards to pass-blocking, the speed question does come up a bit (this time, with footwork), but I’d still argue he’s one of Virginia’s best nonetheless. It’s allowed his pro prospects to be questioned somewhat, though that’s not his or our focus right now. In order to have an effective run game and serviceable passing attack, the Hoos will rely heavily on Moses to lead the charge. Based on the work he’s done in the offseason, he appears up to the challenge, though we’ll have to wait for the real games to start. Should he succeed, both he and his team stand to reap some very large rewards.