March 21, 2008

O-line flip-flop a success

Lee Ziemba started all 13 games at right tackle last season. Ryan Pugh started seven games at left tackle.

But for Auburn's first 10 spring practices, Ziemba has worked on the left side and Pugh on the right.

Ziemba played left tackle in high school but moved to the right side during fall practice to compete for the starting position, which he won two weeks before the opening game.

Pugh was all set to redshirt but injuries and subpar play from returning starting left tackle King Dunlap forced Pugh into the starting lineup at left tackle, a position he played in high school even though he was recruited as a center.

"I just felt like that was the best move and that's where I feel like Lee should be," said AU offensive line coach Hugh Nall. "I think Lee is a left tackle. Ryan, I think, can play right. Still, Ryan at some point is going to start getting reps at center also.

"There are still some techniques that I see in problems with their set. But overall, I really think it's gone well."

Pugh said he and Ziemba are becoming more comfortable with the move every day.

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