The Duncan Banner
Offensive linemen don’t always get the attention that skill position players get.
But that doesn’t bother Duncan senior offensive linemen Daniel Moore and Alyx Turner.
“We know what the skill guys say about us — that we’re the ones that make it possible for them to score touchdowns,” Moore said.
Moore plays left tackle and Turner plays center. Duncan coach Jim Hollloway said the two were unlike many before them, in that they were quick to embrace their roles as linemen.
“Most of the kids who start playing the sport, they want to be the glory guys,” he said. “They don’t want to get down in the trenches.”
But that wasn’t the case with Moore or Turner, Holloway said.
“If we could get more players to come through this program with the desire and work ethic they’ve brought, then we’ll never be hurting for the program,” he said.
Turner isn’t built like your typical lineman — as a freshman, he weighed 140 pounds. Despite that, Holloway said Turner — who now weighs 184 — has developed into one of the best centers he’s coached at Duncan.
At 282 pounds, Moore resembles what people may consider a typical lineman. While he and Turner may differ in size, they do not differ in terms of attitude, Holloway said.
“They’re just first class in every sense of the word,” he said. “They’ve done all the little things for all four years they’ve been in the program.”
Turner credits his success to working on technique.
“It comes down to staying low, staying with your blocks and talking with each other,” he said.
The last point refers to the linemen working together, something Moore said is important to the offense’s success.
“What it comes down to is that teams may stunt or blitz a linebacker,” he said. “So you’ve got to communicate with each other, to let everyone know what the defense looks like and what you need to pick up.”
The two linemen said this year’s Demons play well together, the best of any group they’ve played with.
“I remember our freshmen year, we constantly argued,” Moore said. “We had a lot of talent but guys were bickering. This year’s group has been great. There’s no fighting or arguing.”
Turner added, “When you play well together, you become better as a whole.”
The Demons will look to translate that teamwork into wins in their final two games of the season. Moore repeated the word “execute” regarding what the Demons need to do to win those games.
As he and Turner pointed out, when the offensive line executes up front, the skill players can take it from there.
“Battles are won and lost in the trenches,” Moore said.