The legacy goes back much further—names like Jim Dombrowski (Col '85) and Mark Dixon (Col '93) come to mind—but in this century, first-round picks like D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Col '05), Eugene Monroe (Col '09) and Branden Albert (Col '09) have allowed UVA's football program to snag a formidable nickname.
"When I was getting recruited here, all I heard about was UVA's offensive line and, 'UVA is Offensive Line U'," says current Cavalier tackle Morgan Moses.
Moses, UVA's junior right tackle, and his counterpart on the left side, senior Oday Aboushi, have done a lot since they arrived here to bolster their budding legacy.
The two bookends for the 2012 Cavalier offensive line give UVA a foundation up front that makes most teams across the country jealous.
"It was a little bit of a culture shock," Aboushi says. "I love my city back home … but at the same time I love what Charlottesville has to offer, the pace it has to offer, and the beauty it has to offer as well."
In September of 2011, Aboushi, whose parents emigrated from Palestine to the U.S., was one of about a dozen Muslim athletes honored by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a White House reception.
"I try to do what I do on the field and operate it in the classroom—give it all I can give," Moses says.
Moses, Aboushi and Luke Bowanko, as well as graduated standouts Austin Pasztor and Anthony Mihota in the middle, gave UVA one of the ACC's most consistent lines in 2011, with the same five players starting every game last season during the squad's 8-5 Chick-fil-A Bowl campaign. With Moses, Aboushi and Bowanko back in 2012 along with a slew of key skill players such as wide receiver Tim Smith and tailbacks Perry Jones and Kevin Parks, the immediate future for the Cavaliers' offense looks promising.
As for that incredible offensive line legacy, the squad's two tackles are aware of the prestige and the expectations that come with playing in the trenches for the Cavaliers.
"That's something that [Oday and I] and the other lineman around here are trying to take forward and just keep running with it," Moses says.