Says Moore, "Athletic ability isn't the primary thing for offensive linemen. It's the look in their eyes. The good ones look different to me. They have tremendous intensity and take great self-pride in every snap." Moore constantly stresses leverage and repeatedly tells his players, "If your feet stop, you might as well go back to the huddle. If you hit the ground, you might as well go back to the huddle." Additionally, unlike a lot of major schools, Pitt teaches offensive linemen how to pass block—and that makes them prime pro prospects. Says Moore, "We don't prepare them for a practice, a game or a season. We prepare them for their futures."
For all his screaming and abuse, Moore confesses, "I never forget what it's like to be 17, 18, 19. There's a great deal of insecurity. I remember what it's like to fail at that age. They can all take criticism as long as you notice when they do it right. We should never forget that we're dealing with a human being going from Boy to Tarzan, but there's an awful lot of Boy under that helmet."
And in Fralic's case, an awful lot of Tarzan. Whether he has enough Tarzan in him to swing above the throng of backs and over to the Heisman tree remains to be seen. Heisman voters are getting increasingly sensitive about never having selected an interior lineman for the award. "I may play great and not get it," he says, "or not play great and get it. Who knows what sportswriters think." Who knows.
Says his dad of the Heisman talk, "Never rule nothin' out. This is America."
Whatever happens, Fralic knows two things for sure. Eating gyros at Niko's is as close as one can get to heaven before the real event, and "everything always works out for me. Everything."
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