Miller, Young Making Moves On Offensive Line

Auburn is shuffling the offensive line in the spring with Patrick Miller working at right tackle with Avery Young moving inside to right guard.

Auburn, Ala.--Spring football practice is a time for experimentation and that is exactly what Coach J.B. Grimes is doing on the offensive line with the move of Patrick Miller back to right tackle from the left side and Avery Young inside to right guard.

Trying to get the best five offensive linemen on the field, Auburn is taking a look at a line that consists of Shon Coleman at left tackle, Alex Kozan at left guard, Reese Dismukes at center, and Young alongside Miller on the right side.

Getting his first chance back on the right side, Miller said the transition is an easy one for him to make even though he has spent the first half of the spring at left tackle.

"I transitioned to the left side and sharing reps with Shon over there," Miller said. "One day I'll be going with the orange and one day I'll be going with the blue. He is doing the same thing. Then they moved me to the right side. I was playing right tackle with the orange group today and with the last practice."

Avery Young

While the move is an easy one for Miller, for Young it's definitely more complicated. A player who used his athleticism to pull while in high school, he hasn't had that opportunity the last two years on the Auburn offensive line at tackle. Now back inside he said it will take some getting used to, but so far so good.

"It's pretty good, not that bad," Young said. "I know the system a lot better than I did last year so that helps a lot. The last two practices I've been working at it, just learning it. Chad (Slade) is teaching me a lot making sure I'm doing my job."

"It just brings back my high school days," he added. "I used to be a beast at it. I think the running backs like it a lot more as far as me being able to get out in front of them. I'm just really learning the system and getting my footwork right. There's a big difference than playing at right tackle."

Starting the first five games at right tackle last season before Young moved into that role, Miller is bigger and stronger this spring and it is showing in his play. As for being back on the right side he noted that it's not something that is difficult for him other than flipping how he does everything.

"A little bit, but I just had to switch over and switch up all my plays," Miller said. "You have to be ready for anything because we've got six of the best offensive linemen in college football, and you've got five spots."

With Young moving to right guard, it has meant that the veteran Slade has split time between the right side with Young and the left side with Kozan. With 36 career starts under his belt, Slade gives the offense the option of having a veteran who can play either side. With six quality linemen with experience to battle for give spots, Miller said that's a great feeling moving forward for the offense.

"I just feel like we have a ton of depth," Miller said. "I feel like we're finally running an offense that we've had two years to learn. We've got a killer offensive line and an awesome offense. It's very exciting. I feel good and feel like we're going to be a force. We've got to get a lot better, we always have to get better."


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