Nall Ready for "Foxhole" Approach

A report on the Auburn football team's offensive front is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive line coach Hugh Nall says it is time for "foxhole football" as the Auburn Tigers try to snap a two-game losing streak this week as New Mexico State visits Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Nall's linemen and the rest of the Tigers will return to practice on Tuesday to begin putting in the game plan for the Aggies as Auburn tries to break a two-game losing streak as the offense has struggled to score points.

"There is no other way except keep just grinding," Nall says when asked how the Tigers will try to get back on the winning track.

"You have got to work harder," the veteran offensive line coach says. "I remember my freshman year in college was Dooley's (Georgia coach Vince Dooley's) only losing season. It was a rough year, but you just kept going, kept going and kept going and you fight through it and just keep working harder and find out who is with you.

"This is foxhole football, you know," Nall adds. "You find out being in a foxhole who is going to fight and scratch and claw to make it through it. Those that aren't need to get on out of there--go somewhere else, do something else.

"This a back-to-back situation here," he says. "You don't want anybody in a foxhole with you who isn't going to fight to win, whatever the situation is. That is the way you approach it. We are going to get us a good game plan, try to keep getting better and go on down the road."

Nall and the Tigers will prepare for New Mexico State without right guard Leon Hart, who is listed as being out six to eight weeks with a shoulder separation after suffering an injury last Saturday.

Tackle King Dunlap suffered an arm injury in the 19-14 loss to Mississippi State and was replaced by Andrew McCain in the first half. "He did okay," Nall says of McCain. "He did some good things. Once again, we have got to get better." Dunlap's injury was called a muscle strain and is not believed to be serious.

Nall notes that Antwoin Daniels is going to work at right guard where Mike Berry is the starter. Berry missed Sunday's practice with an unspecified injury and Nall says he isn't sure when the redshirt freshman will return. "Chaz Ramsey has been backing up there also," says Nall, who adds of the true freshman guard's availability to play, "That is definitely an option."

Jason Bosley

The line coach says that center Jason Bosley was "good again" and guard Tyronne Green was "pretty good" against Mississippi State.

Commenting on the OL group as a whole, he says, "I thought they played okay. Once again, we asked them to do some things as far as the gun stuff and the option and that type stuff that was a little different than some of your zone stuff and your rule blocking stuff. Overall, I thought they were pretty good, but once again not as good as I would like it to be."


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