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7.17.2010

The Five I'm Watching: Part VI (BONUS)

Hey everyone. So I couldn't whittle down the list to just five players without cutting Lee Ziemba, so he becomes the BONUS sixth player to watch.

Please enjoy your weekend ... and this fine piece of prose.

LEE ZIEMBA
Left tackle
  • Age: 21
  • Class: Senior (one season of eligibility remaining)
  • Size: 6-8, approximately 320 pounds
  • Previous roles: Starting left tackle
  • Theme song: ``Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," Eric Clapton (many people have performed it)
  • Relevant lyric: "When you finally get back up on your feet again, everybody wants to be your old long-lost friend."


THE GOOD: Ziemba is exactly what an NFL scout seeks in a left tackle. He's tall. He's big without being fat. He has relatively quick feet. Years of repetition have given him a strong base of fundamentals. Coaches always have praised his awareness. Ziemba has missed a total of zero games during his three-year career, which demonstrates an ability to play through injury. He is an outstanding run blocker. Ziemba often is overpowering in running situations. He was raised in an Auburn home -- his father is a graduate -- and I've always gotten the sense that he really is playing for the school. It's a difficult thing to quantify, sure, but I can sense it nonetheless.

THE BAD: He is penalized too often for someone of his experience and aptitude. Though his problem isn't as bad as some say, Ziemba has been flagged more more than his fair share of drive-stalling holds and false starts. He said in April that it's a concentration thing -- and something that has become a point of emphasis this offseason. Ziemba used to lean when guarding against the outside pass rush, which led to a rash of missed blocks in 2008, though he seemed to trust his lateral quickness more in 2009. He's probably a little above average as a pass blocker right now. That's a big improvement. It's rare that you see Auburn ask him to pull on a sweep or screen pass.

THE REALITY: He is Auburn's most reliable offensive player and one that cannot be replaced. The Tigers don't have anyone who can step in and play at Ziemba's level. I expect penalty prevalence to fall within the normal range this season. I also expect his pass-block skills to sharpen because of experience, which will make him a first- or second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He's an undervalued part of the Tigers' enterprise right now.

What do you think? Speak your mind!

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com.

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Blogger Norm said...

BOOM!

New page smell!

7:13 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Take notes kids, that's how it's done.

7:15 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Cincy...
50 raw eggs? Seriously? I have newfound respect.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

ehyou - you'd be wise to remember, you do not want to mess with those high school sorority types.

7:18 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Yeah, 50, but it was over a week. Sometimes I still get queasy remembering that week. But, I got an awesome husband out of it.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

A week? C'mon. Try fifty hard-boiled eggs in an hour.

7:30 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Yuck!

7:30 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

245 mg cholesterol x 50 = well, a lot.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

I can eat fifty eggs

7:39 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Mr. Cincy likes that movie. I do not.

7:46 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I got around to watching the last Bourne movie over the weekend. I realize that movies never follow the book exactly, but I don't see how these even share the same name. It's as if the screenwriter picked up the books, read the dust jacket and said "Amnesiac spy, what a great idea. I think I'll write some movies about that".

7:54 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Cincy...
You know that newfound respect I mentioned? Well, we're back to square one after that comment.

7:55 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

ehyou...I don't think they (Bourne producers/writers/director) made any bones about that. They admitted they just took the basic concept and spinned their own story from that.

7:57 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

How bout we try "spun" instead of "spinned" in that last post. Thanks.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

ehyou - agreed on both points. I read everything Ludlum wrote. Oddly, I chose to stop reading his works after his death. Somehow, like Tupac, things seem to keep coming out under his name.

cincy - if Mr. Cincy, ehyou and I, along with millions of others think it's an excellent movie, don't you think you should too? Yeah, that's right, you do.

8:00 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I Robot was the same way. A decent movie but please leave Asimov's name out of it.

8:02 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Norm,
What was I thinking? Of course Cool Hand Luke is one of my favorite movies! I do use this line quite often: What we got here is... failure to communicate.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

cincy - Thank you for clarifying that.

8:21 AM  
Blogger API said...

Welcome Flock.

Kathy, very sorry to hear about your dog. I had the exact same situation with my Golden(Blade) some 18 years ago. Never had the courage to get another dog.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I was reading about Andy Bitter's talk with Jay Jacobs and I laughed out loud.

Jay said the deal with Under Armour has been "fabulous" and "great for us."

I know that's not the case for the basketball programs. Aren't they part of "us?"

8:41 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

JayG...don't be silly. Of course not.

That said, hopefully this past recruiting class showed that we can overcome the under armour handicap. But UA has been great for Auburn...football.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

"I sat next to a man who said his 20-year-old son, a student at Auburn University in Alabama (a state synonymous with American Football), would wake early during the World Cup, paint his face and join a gaggle of friends at a bar to watch the matches during breakfast hours."

Thanks to LGGB for showing me this in a BBC story. You can read it here.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Twenty Questions for SEC Media Days.

9:28 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

the latest speculation on why some recruits drop certain schools they have favored from their list so quickly: someone close to the recruit (parent, uncle, cousin, uncle's-cousin's-dog) asks for some "special consideration" in return for the recruits continued interest in said school. some schools inadvertently remove themselves from the process by not responding the request for "special consideration". what is "special consideration"? that is a good question. isn't making sausage fun?

9:30 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I will rampantly speculate, look at what Southern Cal got caught doing and just imagine all the things they got away with under the radar.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, it just seems obvious to me that UA-T is cheating.

9:38 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Of course they are.

9:42 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

THT...
That's good stuff from Pat Dooley.

"What’s the over/under on alleged journalists wearing credentials over their fan gear?"

9:42 AM  
Blogger scottie b Tommy Gavin said...

morning hotties. i had a blast at my sister's wedding last weekend. got a few pics on facebook. walked into a hornet's nest at work this morning.

yall have a good one!

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chip ..thanks for your concern. Just for the record, I enjoy and participate in speculation as much or more than the next guy. That being said, My issue is that I definitely have a problem with negative speculation coupled with sarcasm aimed at Auburn.

There are always negative issues surrounding any team. I try to keep negative comments limited to recognizable, discernible situations and then discuss them without taking cheap shots at the team.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

story about Auburn's hockey club

10:30 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

If you don't think this sporting event is hilarious, then you're wrong. Those of you who enjoy the Kentucky Derby should really appreciate the athleticism of these horses.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Baldy said...

I think Norm just did the Jedi mind trick on Cincy with regard to her dislike and now like of Cool Hand Luke.

"These are not the droids you're looking for."

"Uh..these aren't the droids we're looking for."

Impressive.

11:22 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Happy Media Days!!!

Okay, other than Spurrier, which coach will make the most controversial comment?

11:23 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Baldy - that's just one of many reasons I'm a very impressive individual.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

knowing Jet is another, right Norm?

11:54 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

But I like this thread

7:46 PM  
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