SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Top-ranked Auburn starts a seasoned
offensive line in the national championship game - and Brandon
The Tigers' starting right tackle is a junior college transfer
who entered the season with plenty of experience - at tight end,
defensive end, linebacker and even punter.
"The kid's come a long, long way," is how offensive line coach
Jeff Grimes puts it. Indeed, he'll man the right side of the line
against No. 2 Oregon on Monday night with a national title on the
The other four linemen have a collective 161 starts. The group
helped pave Cam Newton's way to the Heisman Trophy.
They're led by All-Southeastern Conference center Ryan Pugh and
left tackle Lee Ziemba, who won the Jacobs Trophy as the SEC's top
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