September 8, 2008

Position change pays off for Bosley

Jason Bosley may have been surprised. But he didn't hesitate.

Last Wednesday, just three days before Auburn was to take on Southern Miss, offensive line coach Hugh Nall asked Bosley, who has started 17 games at center, if he was willing to switch positions with right tackle Ryan Pugh.

Bosley didn't think twice.

"I'm going to do what's best for the team," he said.

With just two practices under his belt at the new position, Bosley admits he has some extra butterflies when he stepped onto the turf at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Fortunately, the butterflies subsided after a pass-rush drill against Antonio Coleman.

"I was really, really nervous before the game because I was worried about the speed when we were doing pass pro," Bosley said. "I went against A.C., and I did fine. I was like, 'OK, if I can block him, I can block anybody.'"

The move turned out to be even better for the team than anyone could have imagined.

Bosley, who hadn't played tackle since his freshman year of high school, graded out a team-high 94 percent against USM with five rodeo blocks and two cockroach blocks.

Bosley, who was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts, said the move appears permanent.

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