Auburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes mic'd up
With more than three decades in coaching, J.B. Grimes would be the elder statesman on a lot of staffs throughout the country. But nowhere in college football is that seasoned expertise more valuable, or more pronounced, than Auburn, where Grimes is working for a second-year head coach and an offensive coordinator three years removed from a graduate assistant position and three months shy of his 30th birthday.
A career that began at the high school level in 1977 has taken him to Louisiana - Monroe, Delta State, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, East Carolina, Mississippi State, Kansas and then to Arkansas State in 2012 where, along with head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, he helped lead the Red Wolves to the Sun Belt title. Now the trio has landed at Auburn where they will be tasked with re-making a Tigers offense that ranked 112th or lower nationally in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense, and was held to 21 points or fewer in each of its eight SEC games last fall.
As you'll see below, the three-decade veteran still has the enthusiasm and energy of a guy coaching his first practice.