August 27, 2008

Offensive line paving the way

In front of every great running back there is usually an equally talented offensive line.

Such would be the case at Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs return Anthony Dixon, who rushed for over 1,151 yards last year, and it is the offensive line's goal to help him reach the 1,000-yard plateau once again.

"Anthony Dixon is a great back," said senior left guard Anthony Strauder. "It's on our shoulders to get him over 1,000 yards. I think as a unit, we are finally coming together. We've got some young guys that are stepping up."

MSU only returns two starters from a year ago but has a wealth of experience coming back. Strauder is the most experienced lineman returning having started 30 games in the trenches. Strauder said he has tried to pass his knowledge down to some of the younger players.

"They know that I am a guy that has experience and if they don't know what to do that they can count on me to be there for them," Strauder said. "Basically, we have just been working on fundamentals and technique so we can do the right things on every play and come out hard."

Strauder credits veteran offensive line coach J.B. Grimes for helping him progress during his career.

"Coach Grimes is a tremendous coach," Strauder said. "He stresses the little things. He's very consistent and he comes with his lunch pail everyday ready to work hard. He's a demanding coach and I think he's made me a better player."

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