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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Carolina offensive line gets high praise

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Offensive lines generally don’t get the attention they deserve. But, this week, Carolina’s offensive line is getting some well-earned credit.

The Panthers have been named the NFC’s winners of the weekly Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award. A yearly winner of the award for best offensive line will be announced during Super Bowl week.

The performance of Carolina’s offensive line in Sunday’s victory against the New York Giants certainly deserves high praise. The Panthers helped Jonathan Stewart rush for a franchise-record 206 yards and the team finished with 247 rushing yards.

More importantly, the Panthers did it without their two best offensive linemen. Starting tackles Jordan Gross and Jeff Otah are out for the season with injuries. The Panthers went with Travelle Wharton at left tackle, Geofff Schwartz at right tackle, guards Keydrick Vincent and Mackenzy Bernadeau and center Ryan Kalil and were able to dominate against the Giants.