July 17, 2008

AU features sophomore bookends at OT

Auburn enters fall practice with a pair of returning starters at offensive tackle in sophomores Lee Ziemba and Ryan Pugh.

Both earned Freshmen All-American honors last season.

Ziemba, who started all 13 games at right tackle, made the successful move to the left side in the spring.

"I think the biggest thing with Lee is he's such a competitor and so aggressive," said AU offensive line coach Hugh Nall. "Lee has to continue to work on his sets and when he flips his hips in pass protection, working on little things like his hands tighter together with his punch.

"Really, a lot of things have to get better for him to be as good as he has a chance to be."

Nall sees that same aggressiveness and toughness in Pugh. He also sees plenty of room for improvement.

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