Auburn football quick hit: J.B. Grimes' focus solely on season opener

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJune 16, 2014 

Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes said Monday evening that the only thing on his mind heading into the fall is beating Arkansas in the season opener. (File photo)

ATHENS, Ga. — When it comes to running the ball, Auburn can't improve on its ranking from last season. After all, the Tigers finished first in the FBS in that category, averaging 328.3 yards per contest.

Repeating as the nation's top rushing team — thanks in large part to Auburn's dominant offensive line — is the furthest thing from J.B. Grimes' mind.

"What I want to do is beat Arkansas. That's it. Let's just beat Arkansas," the Tigers' offensive line coach said prior to a speaking engagement with the Greater Athens Auburn Club on Monday. "You know, stats and things like that, they'll take care of themselves as long as you're winning football games."

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