Isom Sees Progress for the Offensive Line

Returning starter, Byron Isom, has become a regular on the lineup at guard for the Auburn football Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Returning starter Byron Isom will be one of the most experienced players on the most experienced part of the 2010 Auburn football team--the offensive line.

Isom notes that he is encouraged with what he is seeing this spring on his side of the football. "The scrimmage went pretty well," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers regarding Auburn's Saturday practice at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"The first group, we had a couple of busts we have to get corrected, but overall it went pretty well for the offense," Isom notes.

In the scrimmage Isom, a returning starter, was in the starting lineup at right guard while sophomore John Sullen handled the left guard spot with Mike Berry and Bart Eddins recovering from injuries. Ryan Pugh worked at center while veteran Lee Ziemba manned the left tackle spot and newcomer Brandon Mosley started at right tackle.

"We feel we can be good," Isom says of the offensive line group. "Every day Coach (Jeff) Grimes talks about wanting us to be the toughest offensive line. We have the talent and everything. It is all about our mindset."

Isom made a key block on a 65-yard touchdown run by tailback Mario Fannin in the scrimmage on Saturday. "Ice did a great job of pulling and kicking his man out and the receivers did a good job of blocking downfield," Fannin says.

Commenting on the play, Isom says, "Mario was following me. He is pretty explosive and we expect a lot of big things from him."

Looking at the big picture with the offensive line, Isom says, "We have made a lot of progress since the first of spring. Coach (Grimes) has said we are lot further along than we were at this time last year. Right now we are trying to just make strides.

"We are still in the spring," Isom adds. "We are just setting the foundation. We still have the summer and fall camp to get ready for the season. We are just trying to put in a good foundation."

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