Ligon on line

No one is more acutely aware of Tennessee's offensive line struggles this spring than David Ligon. As the first-team center, he's been smack in the middle of them.

The front accomplished very little in terms of run-blocking or pass protection in last Saturday's full-scale scrimmage. Ligon isn't inclined to sugar-coat the problem but he isn't ready to concede defeat, either.

"I don't think I'm particularly happy with where we are," the 6-5, 300-pound senior said this week, "but I think we're going to get to where we need to be."

Although they were manhandled by Tennessee's defensive front last Saturday, the offensive linemen have not lost faith in their ability – individually or collectively.

"Confidence-wise, it's there," David Ligon said. "You can't be an offensive line – no matter what's going on – and not be confident. You're going to get beat if you have no confidence. We HAVE confidence. We just need to get production there."

It would be nice if the line could enjoy a little production in Saturday's Orange & White Game. Ligon concedes as much.

"That would make us sleep better at night," he said. "The spring game's going to be really big – to see how we are the end of the spring. Then we'll be able to do a lot of things in the offseason to improve."

Because of the shaky nature of the offensive line, Ligon has been working at both center and guard this spring. Which position he'll play this fall is anyone's guess. Ligon isn't worried, though. He doesn't care which spot he plays, so long as he plays.

"Not really at all," he said. "Coach (Phil Fulmer) is trying to get the best five guys out there. If there's a guy who can only play center or only play guard, I'm more than willing to slide into the other position, whatever it is."


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