AU's Bosley toughs it out on the line
By Ross Dellenger
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AUBURN — Jason Bosley doesn't look much like a football player — except for his 6-foot-4, 290-pound frame.
His perfect circular eyeglasses rest on a pale face. His closely-trimmed brown beard is carefully maintained. He's someone you might see with his head buried in a book, sitting quietly in the corner of the school library, a bag of chips lying in his lap.
But as he proved Saturday as Auburn's starting center, he's much more than a book worm. Hobbled by a sprained knee, the Huntsville native and Grissom High grad played every offensive snap in Auburn's 9-7 win at Arkansas.
"He's the epitome of mental and physical toughness," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said.
"Ain't many of us would have done what he did, played the entire game."
Bosley collapsed during the second quarter of Auburn’s win over Vanderbilt last week. Grasping his knee, the junior limped off the field with the help of trainers.
He wasn’t expected to play against Arkansas, but a tireless week of rehabilitation changed that thinking during warmups just minutes before kickoff in Fayetteville, Ark.
“I didn’t do hardly anything last week but lie around in bed and just keep off my feet,” Bosley said. “Wednesday, I got a few reps in practice. Thursday I got a few more. Saturday during warmups, coach (Hugh) Nall asked me how it felt, and I told him it felt pretty good, and he just let me go.”
And he went. All 76 snaps.
He’ll be expected to do the same this week when No. 18 Auburn (5-2, 3-1 SEC) faces No. 5 LSU (6-1, 3-1) in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Across from Bosley on LSU’s defensive line will be tackle Glenn Dorsey.
As if playing with a wounded knee in a hostile environment weren’t enough, he’ll have to block one of the best defensive players in the nation. Bosley called the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Dorsey a “big ol’ stout dude.”
“He’s got quickness. He can change direction. He’s strong,” Bosley said. “There’s a reason he’s going to be a millionaire in about eight months.”
Dorsey passed up an opportunity to enter the NFL draft last spring, choosing to play his senior year with LSU in hopes of winning a national title. Dorsey is projected as a top-five pick in the 2008 draft.
Bosley is much of the opposite of Dorsey. Fiery and ruthless, Dorsey plays a defensive coaches’ brand of football.
He’s quiet, unassuming ... and, of course, smart.
Throughout last week quarterback, Brandon Cox saw Bosley limping and hobbling throughout Auburn’s athletic facility. Bosley got treatment three or four times a day.
But to his surprise, Cox found himself taking snaps from “Boz” — the name teammates have bestowed upon him.
“I knew throughout the week that he wasn’t 100 percent. If he played, he wasn’t going to be 100 percent,” Cox said. “For him to play through that just shows the determination he has, just his willingness to put it on the line for the team.”
Auburn at LSU
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