Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand heading to Big 12

Ruben Hill
January 17, 2018

Auburn allowed 19 or fewer sacks in each of those seasons but allowed 36 in its final season under Hand in 2017.

One day after Hand bolted to join the staff at Texas, it's being reported that Auburn plans to bring back J.B. Grimes to coach Gus Malzahn's offensive line. UConn is likely to target an offensive line coach with better recruiting skills. There, he worked with former UConn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who earlier this month left to take the same position at SMU.

On Dec. 13, Malzahn said he expected Hand, whose original contract with Auburn was set to expire on January 1, to return for the 2018 season. You saw what our line did. Hand also reportedly will be the co-offensive coordinator for the Longhorns.

Auburn's offensive line was successful during Grimes' first stint on the Plains.

Hand has served as the OL coach for the Tigers since 2016.

Under Grimes, Auburn ranked inside the top 35 nationally in each season in sacks allowed, which was an issue in its two seasons with Hand. The Tigers return three players with starting experience in Prince Tega Wanogho, Mike Horton and Marquel Harrell, all of whom signed prior to Grimes' last season with the team in 2015.

The Tigers have only two linemen signed in the Class of 2018: Three-star tackle Kameron Stutts (who will play guard) and four-star guard Jalil Irvin (who will play center).

Auburn hosted uncommitted four-star tackle Dylan Wonnum this past weekend and is expected to host more recruits at the position during the official visit weekends leading up to February 7.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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