Gus Malzahn: Auburn offensive line in ‘better shape’ ahead of meeting with top-ranked Georgia

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was proud of the effort his offensive linemen exhibited at Texas A&M.

Darius James and Mike Horton tried to go, but continued to deal with nagging ankle injuries. Fortunately the Tigers feel better about their offensive front heading into a matchup with No. 1 Georgia.

“We talk about the depth that we’ve had. For two weeks in a row Marquell Harrell and Prince Tega really came in and did a super job. We expect everybody to play Saturday. We’re not ready to say who’s starting and all that, but we’re in better shape than we were last week.”

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Auburn still appears to be finding its perfect lineup as injuries have been suffered recently.

“We’ve had injuries up front, but we’ve never had injuries up front and been this successful,” Malzahn said. It says a lot our depth. It says a lo about coach (Herb) Hand.”

Malzahn again praised senior Austin Golson, who’s continued to shuffle along and play different positions on the line.

“Austin has started at four different positions, he’s played five different positions,” Malzahn said. “I’ve never heard of that — especially in our league. And he’s done a good job of it.”

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Malzahn didn’t shy away from the fact that Herb Hand’s group will be a big key to a win on Saturday or tiptoe around what Auburn is going to have to do to be successful against the top-ranked Bulldogs.

“We’ve got to run the football,” Malzahn said. “We’ve got to have explosive plays and we have to play with tempo. The offensive line is a big part of that.”

Georgia is currently ranked No. 4 in total defense, No. 5 in rushing defense and No. 7 in passing defense.

Auburn welcomes Georgia to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcasted by CBS.

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