During the wishbone days of the 1970s, most of the attention flowed to the quarterbacks and running backs, but it took a lot of powerful blocking to make the triple option go. Jim Bunch, a native of Mechanicsville, Va., was one of the best offensive lineman of the wishbone age. Bunch pushed his way into the starting lineup at guard as a freshman, and became a three-time All-SEC performer on teams that finished 34-2. During his senior year of 1979, Bunch earned All-America honors for an offensive juggernaut that moved the chains at a record clip—averaging 23.9 first downs per game—en route to a perfect 12-0 season and a second straight national championship.
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