Auburn Freshman Looking Forward to '08 Season

Auburn freshman offensive tackle Lee Ziemba discusses the football Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Freshman All-SEC offensive tackle Lee Ziemba notes that he is already looking forward to his sophomore season.

Ziemba and fellow freshmen offensive line starters Chaz Ramsey and Ryan Pugh had a busy 2007 season, which ended New Year's Eve in Atlanta with an exciting 23-20 overtime victory vs. Clemson.

Their position coach, Hugh Nall, says he is proud of the effort they gave in pre-game practices leading up to the bowl and vs. Clemson as they learned a new spread offensive system installed by new coordinator Tony Franklin in nine practice sessions.

"Coach Franklin and Coach Nall made the transition real smooth," Ziemba tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "They acted like offensive change was going to happen. There were no ifs, ands or buts to it. That attitude they brought to it helped us to buy into it. Obviously, we have some work to do on the new offense, but we have a bright future awaiting."

The offense racked up a season-high total of 423 yards vs. Clemson, which Ziemba says is a preview of the 2008 season.

"When this offense is working, it is a blast," the freshman says. "Seeing those defensive people not even getting down in their defensive stance because they are so tired, you know exactly what to do--fire off the ball and make a play."

Ziemba and fellow freshman from Arkansas, QB Kodi Burns, played major roles in Auburn's bowl victory. Burns threw for a touchdown and scored the game-winner on a seven-yard keeper in overtime.

"I am very happy for Kodi," says Ziemba, who started all 13 games for the Tigers. "He got some opportunities to throw the football and some opportunities to run it and he showed what he can do. His future is bright.

"I am excited about our team's future on offense," Ziemba adds. "Going into the offseason, the freshmen are going to get bigger, stronger and faster. It's going to be a lot of fun."


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