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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Keys To Success in Malzahn's Offense

Auburn's "O" line was key to 2010 success

Lee Ziemba, Ryan Pugh, Byron Isom, Mike Berry, John Sullen, Andre Harris, Bart Eddins, Jorrell Bostrom, AJ Greene, Jared Cooper, Donnie Riggins, and Blake Burgess. These are the guys that played a vital role in winning the 2010 BCS National Championship.

 Cam Newton can't stand in the pocket and pass without them. Mike Dyer couldn't have rushed for over 1,000 yards without some lanes for those short powerful legs to drive through.

 Without those names at the top of the page, Kodi Burns never throws a TD pass to Cam Newton against Ole Miss. 

 The big key to that 2010 team's success was a wonderfully talented offensive line. Most of the big open field plays involved a pulling guard, and some sort of misdirection. These type of plays are only going to work well with an experienced and talented offensive line. 

 Auburn has recruited the best overall offensive line class in the country the last two years of the Chizik tenure. It's time for that to pay off.  

 In a recent interview with's Joel A. Erickson -@JoelAEricksonAU  Auburn's new offensive line coach J. B. Grimes made this statement: 
"I know how to block the inside zone, I know how to block the power, I know how to block the counter, I know how to block those plays, and I know the blocking schemes, and I know how to teach guys to do that," Grimes said. "Against every kind of front known to man."

 When asked about the use of the word spread offense, Coach Grimes chimed in with this:  
"Well, I think it's one of those things where you get the term spread, and people automatically think you're throwing the ball all over the place, and you're not very physical," Grimes said. "Nothing could be further from the truth."

 This gives you an insight of the mentality of Coach Grimes. He will instill this attitude in the minds and play of the Auburn offensive line. Auburn's offensive success depends on that. 

 The gentlemen that will be in charge of paving the way for the speedy men that get to carry and catch the football will be key to that success.

 So, get ready Patrick MillerChad Slade, Alex Kozan, Tunde Fariyiki, Robert Leff, Greg Robinson, Wayne Adams, Shane Callahan, Delondre DeJarnett, Colton Wingard, Reese Dismukes, and Eric Averett

 With Avery Young, & Jordan Diamond reportedly back to full health, and Shon Coleman apparently finally ready to step on the field, Praise be to GOD for that, Auburn's offensive line could be ready to step their play up a notch, and make a difference.

 Get ready for the road graders.


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