The offensive line was a point of concern for the Rebels through the spring and early in August camp.
It was about mid-way through camp that the group began to show some cohesiveness.
Hugh Freeze all along emphasize patience for this group, saying they’re the last to “get it” with major changes to what they’ve been used to when a tempo offense has been installed.
The Alabama game dropped the Rebels from first to fourth in the SEC in rushing offense, not unexpected. They are last in the league in sacks allowed, giving up 3.2 per game.
“I think we improve as a line each week, but there are still small mistakes we mess up on that we can correct,” sophomore left guard Aaron Morris said. “Like, I could put my hand in a better spot for a better pass set. There are always things I can improve on, but I think I’ve gotten better from Game 1 until now.”
The OL began to come together later in camp and made some great strides. The slow start was all about learning the new system and getting used to tempo, Morris said.
Obviously the next big thing is pass protection. Not all of that is on the OL. Some of it is on quarterbacks needing to throw away the football. That would help the sack numbers, but there’s still too much pressure applied to the quarterbacks, and that’s the next big challenge for the OL.
Morris says it comes down to the left hand knowing what the right hand is doing.
“We’ve got to communicate better. It’s like, we can have a play there, but if we as a line don’t communicate with each other, we’ll miss something.”