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There's been a lot of concern about losing the better part of our entire offensive line. Those guys have a lot of starts, but that's my point. While it hurts to lose them, it's important to remember that almost all of them were starting as freshman and sophomores. And they were pretty damn good from the get go. We are recruiting what might be the new best offensive line I've ever seen at Auburn. If you're big and bad, it doesn't matter how old you are. Anyway, just something to think about.
Make that big and bad, and extremely well coached.
There's an old saying that I think has some relevance:
Age and treachery will usually triumph over youth and skill.
So while they are young, yet extremely talented, there will be times where that youth is somewhat of a detriment. And it'll come against teams with a veteran DL that's just as talented as the youthful OL.
However, being as DL is THE strength of the SEC, it won't take long for a young OL to become seasoned. By 2012 it'll be a fearsome unit.
"Alabama fans love Alabama football, Auburn fans love Auburn" -- Patrick Fain Dye
These guys have so much up side. They will certainly benefit from our outstanding O Line coach. Can't wait to see them all in the Orange and Blue.
Chemistry is important on the o-line. The talent is there, the question will be how quickly (and if) these guys come together the way the last group did.
When those guys were freshman, they had leaders like Jason Bosley at center, and a few other vets around them.
The atmosphere around the program these days really promotes camaraderie and a tight knit group....hopefully that will contribute to the chemistry off the field, which always helps on the field.
If all goes well, we could be talking about these guys for years to come.
This post was edited by jadennis on 1/27/2011 at 3:19 PM
Well nowadays they start to bond with each other during recruiting trips, all star games etc. Not to say the last group didn't but with Facebook, text messaging etc becoming so much more a part of our culture over the last 5 years it helps create a bond right away. Of course they will still have to build that chemistry on the field as well. Just my 2 cents.
Let's don't forget Brandon Mosley at right tackle. For him to come in from juco and fill in immediately when Greene went down was huge for us and his experience this year will be huge for our young tackles. John Sullen who is quite simply a first class kid will be a big asset as well. All of our lineman that are left this year will help these new recruits adapt and help to mold them into a cohesive unit. No doubt experience is missing, but developing chemistry on the o-line will help them right away. There are a lot of intangibles that Ziemba, Pugh, Berry & Isom left for the guys that will fill their positions. Their work ethic, determination and overall attitude will serve future lineman at AU for many years to come. Other than experience which is huge, I feel like our talent level on the line is getting even better. It is a tribute to our coaches and the players before them. Running back U is fast becoming O lineman U as well.
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