O-Line Makes Improvement on A-Day

Comments from Auburn's players and coaches are featured in this report on Auburn's spring football game.

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive line coach Hugh says his initial impression from Auburn's annual spring football game is that the offensive line improved.

The only returning starter in the group, King Dunlap, saw the same thing as the first offense scored four touchdowns on Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 31,757 on a cool and windy day at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The team with the first offense and the second defense won 27-7.

"I need to watch the film, but I was pleased," Nall said. "The first drive, I thought we stalled out a little bit too much. I talked to them after that and the rest of the day I thought they showed a little more toughness.

"We still have a long way to go, but we have definitely improved from the first and second scrimmages. I am still not pleased with the second group. I thought the first group did some good things and showed more finish in the red zone."

Dunlap, who started at left tackle, is back as a senior and is expected to nail down the starting spot again this year.

"We have made a whole lot of progress from our first day this spring which was really ugly," Dunlap says. "We had a really good day. Anytime Brandon (Cox) throws for as many yards as he did today we had to be doing our job to give him time to throw the ball.

"I think we are beginning to gel as a group and that is real important," he adds. "We still have a lot of room for improvement."

"I feel like I am a better player than I was at this time last year--a lot better player, but there are still things I need to work on," he adds.

Linebacker Patrick Trahan says he has noticed a change in the offensive front. "I have seen a lot of improvement," he notes. "The line is coming together as a unit and they are working together. They are making their calls and switching on blocks. In the beginning of the spring they were having some trouble with some of our blitzes. They were able to pick them up today."

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