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Gus Malzahn confident in Auburn's offensive line
Sept. 24, 2014

Auburn's offensive line protects Nick Marshall at Kansas State

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala.  Gus Malzahn says he feels good about getting Auburn's offensive back on track, and that he's confident that the offensive line and quarterback Nick Marshall can help lead the way.
Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee each said the offense was out of synch in last Thursday's 20-14 win at Kansas State. The No. 5 Tigers' first opportunity to pile up yards is against Louisiana Tech at 3 p.m. Saturday at homecoming before a run against Top 25 SEC teams.
Auburn's offensive line lost All-SEC performer Greg Robinson to the NFL Draft, then lost Alex Kozan to back surgery before the season began. Backup Jordan Diamond is out for the year after surgery, Malzahn said Tuesday.
Malzahn says the offensive line will press on.
Shon Coleman replaced Robinson at left tackle. Chad Slade, who played on the right side last year, is back at left guard as Kozan's replacement. Reese Dismukes is still at center. Pat Miller and Avery Young are on the right side.
"Alex Kozan was a freshman All-American and he had a full year's experience. He did a very solid job," Malzahn said during the SEC teleconference Wednesday. "We moved some people around, and any time you move people around, even though we have some experience, it takes a while to gel. If we can stay healthy up front, I feel confident we'll get nothing but better as the year goes on."
Malzahn also said Marshall has improved because he's found "overall confidence" and a "comfort zone with the offense."
"I think he's done a very solid job overall and I think he'll keep improving."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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