Auburn football DL on offensive line: “They’re all a lot stronger”

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One of the biggest issues for the Auburn football team last year was the offensive line. From Nick Brahms’ unexpected medical retirement to injuries to lack of bodies, the o-line impacted what the rest of the team could do (and couldn’t do) throughout the season.

The Tigers have historically struggled to recruit offensive linemen out of high school, and when Hugh Freeze inherited the group this season it was in critical condition. His recruitment of offensive linemen was key in 2023, and such effort will need to continue over the next few years.

There are expected to be four new starters on the line this year, and three of them are likely to be the brand new transfers Gunner Britton, Dillon Wade, and Avery Jones. Izavion Miller, making his way to the Plains from junior college, is also a contender to start. The OL personnel are going to look different, and hopefully they will play different.

This morning, Auburn football defensive lineman Jayson Jones joined the Locked on Auburn podcast to discuss the first week of spring practice. Jones transferred to the Plains last season from Oregon, and quickly became an impact player on the Tigers’ defense. As someone who has been facing off with the developing offensive line, here’s what he had to say about the improvement of the group:

"“I think they’re all a lot stronger. They’re a lot faster. I feel like they’re very confident in what they do, and you can see a difference.”"

Jones went on to say that he feels like each of the offensive lineman have their own thing, like for example, Dillon Wade hits hard and is great in pass protection. Gunner Britton, Kam Stutts, and Tate Johnson got shoutouts, as well. The d-lineman said he is excited for the whole OL, and he’s glad they are doing well so far.

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