Auburn Football: Offensive Position Grades vs Louisiana Tech

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Sep 27, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Cameron Artis-Payne (44) carries against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs during the second half at Jordan Hare Stadium. The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 45-17. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Line

One of the most concerning aspects of the Auburn offense is the offensive line. Entering the season, the Tigers were regarded as having one of the best units in the nation. However, injury struck before fall practice even started and Alex Kozan, a Freshman All-American in 2013, was ruled out for the season following an off-season accident.

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  • The Tigers had been very fortunate in 2013 to not suffer any major injuries among the offensive line starters, and before the 2014 season could begin, the unit was already in need of shuffling players among multiple positions. That practice continued Saturday when Patrick Miller – who has started all four games at right tackle – was forced to leave the game. He is considered day-to-day.

    “We had to play some musical chairs there with Pat going down in the middle of the game,” offensive coordinator Rhatt Lashlee said in his Sunday media session. “I thought Devonte Danzey did a good job of stepping in there and playing well for us.”

    Danzey and the rest of the group, which includes guards Chad Slade and Avery Young that swapped positions prior to the game against the Bulldogs, performed decently well considering the circumstances.

    Auburn rushed for 254 yards and averaged 5.3 yards per carry Saturday, both of which are good numbers, though not the great ones we are used to seeing out of the rushing attack. The O-Line also allowed the second sack of an Auburn quarterback this season.

    As a group, the line is good. They just haven’t been as impressive as the front five that paved the way for 328.3 rushing yards per game last season. Saturday was much of the same. We’ll need to see a better performance against LSU this week.

    Grade: B