Pat Dye is one of the most influential figures in the history of Auburn football. The legend simultaneously served as athletic director/head football coach from 1981-1991 and guided Auburn to four SEC titles (1983, 1987, 1988, 1989).
So when Dye speaks, he has Auburn fans’ full attention.
The three-time SEC Coach of the Year recently made a bold projection on his Scout.com column that should delight the fanbase. Kamryn Pettway led the SEC in rushing yards per game last season and if Dye is correct, the running back could be in store for an even more production campaign.
“I really think the 2017 Auburn football team has potentially more talent on the offensive line than any other team the Tigers have had since I came to Auburn in 1981,” Dye said.
That’s lofty praise from a man who’s coached an offensive line which helped spring big runs from 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson.
Dye said besides second team All-American Braden Smith, the rest of Auburn’s offensive line is under the radar but shouldn’t be underestimated.
Despite lacking all-star status I think his group has unlimited potential when you combine the ones coming back with the transfer from Florida State (Wilson Bell)?and the transfer from Jacksonville State (Casey Dunn) plus getting some back who were injured along with the maturing of young linemen. I think all the pieces are in place.
Dye also expects Austin Golson to set up as one of the leaders on the line.
Auburn kicks off the season on Sept. 2 vs. Georgia Southern.