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Bailey Sharp in 'all-time-famous Gus Malzahn offense'
Feb. 4, 2015

Bailey Sharp working toward spot in Auburn's offensive line

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Bailey Sharp isn't your typical football fan. He's not watching who has the football.

He's watching the offensive linemen on every play.

That's what offensive linemen do, and that what Bailey Sharp is doing heading into this, his freshman season at Auburn. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder from Sprayberry High in Marietta, Ga., is one of the Tigers' early enrollees, and he has a keen eye for his trade.

"Every football fan will watch the ball to see what happens, but I always watch the preset and what the offensive line does. It's cool to watch the first two steps, because as an offensive lineman, you can already tell what kind of play it's going to be," Sharp said. "I'm watching the techniques and what they're doing in synch, and what Coach Grimes is teaching."

That's J.B. Grimes, Auburn's offensive line coach, who is teaching.

"He's different," Sharp said. "Out of all the coaches I've seen, he mixes in a little bit of humor to make the day a little bit better and to lighten the day a little. When you're doing something that is so serious for so long, you eventually get tired. I see his teaching techniques as a breath of fresh air."

Sharp says Auburn wants him to play tackle, and to gain enough weight to play at 320 pounds.  He'd like to follow in the footsteps in some of Auburn's most recent headline-grabbing offensive linemen, as in Greg Robinson, the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft; and Reese Dismukes, the 2014 Rimington Trophy winner as the nation's top center.
"It's huge what they were able to do," Sharp said. "That adds on to the list of what Coach Grimes has told me. He's sent so many offensive players to the NFL. Sitting in here, and watching Greg's highlights, was really cool. It showed me what Coach Grimes is going to be able to teach me. I'm very excited about that."

Sharp also says being on campus early enough for spring practice is a bonus.

"It's so very crucial because I get such a huge head start in the education part, and down the line, I'll be on track to graduate with a master's degree, and that's huge," Sharp said. "The other thing is being able to get used to the offense  the all-time-famous Gus Malzahn offense  and to start absorbing every little detail."

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