Offense Anchored By Experienced Line

Offense Anchored By Experienced Line

With freshman Anthony Alford slated to make the start at quarterback Saturday, he'll be helped by a talented and experienced offensive line that was a bright spot in the game against Nebraska in the opener. We talked with senior guard Joe Duhon after practice Tuesday about the early play of the offense and the experience that is key up front for the Eagles.

Typically when an offensive line is doing their job, you don't hear their name called much. The skill position players often get the glory for much of the work being done in the trenches. In fact, an offensive line is only called out when they are not doing their job.

In the first game against Nebraska, Joe Duhon and his teammates held their own against a deep and experienced defensive line.

"You have four returning starters who have been through it together," he said in an interview Tuesday after practice.

"You have a group of guys who go out to eat together all the time, clown around, and just love to play the game as a group. One thing that stands out about this group is that we are a unit together. There are no individuals here."

With an extra week to practice and focus on the next game, Joe said the offense worked a lot on moving the ball through the air.

"Today we really worked on our passing game and pass blocking against a good ECU defensive line," he said.

"We worked on the details of it and got into game planning. We know they played well against us last year so we were motivated to get them back this year."

Duhon said the naming of a starting quarterback does not matter to the line. They have a job to do and will be ready and have confidence in any of the three quarterbacks.

"It is good to have a starting quarterback named but the game plan is still the same," he said.

"We have a great group of quarterbacks and whether it is Anthony or Chris we'll keep doing our job. Anthony can run it but he is progressing in the pass game real well. The game plan will stay the same and we will just roll with it.

"We have to run the ball effectively because that is going to open up the pass for us. We want to put the game in our hands because we know we have to help out our quarterbacks. We have taken on that challenge."

Duhon will be running into the Rock Saturday for his final home opener. It is a moment he's been waiting for since the Hawaii Bowl ended last year, and will be bittersweet for him this year.

"It means a lot to me," he said.

"I have been waiting for a long time. It will feel so good to be out there in front of our home crowd again. For me, it is the first one of the season and also my last one. It is special to be in front of the greatest fans in the world, and we are all ready for it."

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