Star USC Football OL recognized as top CFB Left Guard of first half

Andrew Vorhees, USC Football, USC Trojans
Andrew Vorhees, USC Football, USC Trojans / Ronald Martinez/GettyImages

Andrew Vorhees came into the season as USC Football's best returning player, and has been excellent again this season. After being the only lineman in the country to post BOTH a 90+ run-blocking grade AND 90+ pass-blocking grade last year, he's been fantastic again for Lincoln Riley's high-powered offense.

To prove it, he's got an 80.2 PFF grade. That's the highest grade in the Pac-12 through the first seven weeks of the year. Why does this article keep mentioning PFF? Because PFF just released their Midseason All-American team during the week this week, and Vorhees was their First-Team Left Guard.

SC's offensive line has paved the way for some great offensive performances. So great that the team has averaged 40.4 points per game on the season, and 475.3 yards per game on the year. Both are top 20 marks in all of America. A lot of that has to do with SC controlling the line of scrimmage in the trenches.

To prove it, they have constantly set the tone when it comes to running the ball. The Trojans are also top 20 in yards per rush (5.4). It opens up so much for QB Caleb Williams, who has thrown 19 touchdown passes (while adding three rushing scores) and has only turned the ball over once. He's averaging 10 adjusted passing yards per attempt.

USC Football's Offensive Line, and Andrew Vorhees in particular, is experienced.

Andrew Vorhees has been with USC Football since 2017. All six of the offensive linemen with USC who get regular snaps came into the season having started a significant amount of games in their college football careers before, which has been crucial. On the flip side of that, it means that a few of them likely won't be back next year.

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Vorhees will likely be off to the NFL himself, and will likely be going in the first or second round. It's for good reason, and his performance this season is of course a major part of that. PFF certainly didn't miss it, and gave credit where it was due.