Player Profle #87 – OL Lee Ziemba

They play for the Iron Bowl each season in Alabama, between the Crimson Tide and the Auburn War Eagles.

In the Iron Bowl last year there was an iron man – Auburn tackle Lee Ziemba.

By the time Ziemba completed his college career in the BCS Championship game against Oregon he started a school record 52 consecutive games. From the first game of his freshman season in 2007, Ziemba has been on the field, available and durable. For the Arkansas native even missing a play was not something he wanted to do.

Ahead now is the NFL, where some teams consider him a guard, others a tackle. Ziemba doesn’t care about position or zip code … he just wants to continue playing.

Here’s his story.


Daniel Lee Ziemba (ZIM-buh)

Born – March 29, 1989 in Rogers, Arkansas.

Family – Parents are Mike and Dawn Ziemba, both attended Auburn.


  • Height – 6-feet, 5½ inches.
  • Weight – 317 pounds.
  • Arm – 34 inches.
  • Hand – 9 5/8 inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 5.5 seconds (5.46 at Pro Day)
  • 20-yard dash – 3.10 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.87 seconds.
  • Bench press – 20 reps at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 29 inches.
  • Broad jump – 7 feet, 11 inches.


Ziemba graduated with the Class of 2007 at Rogers High School.

Playing for the Mounties and head coach Ronnie Peacock, earning All-State recognition in 2005 and 2006 as an offensive tackle. He led Rogers into the 7A championship game before losing the title 23-22 and was declared player of the year by the Arkansas High School Athletic Association.

In 2006, Ziemba was named the Gatorade high school football player of the year in Arkansas and was named to both the USAToday and Parade Magazine’s national All-America teams.


Some of the biggest programs in the country recruited Ziemba coming out of Rogers – Auburn, Arkansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Southern Cal. He visited Auburn and Arkansas, and committed to Auburn in January 2007.


Ziemba majored in history at Auburn.

In his senior season on the field, he won the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the conference best offensive lineman. He was also named by the Associated Press second-team All-America and well as a unanimous first-team All-SEC player.

2010 – Team captain, he started 13 games at LT. He suffered a right knee injury vs. Mississippi State, leaving the game and not returning. But he came back and played the next week. He started the BCS Championship Game against Oregon.

2009 – Ziemba started all 13 games at LT and earned second-team All-SEC status.

2008 – Moving from right to left tackle, he started all 12 games.

2007 – As a true freshman, he started all 13 games at right tackle, becoming the first true freshman to start a season opener since 2002.


Strengths – Big, strong, stout and powerful, with big push in the running game. He uses his hands well and shows sound fundamentals in both blocking for the run and in pass protection. Ziemba played with a nasty disposition, but he also plays smart. He understands the game, and especially play along the line of scrimmage with angles and such. His durability is exceptional, having started 52 consecutive games and doing that in the SEC.

Weaknesses – He’s not a great natural athlete so sometimes he plays stiff and doesn’t move with instant quickness. He tends to bend from the waist rather than the knees. Generally, he recognizes what’s coming at him, but sometimes can’t physical get to the right spot on the field and thus will reach and get out of position and balance. Throughout his career had problems will false starts.

Analysis – Ziemba probably doesn’t have the quick feet and lateral movement and agility to play left tackle in the NFL. He’ll likely move back over to right tackle or inside to guard. Wherever he lands, he brings all the intangibles that a team could want, along with a wealth of experience against top-caliber competition.


From an NFC scout – “What’s not to like about this guy. He’s not a great athletic prospect, but he’s a football player and I think he could be plugged into a guard spot or even right tackle and be in that spot there for years. It’s hard not to like him because he approaches the game just like you want. Love his personality.”


“NFL teams will being getting a tough guy who loves every aspect of the game from practice to meetings and the games. Off the field they will be getting a history buff who loves to learn about anything. A calm guy with a good sense of humor that loves to see people laugh.”

“I realized a long time ago that the girls go with the guys that carry the ball even though I’m one of the reasons he got that date.”


Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn – “He’s not only very strong. He’s athletic. It gives us confidence knowing our quarterback is protected.”


Ziemba has many of those intangibles that Pioli/Haley are seeking, from leadership, to durability, to passion and approach to work and football. Plus, there are all those snaps he saw in 52 games and four seasons of playing in the SEC. Everything points to him being part of the Chiefs draft board on the second and third day of the 2011 Draft.

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