Ziemba Comments on Scrimmage and the Offense

A report on Auburn's third preseason football scrimmage features comments from offensive lineman Lee Ziemba.

Auburn, Ala.--Offensive left tackle Lee Ziemba, who is scheduled to start for a third consecutive year on the Auburn offensive line, said after Saturday's third preseason scrimmage that he is seeing progress with the offense.

"I think everything is going okay," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We are just trying to fine tune things before our first showdown, which is two weeks away.

"I think timing is the big thing for us to improve," the 6-7, 310 junior said. "That is what we got out of what we were doing today working against the scouts (scout team).

"It wasn't an overly physical day," he noted. "We just went out and ran our base stuff and tried to improve our timing. If we keep working on that we should be ready to go against Louisiana Tech."

Unlike the previous scrimmages, defensive players were not allowed to tackle offensive players to the ground, something the team calls "thud."

Commenting on how he is doing in his first season with Jeff Grimes as offensive line coach, the junior said, "I feel like I have gotten a lot better. Coach Grimes has taught me so much. I have also tried some new things, some new techniques. I was a little skeptical at first, but I tried them out and they work. It is pretty exciting. I feel like I am playing my best ball."

Talking about the offensive front, Ziemba says, "We're gelling well. We've got a great starting five."

The offense has generally had the edge vs. the defense in matchups this preseason, but Ziemba says he see progress on the other side of the football.

"I think the defense is improving, too," he notes. "Nick Fairley (defensive lineman) sticks out to me. He is stepping up and A.C. (defensive end Antonio Coleman) is doing well. They are looking good."

Ziemba says he is eager to begin playing real games. "It feels like camp has lasted forever," he says with a smile.

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