All-SEC Freshman Kozan Pleased With OL's Play

Auburn's Alex Kozan, who has been named to the Coaches All-Freshman team, talks about his team's offensive success.

Auburn, Ala.--Alex Kozan, who started all 13 games for the Tigers at left offensive guard, has been selected to the Coaches Freshman All-SEC team announced on Thursday.

Kozan is part of a line that helped the Tigers win the SEC championship with a 12-1 record and lead the nation in rushing yardage with 335.7 yards per contest. He is the only Auburn player selected to the squad.

The 6-3, 297 redshirt freshman from Castle Rock, Colo., helped the Tigers set an SEC Championship Game record for rushing yards with 545. Auburn will take on FSU on Jan. 6th in the BCS National Championship Game.

"We have got the best damn offensive line coach (J.B. Grimes) in the country and you can print that," Kozan told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Kozan and the Tigers improved from 3-9 last season and are currently 12-1. "It is an amazing feeling to be SEC champion," he said. "It is a credit to our coaches, including our strength and conditioning coaches, and every player on the team from the star running back to the walk-ons bought in and everybody believed.

"With this offense anything can happen when we are rushing the ball like we are doing," he added. "Having more than 500 yards rushing (in the championship game) is a testament to the combination of our offensive line and our backs.

"Missouri's defensive line, give them credit," he said. "They caused a lot of problems against everybody a lot of teams this season with their twists and their slants. I thought everybody on the offensive line did a great job of picking that up allowing us to have the success we had."

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