AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s Gus Malzahn knew his offensive line would straighten out some wrinkles as the season got underway.
After his offensive line struggled in Auburn’s opening game against Clemson, the head coach is pleased with the way his linemen have continued to respond through the Tigers’ first five games.
“They’ve gotten better,” Malzahn said. “We thought they would as long as we stayed healthy.”
In the offseason a couple of Auburn’s players shuffled positions, leaving only guards Braden Smith and Alex Kozan with consistent experience at their spots. Even despite center Xavier Dampeer sitting out of Auburn’s homecoming win over ULM, the transitions have continued to become smoother.
“We just knew it was a matter of time,” Malzahn said. “We felt like we could be a good, solid offensive line. They’re continuing to improve, but you can tell they’re getting better each game.”
Now the line is facing the added challenge of traveling for their first SEC road game of the season — in one of the loudest venues in the southeastern conference.
“It’s going to be a big communication week because they do have the cowbells and now that they’ve bowled that one end it is louder than it used to be,” Malzahn said. “Communication will definitely be a big part of this week. The fact that Xavier has experience I think will do nothing but help him. Those veteran guards around him, it will do nothing but help.”