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The Michigan football offensive line is leaving a lasting legacy

Zak Zinter breaks down how the Michigan football offensive line is pursuing another Joe Moore Award in 2023.



Michigan football offensive line, Zak Zinter, Joe Moore Award
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The Maize and Blue have revived their program over the past two seasons, winning back-to-back Big Ten titles and making the College Football Playoff in consecutive years. Much of the Wolverines’ newfound success can be credited to the elite Michigan football offensive line, which has now won the Joe Moore Award (nation’s best O-line) in consecutive seasons. Ahead of the 2023 season, with the Wolverines gunning for this prestigious award for the third year in a row, the offensive line is looking to leave a lasting legacy, according to star lineman Zak Zinter.

Zak Zinter, Michigan football offensive line looking to leave a lasting legacy in the Maize and Blue this fall

No program had even won the Joe Moore Award in consecutive seasons until the Michigan football offensive line achieved that feat in 2021 and 2022. These elite offensive lines have paved the way for an impressive 25-3 overall record, a 19-1 Big Ten record, and numerous other accomplishments, including two conference championships and two playoff berths.

In 2023, Michigan football is aiming for more. Both the players and media have emphasized that it seems to be national title or bust for Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines this fall. Additionally, Zak Zinter, a star member of both Joe Moore Award-winning offensive lines, is determined to contribute to leaving a lasting legacy with the Wolverines this year.

“The last two years, the O-line has definitely left a legacy. I mean, we won the Joe Moore Award in back-to-back years, which is the first to ever be done by any college football team,” Zak Zintger said in an interview on the Michigan football Instagram account. “I think we are going to be pretty darn good this year again. I am not sure if they’ll let us win [the Joe Moore Award] three years in a row, but it’s definitely a goal we are going to strive for.”

With the stakes higher than ever before in Ann Arbor, the 2023 season is poised to be monumental for the Michigan football program. It carries immense significance as it may very well shape the entire future of the program — now, it’s time for the Maize and Blue to claim the program’s first national title in nearly three decades behind yet another stellar offensive line.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.