October 13, 2006

Offensive line still a work in progress

The offensive line typically goes unnoticed by the casual football fan unless they give up a sack or get flagged for a penalty. The Buffaloes' offensive line was a very inconsistent early on in the season. But the unit has steadily improved each week, even with All-Big 12 center Mark Fenton on the sideline.

The progress has been particularly evident in run blocking. CU has averaged 211 yards on the ground the last three games.

While the improvement of the Buffs' offensive line has been encouraging, their production if still far from where the coaching staff wants it to be.

"We're making progress but it almost feels like right now we're where we should be at the end of spring ball typically," offensive line coach Chris Strausser explained. "Part of that is because we have some seniors in the group that have been coached differently for four years. So for those guys, it is particularly hard to go all the way back to ground zero and hear things differently.

"But I've been very pleased with the attitude of this group and the fact that they have continued to work hard. They have really worked harder every week as the season has gone on."

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