Robert W. Grover,

PROVO — Few parts of BYU's offense have functioned well this season, but when assessing the big problem areas, offensive line play is near the bottom of the list.

When asked to assess the overall performance of the offensive line on Monday, starting left tackle Thomas Shoaf said, “Definitely a lot of positives, but there’s definitely a lot of room to improve. Obviously returning four starters has given us an advantage in experience, and things like that.”

Those returning starters are Shoaf, Tejan Koroma, Tuni Kanuch and Keyan Norman. The fifth offensive lineman, right tackle Austin Hoyt, saw plenty of game experience last season and started two games.

While some coaches prefer to rotate players along the offensive front, position coach Mike Empey has chosen to stick with his starting five most games, which has paid dividends.

“It’s definitely helped with unity and communication,” Shoaf said. “We’ve played next to one another enough that a lot of that communication is unsaid. We can trust each other and know each other’s tendencies.”

As far as things the offensive line hopes to improve, producing more rushing yards is a big focus.

“Part of that is just getting behind in points, but there’s a lot of times where (if) we’re better on our blocks, then those (runs) would have broken out better and gotten more yards,” Shoaf said.

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