Does Auburn Have Depth Issues On The Offensive Line?

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IJune 23, 2010

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Offensive lineman Lee Ziemba #73 of the Auburn Tigers watches play against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images


While doing some research for another article, I happened across some articles from back in the spring. The authors of these articles were commenting on the Auburn offensive line. This caught my eye so I took a look.

This piece was done by two pretty good writers. I looked at it in detail and found a part that needed further analysis. It seemed to be the consensus that Auburn was thin on offensive line.

I found this odd since most national prognosticators were predicting this to be Auburn’s strength. I decided to take an immediate look.

Offensive Line

Lee Ziemba is the big offensive left tackle for Auburn that has more often than not been the best offensive lineman on either team when he took the field for the last three years.

It would seem some are recognizing that fact this year.

There have been several reports from many different sources that all say he has been working relentlessly toward improving even more for 2010. It is his senior year and he will be missed when gone.

Ryan Pugh has been one of the best centers in the nation for some time. This is his senior year at Auburn and he will be missed as well.

Byron Isom is a big offensive guard and has been a very productive performer for Auburn. It is his senior year and he will be hard to replace.

Mike Berry is the other big senior offensive guard. He has been very productive for Auburn and will be hard to replace.

The above four offensive linemen make up the most experienced offensive line returning in the SEC.

The missing right tackle spot will be handled by these two relative newcomers.

Brandon Mosley this big junior can also play tight end. This year he will concentrate on right tackle.

Roszell Gayden a junior and natural left tackle. He will concentrate on right tackle this year.

The above players are projected to make up the Auburn starting offensive line. There are four seniors and two juniors in the group. They average about 315 lbs. across the line depending on how big lunch was.

Of course we all know that injuries can happen and fatigue can set in. What players can come in to relieve these starters when needed?

Bart Eddins is a 6’4” 300 lbs. senior that is a dependable substitute. Experience

John Sullen is a 6’6” 323 lbs sophomore that knows the system. Experience

Jorrell Bostrom is a 6’3” 336 lbs. junior college transfer. He can play and has had time to learn the offense. He will get some time this year. Experience

Jared Cooper is a 6’4” 309 lbs. junior that has worked in the system for a while. Experience

The players above were used in most games in 2009

AJ Green is a 6’5 280 lbs, junior that will play in select circumstances.

Andre Harris is a 6’3” 308 lbs. red shirt freshman.

Blake Burgess is a red shirt freshman that spent his first year putting on muscle. He is up to 265 lbs. now and can play center or guard if needed. He might see some time this year.

This is how the roster stood when the article I referenced was written. I guess if Auburn were to have three or four major injuries out of this group, it could have caused major problems.

True Freshmen

Eric Mack is a 6’4” 315 lbs. true freshman guard. With strength and conditioning he will gain some experience in 2010.

Ed Christian   is a 6’5” 290 lbs. true freshman tackle. He will learn the offense and work on strength and conditioning this year.

Chad Slade is a 6’6” 316 lbs. true freshman tackle. He will work on learning the offense with strength and conditioning this year.

Tunde Fariyike is a 6’3” 295 lbs. true freshman guard. His physical ability is unlimited but his playing experience is very limited. He will spend this year working on learning the offense with strength and conditioning.

Dakota Mosley is a 6’4” 252 lbs. true freshman tight end. I include this young man due to his skill as a long snapper. It is quite obvious with added strength and conditioning he could play anywhere on the offensive line as well.

While it is true that Auburn could have depth problems along the offensive line, it is not nearly so likely as with some SEC teams.