September 30, 2008

O-line ready to get nasty back

Auburn's offensive line was pretty hyped up heading into the season.

With four starters returning after a solid 2007, hopes were high that this year's o-line would be one of the SEC's best. Instead, through the Tigers' first five games, the unit hasn't come close to meeting expectations.

AU has given up a total of seven sacks, is averaging just 109 rushing yards in three SEC games and has committed a multitude of false start and holding penalties.

"Every play, somebody is messing up," sophomore left tackle Lee Ziemba said. "As an offensive line, we feel like we're, at times, struggling to get off the ball. We're making some mental errors that we shouldn't be making.

"The penalties are something that should be addressed and corrected. They will be. There is no excuse for that. It's my fault."

Senior Jason Bosley, who moved from center to right tackle after the first game of the season, called Saturday's game against Tennessee one of his worst ever. He gave up a sack and didn't grade out well in his run blocking assignments.

"I've just got to get back to work," Bosley said. "That's the big thing. Every year you have one of those games where nothing seems to be going right for you."

Auburn's o-linemen are determined to turn it around, starting this week. It began with an attitude adjustment during a Sunday meeting.

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