August 13, 2008

Bosley the center of AU's offense

The left tackle usually gets all the glory -- and the big NFL paychecks -- but any offensive line coach will tell you it's his center that's the heart and soul of the offensive line.

But in Auburn's new spread offense, the center takes on an even bigger role. He's responsible for making many of the pre-snap reads and calling out the snap count.

Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall, who blocked for Herschel Walker as a center at Georgia in 1980, places a lot of emphasis on having more than one center ready on gameday.

"You can never have enough centers," said Nall. "That's just a position that you want to have the numbers there in case something happens you can move someone in there and have a clue what they're doing."

Auburn got a taste of what life would be like without starting center Jason Bosley and backup center Ryan Pugh for one day last week and it wasn't pretty according to offensive coordinator Tony Franklin.

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