December 29, 2006

McCain settling in on the offensive line

It appears Andrew McCain has found a home.

The Auburn sophomore was mainly a defensive end in high school and as a freshman on the Plains he played both tight end and defensive tackle.

But just a week into last spring's practice, McCain fond himself at an unfamiliar position - offensive line. On top of the position change, McCain also learned that he would have to redshirt this fall after playing sparingly as a true freshman in 2005.

"At the beginning of the year you look at a redshirt season and think, 'Oh God, you have to go through the whole year of all the work and no fun,'" said McCain. "But I just tried to pick out one thing each day to try to get better at and at the same time put on weight and get stronger.

"I think it's been a great situation football-wise and just getting me back in the class with the guys I came in with and getting to know the younger guys."

The offensive line is one of the toughest positions to learn so it's been a slow and methodical process for McCain to make the transition. Not surprisingly, he's caught on quickly to the run blocking but has taken some time to pick up pass blocking technique and learn all the offensive calls and audibles.

"When you move to offensive line the pass blocking, coming off the ball backwards for any athlete, especially a football player, is such an awkward motion," said McCain. "That's what I really had a tough time with in the beginning but I feel like I've gotten so much better. I'm feeling comfortable with my footwork."

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