Improved Mosley Ready For Title Test

Auburn junior offensive tackle Brandon Mosley talks about his improvement this season and getting ready to face Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game.

Scottsdale, Ariz--It has been a long and winding road for the Auburn football program to get to the national championship game. With its last title coming in 1957, Auburn has had several deserving teams over the years but each came up just short in its quest to be number one.

While the program has come a long way over the years, nothing and nobody has come as far as junior offensive tackle Brandon Mosley and he's done it in just 365 days. Enrolling at Auburn last January out of junior college, Mosley was a combination defensive end/tight end out of Coffeyville Junior College that had never played offensive line before.

Moving into the starting lineup at right tackle when A.J. Greene went down with an injury against Clemson, the 6-6, 299 Jefferson, Ga., native had done nothing but improve and now stands on the threshold of playing for a national title. He said sometimes he still can't believe how things have turned out.

"One year ago I was at a junior college playing for an okay team," Mosley said. "We didn't win our conference or anything. Coming here and playing for the national championship is unreal.

"It has been amazing," he added. "I'm blessed to be here. I have been enjoying hanging out with my teammates. I'm just enjoying it all and taking it all in."

Getting a head start on the season by enrolling for spring practice, Mosley was expected to be in a battle with fellow junior college signee Roszell Gayden for the right tackle position but because of his lack of a background at the position he struggled to make the transition. That allowed Greene to jump into the starting spot and gave Mosley something to shoot for.

When he finally got his opportunity the athletic lineman said he just tried to improve and he feels like he's done just that as the season has progressed.

"When I first got here I was playing tackle and didn't know anything about it," Mosley said. "Now I feel like I've gotten a lot better. I still feel like I can get a lot better but I have improved a lot.

"I think it's mostly my run blocking," he added. "Me and Ice (Isom) with our double teams. I think we've gotten better at that."

Brandon Mosley is shown at Friday's practice.

That improvement has been very apparent to Mosley and especially his coach Jeff Grimes. Grimes has talked about going back to the first South Carolina game and watching the difference in his right tackle from then until the end of the season. Mosely said that day in the film room is one he won't soon forget.

"I remember that well," Mosley said. "Watching the first time I started it looked like the first time I had ever played tackle. It has gotten a lot better since then."

Mosley will need to be at his best come Monday night as the Tigers get ready to face a talented and speedy Oregon defense for the national title. With the game's ultimate prize riding on the line Mosley said it's going to be a fun game for everyone involved and he can't wait to strap on the pads.

"They are a good defense," Mosley said. "They might be undersized but they are very good. They have stopped a lot of good teams. It's going to be a challenge that's for sure. It's going to be a great game. We've watched a lot of film to try to game plan for them. We'll see what happens."

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